The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, commonly abbreviated WPC, is a conference held annually by Microsoft Corporation for its partner community. At WPC, partners learn about Microsoft’s roadmap for the upcoming year, network and build connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations, and learn new skills and techniques. There are also keynote addresses from Microsoft executives, featured speakers, business-track specific offerings, and hundreds of sessions.
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a collection of remote computing services, also called web services, which make up a cloud computing platform offered by Amazon.com. These services are based out of 11 geographical regions across the world. The most central and well-known of these services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon S3. These products are marketed as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and cheaper than building an actual physical server farm.
Orange Studios offers its members the ability to collaborate with and contribute to the creativity of the Seattle entrepreneurial landscape. Unlike other co-working spaces, Orange Studios provides a convenient eastside location, an interesting open space and a simple three tiered membership plan which allows you to work on your terms. By offering quality startup services such as introductions to funding sources and networking events within the Seattle startup community, the overall result is a thriving entrepreneurial and social community.
Imagine Cup is a global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion and technical knowledge to create applications, games and integrated solutions that change the way we live, work and play. There are a number of competitions and challenges within the Imagine Cup. The Software Design category is the primary competition, and winners of this challenge take home the Imagine Cup trophy
TechEd is an annual conference for developers and IT professionals hosted by Microsoft. It is held in several locations around the world. The conference normally lasts between three and five days, and consists of presentation and whiteboard sessions, and hands-on labs. There are opportunities to meet Microsoft experts, MVPs and community members. Networking is enhanced through parties, community areas and Ask the Expert sessions. The event also includes an exhibition area where vendors can show off technologies and sell products. There is a vast content catalog from which attendees can select sessions that will be most beneficial to their professional development.
Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Attendees register to stay up to date on all the latest news and information needed to compete in Imagine Cup! Imagine Cup breaks new ground by challenging attendees to solve tough problems facing the world today, and maybe even turn ideas into a business. The convention also showcases the next wave of games and applications – emphasizing the future of technology. Students are encouraged to learn new technological skills by competing with their brightest peers around the world. Aside from making new friends, attendees can also win cash and prizes, and access exclusive Boot Camp offers.
MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals who create the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web. Sessions range from technical, code-based topics to expert advice on content strategy, usability and design. Attendees are invited to explore the future of a standards-based web. Unlike many of Microsoft’s technical conferences, MIX has been promoted heavily to designers, inviting popular speakers from other popular web design conferences like SXSW. MIX sponsors a CSS design contest each year to promote the conference.
With Microsoft Private Cloud the benefits are clear. With the built-in virtualization capabilities, Windows Server offers best-in-class features and performance for improved utilization of the resources you have today. In addition, users have more flexibility and easy access to additional resources. When you add the capabilities of System Center, you can build cloud elasticity and scalability into the data center using automation, resource pooling, and dynamic provisioning.
Industry professionals find TechEd to be the best opportunity to explore Microsoft solutions for delivering innovation and productivity in the enterprise. Attendees learn about industry-shaping trends and how they will enable organizations to advance their business. In addition, attendees discover how to quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud, to take advantage of new capabilities that provide enterprise-class scalability with predictable performance and reduced infrastructure costs.
Build is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies. First held in 2011, it serves as a successor for Microsoft’s previous developer events: the Professional Developers Conference (an infrequent event which covered development of software for the Windows operating system) and MIX (which covered web development centered on Microsoft technology like Silverlight and ASP.net).
The Business Productivity Online Suite is a set of Microsoft-hosted communications and collaboration solutions, delivered as a subscription. This suite of enterprise-class services enables organizations of all sizes to improve their business productivity without maintaining a complex IT infrastructure of their own.
TechNet is the home for all resources and tools designed to help IT professionals succeed with Microsoft products and technologies. TechNet’s primary web presence is a collection of sites for IT professionals that provide information, documentation, and discussion. These sites are authored both by Microsoft and by the community at large. Recent emphasis on and incorporation of applications such as forums, blogs, library annotations, and social bookmarking have changed the nature of the TechNet site, from a one-way information service to an open dialog between Microsoft and the IT professional community.