Microsoft's conference dance card is starting to fill in for 2014.
While the Softies aren't expectedto have much of a presence -- beyond a supporting one in a few meeting rooms -- at CES next week, they'll still be there. Microsoft officials also will be at a few other major non-Microsoft-run shows, like NRF, Mobile World Congress and the Game Developers Conference in the coming year.
But Microsoft's main event push in 2014, as it was in 2013, is expected to be at Microsoft-sponsored events, like Convergence, Build, TechEd and WPC. Microsoft also will likely schedule and host some additional product-specific events along the line, as it did last year.
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 Las Vegas
Expect Microsoft to be backing its OEMs' plays (even if they're dabbling with Android and/or ChromeOS, too) at CES. Maybe we'll even see a Nokia announcement or two. (Lumia 929, anyone?)
National Retail Federation Show 2014 New York, NY
NRF is typically a showcase for Microsoft's embedded and point-of-sale technologies. In the past, it's also been a place for showing off the original Surface table.
Microsoft Project Conference Anaheim, CA
Microsoft Lync 2014 Conference Las Vegas
Mobile World Congress Barcelona
There will be a Nokia developer conference on the 25th at the show. (Thanks @gspyrou) Maybe we'll hear something about the Windows Phone Blue (8.1) release here; maybe not.
Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 Las Vegas
Convergence 2014 Atlanta, GA
Microsoft's annual confab for its Dynamics CRM and ERP customers and partners.
Game Developers Conference San Francisco, CA
Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) 2014 Austin, TX
March 31-April 2
Build 2014 San Francisco, CA
All eyes will be on Windows Phone Blue, Windows 8.1 Update 1, Xbox One, Visual Studio and maybe even Office "Gemini" at Microsoft's premiere developer conference. Registration opens January 14.
TechEd North America 2014 Houston, TX
If the rumors are right, this year's TechEd may be the last. The content at TechEd North America this year also is expected to include some management-specifc tracks, as the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) is now being folded into this show.
E3 2014 Los Angeles
Games, gamers and gaming/entertainment devices galore.
Worldwide Partner Conference Washington, DC
A favorite Microsoft venue for highlighting new PCs, tablets and other Windows-based devices.
TechEd Europe 2014
October (dates and location not yet public)
There had been some speculation Microsoft might drop TechEd Europe this year. But thanks to info unearthed by one of my contacts, it sounds like the show will go on (at least this year).
SQL PASS 2014 Seattle, WA
Any other big Microsoft-run or Microsoft-centric events I've missed?