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.
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.