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Microsoft Sets Conference Calendar for 2015: New Enterprise Event Named Microsoft Ignite

In July of this year, Microsoft announced that they were combining several of their tech conferences like Microsoft Management Summit and TechEd into one event and making it more broad-focused that each of the combined ones were by themselves. At the time though, they had not named the conference, just simply made a note that it was happening, and that it would be May 4 to May 8 in 2015 in Chicago.

On October 16, Microsoft not only announced the event name, but also made available some of the other events coming in 2015 for those interested in Microsoft’s tools and technologies. The new event will be called Microsoft Ignite, and as communicated earlier, it will be in Chicago from May 4 to May 8. This event will feature the cream of Microsoft officials headlined by the CEO Satya Nadella. Others scheduled to be at Ignite include Brad Anderson, Joe Belfiore, Dave Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Chris Jones, Julie Larson Green, Gurdeep Singh Pall and many others. Clearly, this event is going to be a big deal.

The other events announced:

  • Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, March 16-19
  • //Build in San Francisco, April 29-May 1
  • Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, July 12-16

Back to the new conference, Ignite. Here’s what Microsoft says about it:

If you are on the hook to help your company make the right tech moves in the new world of mobile and cloud, Ignite is the show for you. For the first time ever, we’re putting under one roof the education, vision and guidance for the full spectrum of our enterprise solutions. Our best and brightest minds, along with thousands of your peers, will be there to help you chart the course for your team, your company and your career.

They claim this will be for everyone from senior tech strategist to a hard-core IT admin. They further say:

Ignite is where you’ll come up with your next great idea, based on what you learn about the upcoming wave of products and services. We’re going to cover it all, across cloud infrastructure and management, big data and analytics, productivity, unified communications, operating systems, mobile devices and more.

So Ignite seems like a conference about the “productivity” part of Satya Nadella’s “productivity and platforms company” label and //Build will be the “platforms” part of the same.

Registration is already open for Ignite at http://ignite.microsoft.com

World’s Social Media Gathering

If you are a social media geek, if you remain in touch with the developments that take place there within AND expecting a conference that stimulates your expectations, then you are right on the money! A conference encompassing such an atmosphere is taking place next month from July 6 to July 8, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. Captioned “World’s Social Media Gathering”, the conference is intended to focus on ideation, innovation, creative thinking and doing things beyond convention. It intends to gather social media trend-watchers, media analysts, businesses and strategic decisions makers from all over the planet to provide a perspective different from what this intended audience would provide. How would that happen? Well, the “World’s Social Media Gathering” will be hosted by unconventional speakers who would promote creativity among the audience by instilling thought-provoking ideas, implement innovative methods using practical sessions with a focus that would not deviate from YOU!

Changing the Rules of the Game

Since social media aims to provide a platform where every single individual on the face of this planet has an equal say in affairs of all types, this conference tilts the see-saw towards the common individual providing him the power, the decision making ability and putting ideas forward. Now people who have previously called the shots at corporate level will have to sit back and watch the future unfold. Inspired yet? If not, check this out:

RIM Reveals BBX Disappointment at DevCon

Today, Research in Motion officially announced BBX. BBX is the culmination of their legacy OS merged with what QNX has been building for the past year or so.

The developer conference that RIM hosts, DevCon, takes place over the next few days in San Francisco and then moves to Asia and Europe in the following months. New devices, new endeavors and anything new to RIM is normally announced at the event. So far, BBX has been the most ‘exciting’ thing. No new smartphones, no new tablets, and most certainly no devices running BBX have been discussed thus far.

So, what makes BBX so special? For starters, it’s a completely new platform — except it’s already on the PlayBook, which was an abysmal failure in comparison to other tablets. Okay, well they now have new development environments! HTML5 with WebWorks, Adobe Air, Native C/C++ and an Android Runtime. Even if developers don’t flock to using “web technologies” for their apps, you can surely rely on the vast Android Market, right? Before you do that, be sure to check out what will and won’t work with their Android Player  — almost nothing useful will work as it should.

What did RIM do properly? They announced they were abolishing some of the barriers to start developing for the platform. You no longer need to register to download the SDK. You no longer need to show ‘notarized papers’ to start developing. Leave the credit card in your wallet, it’s now free become a BlackBerry third party developer. That’s right, previous to today, you had to create an account, identify yourself and fork over cash before you could write a single line of code with their tools. If anybody was wondering why RIM was having a hard time attracting real talent, wonder no more!

RIM plans to use BBX to provide unification to their smartphones, tablets and other embedded devices they have in the works. BBM is there, push notifications are there, and their now-defunct proprietary communications backhaul  is there too! Everything you love (and hate) about BlackBerry is basically going to stay the same for the foreseeable future.

If RIM plans on gaining back the confidence they lost earlier this month, they will have to pull out all the stops over the next 2 days. We can only hope that the Waterloo-based company has an ace in the sleeve before they end the game.