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

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.

TOPICS: Microsoft

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)

MVP Summit (invitation only)
Feb 18-21 Bellevue and Redmond

Lync Conference 2013
February 19-21 San Diego

Mobile World Congress 2013
February 25-28 Barcelona

Convergence 2013
March 18-21 New Orleans

Game Developers Conference 2013
March 25-29 San Francisco

Microsoft Management Summit 2013
April 8-12 Las Vegas

Microsoft Hosting Summit 2013
May 21-23 Seattle

TechEd North America 2013
June 3-6 New Orleans

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

E3 2013
June 11-13 Los Angeles

Worldwide Partner Conference 2013
July 7-11 Houston

Microsoft Global CIO Summit (invitation only)
September 17-19 Redmond


October 15-18 Charlotte

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?

Topic: Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • XBOX "720"

    Hi Mary
    I would expect to see the next gen XBOX(es) to be announced early in the year. Launch tites are very important and it's going to be very difficult to keep a lid on any new hardware if they are aiming for the holiday 2013 market. I also imagine we'll see a Windows Blue event around late Spring / early Summer.
    • Xbox 720

      Hi. Yes, I expect MS to do some "sneak peeks" and share tidbits on the next Xbox earlier next year. But I doubt it will launch until just before holiday 2013. Probably Oct/Nov.

      Blue: Will be interesting if they share anything in advance. I'm curious if they will hold any kind of launch event or just push the update out. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
    • I don't know about xbox360

      but I would bet that xbox720 is running the windows8 kernal.

      There is so much benefit to doing that.
      • Win8 Kernal?

        Or Win Blue kernal? I am guessing it will depend on timing. But, I agree that is should use that kernal.
    • It is my understanding that the next Xbox will be called Xbox 8 ...

      ... and I have heard fall 2013 mentioned as a release/availability date.
      M Wagner
  • What is happening with code "D" project - the "holy grail" of software?

    Hi Mary
    What do you think happened to Bill Gates vision in 2008 is their Declarative Model Development (originally code "D") still on plan? Gates touted plans to build a declarative modelling language that could greatly reduce the need to code. He called it the “holy grail of development forever”, “the dream the quest…. but would be in a time frame of 5 to 8 years.” So next year......? Or maybe it was it too disruptive or even too difficult?
    David Chassels
    • Oslo. Dead

      See blogs passim; the Oslo folk are gone - to SQL or Facebook and other parts of the Microsoft disapora
  • Windows Phone 9 Reboot

    Wait for their announcement of a complete reimagining of Windows Phone. WP8 will be OBSOLETE, instead you will develop apps for WP9 using just HTML and CSS. JavaScript will also be allowed, but you have to submit the code to Microsoft for them to compile for users to download from their servers, otherwise it won't run.
    • @ldo17, It seems you have lot of information than Mary Jo

      It would be nice if you share it here, otherwise happy trolling. We are here to laugh at you always, no need worry about it.
      Ram U
    • I see obsolescence in your comments, and in fact, you and your comments

      have been obsolete since before you started posting.

      I told you before that you need to go back to troll school to pick up some new silly and stupid remarks, because, you've become too predictable.

      If you want to continue posting the same nonsense you've been posting, just issue a "ditto to all of my previous nonsense" after your name, and we'll already know what you meant.
  • Surface Pro?

    Promised my daughter one of these. After Christmas is bad enough. Any news?
    The sooner the better
    • I believe they are still

      planning January for them. If they have the Intel Clover Trail chips, that is probably the best they can do anyway given the yield issues Intel is having in making them.
      • Core i5

        not Atom, Core i5
  • IE10 on Win 7

    IE10 on Win 7 is the release date I'm looking for.
  • What about Vegas

    and SharePoint? The annual SharePoint Conference is usually in Las Vegas in the fall. This year it was in November. Are they doing it next year?

    For a product that generates $2B in annual revenue (, Microsoft seems to do surprisingingly little to promote it. I'm a casual observer compared to Mary Jo, but it seems to me that they do next to nothing to communicate about this product. For example, I haven't seen SP 2013 mentioned on their home page, but I don't check every day so maybe I missed it.

    Anyway, SharePoint 2013, Vegas!

    Oh, yeah, what about MEC? They revived Microsoft Exchange Conference this year, it was last September in Orlando, FL. It had been a part of TechEd for a long time -- will it be on again as a standalone conference next year?
  • MEC 2013

    Will there be a Microsoft Exchange Conference 2013 this year? It is hard to plan for seeing how it isn't published.