Thinking ahead to 2013: Microsoft's show and launch line-up

Summary:Given it's 12/12/12, seems like the perfect day to look at what's on the Microsoft show and launch calendar for 2013.

It's that time of year again: Time to look ahead to 2013 and figure out which Microsoft conferences and launch events are worth attending in the coming year.

No doubt, like the case this year, there will be some surprise additions to the tried-but-true show calendar. Microsoft is taking a page from Apple's book and creating more of its own dedicated launch events for specific products -- primarily, if not exclusively, on the consumer front -- rather than attempting to shoe-horn its announcements into bigger shows, like CES. (The exception to this is Mobile World Congress, which the Windows Phone team continues to use as a venue for new product and technology announcements.

There are plenty of scheduled and rumored Microsoft conferences and launches already slated for the coming year. Here's my list so far. 


Microsoft Office 2013 launch
Late January (location and exact date unknown)
http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-makes-office-2013-available-to-volume-licensees-7000006711/

MVP Summit (invitation only)
Feb 18-21 Bellevue and Redmond
http://www.2013mvpsummit.com/about

Lync Conference 2013
February 19-21 San Diego
http://www.lyncconf.com/

Mobile World Congress 2013
February 25-28 Barcelona
http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

Convergence 2013
March 18-21 New Orleans
http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/

Game Developers Conference 2013
March 25-29 San Francisco
http://www.gdconf.com/

Microsoft Management Summit 2013
April 8-12 Las Vegas
http://www.2013mms.com/register

Microsoft Hosting Summit 2013
May 21-23 Seattle
https://www.microsofthostingsummit.com/

TechEd North America 2013
June 3-6 New Orleans
http://northamerica.msteched.com/#fbid=gYExbozGTe-

TechEd Europe 2013
(No exact dates avail yet, but expected at end of June) Madrid

http://www.citmagazine.com/article/1165062/Microsoft-appoints-PMA-Tech-Ed-2013-event?

E3 2013
June 11-13 Los Angeles
http://www.e3expo.com/

Worldwide Partner Conference 2013
July 7-11 Houston
http://www.digitalwpc.com/Registration/Pages/Registration.aspx#fbid=2pwFJIIkIOC

Microsoft Global CIO Summit (invitation only)
September 17-19 Redmond
https://www.msgciosummit.com/registration

SQL PASS 2013

October 15-18 Charlotte
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121108006811/en/Announcing-PASS-Summit-2013-Charlotte-NC-Oct.

Microsoft Build 2013
Fall 2013 (exact dates/location unknown)

Xbox 720 launch
Fall 2013 (exact date/location unknown)

Anyone know of other noteworthy Microsoft-specific launch/show events that I'm missing?

Topics: Microsoft

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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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