Microsoft weighs new names for its TechEd conference successor

Summary:Microsoft is surveying select users and partners about what it should name its unified IT pro show slated for next year. Here are the names said to be on the short list.

Microsoft is surveying select customers and partners about what it should name its new catch-all conference that is replacing TechEd and a number of other product-specific shows.


Microsoft officials announced in July that the company is consolidating its TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, SharePoint, Lync and Exchange conferences into a single, new unified tech conference that will be held in Chicago. The new IT-Pro-focused event is slated for the week of May 4, 2015.

According to some of those surveyed, Microsoft's short list of names under consideration for the new show include:

  • Microsoft Current
  • Microsoft Co:
  • Microsoft Forsee (not sure if that's a typo)
  • Microsoft 4C
  • Microsoft GO
  • Microsoft Tomorrow
  • Microsoft Spark
  • Microsoft Unity

Microsoft's Build and Worldwide Partner Conferences will remain separate events. As to what happens to TechEd Europe in 2015, "we have nothing more to share at this time," a Microsoft spokesperson said earlier this year.

Any of these sound like a winner? Or any other write-in candidates you'd suggest, Microsoft show-goers?

Topics: CXO, IT Priorities, Microsoft


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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