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Microsoft pushes back its Ignite 2016 show from May to September

Microsoft's main conference for IT professionals, Ignite, will be held in Atlanta in September in 2016, rather than May in Chicago, as previously planned.

Microsoft has pushed back the dates of its Ignite 2016 conference from May to September 2016, and has changed the planned location from Chicago to Atlanta.

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Earlier this week, the Chicago Tribune reported that Microsoft was cancelling Ignite 2016, which the company had previously announced would be held May 9 to 13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

On October 14, Microsoft officials blogged that the company had decided to postpone Ignite to September.

The Chicago Tribune story quoted the head of Choose Chicago saying Microsoft's decision was due to unavailability of McCormick Place on the dates Microsoft wanted.

After the change in times, here's what Microsoft's conference calendar for next year is shaping up like:

  • Build: Spring 2016 in San Francisco
  • Convergence: April 4-7, 2016 in New Orleans
  • WPC: July 10-14, 2016 in Toronto
  • Microsoft Ignite: September 26-30, 2016 in Atlanta

Ignite -- the first iteration of which was in Chicago this past May -- replaces and brings under a single umbrella a number of formerly separate Microsoft conferences including TechEd, the Microsoft Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Project conferences.