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Oct 16 2014   3:38PM GMT

Microsoft hopes to Ignite attendees with new conference format

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

IT conferences
Satya Nadella

Mark your calendars, Windows Server admins — Ignite is coming.

In a blog post that went live today, Microsoft said the official name of its new conference is Microsoft Ignite. The conference is scheduled to take place May 4-8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, and CEO Satya Nadella will be the event’s keynote speaker.

Ignite, which Microsoft first discussed earlier this year, is a combination of the company’s previous Management Summit events as well as its Exchange, Lync, Project, SharePoint and TechEd conferences.

The move to consolidate the conferences into one large event ignited some debate among experts about how effective the new format will be for attendee learning experiences. As a potential response to some of that debate, the company said it is making it a priority to “give attendees direct access to hundreds of Microsoft engineers and executives” at Ignite.

The blog post also detailed other conferences scheduled for 2015, including Convergence, Build and the Worldwide Partner Conference.

What do you think of Microsoft’s move to create the Ignite conference? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

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