Last updated: August 2, 2023
Which Microsoft 365 Conference Should You Attend?
Choosing the right Microsoft 365 conference can be a daunting task since there are so many great options available. In this article, we'll discuss some of the factors to consider when making your decision and recommend a few of our favorites.These are the top preferred options by our CEO and Microsoft MVP, Asif Rehmani (you can access recordings of his presentations here).
Why should you attend a SharePoint and Microsoft 365 Conference?
These days, training and travel budgets are limited. You truly have to convince yourself (and your boss) that it’s going to be worth the time and money to attend a conference.
There are many reasons to attend a Microsoft 365 conference. Here are a few of the most important:
- Stay up-to-date on the latest Microsoft 365 news and trends. Microsoft is constantly releasing new features and updates for its productivity suite, so it's important to stay informed about what's new. Attending a conference is a great way to learn about the latest developments and how they can benefit your organization.
- Learn from the experts. Microsoft 365 conferences are packed with experienced professionals who can share their knowledge and expertise with you. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best in the business and get your questions answered.
- Network with other professionals. Attending a conference is a great way to meet other professionals who are interested in Microsoft 365. This can be a valuable networking opportunity, and you may even find some new collaborators or clients.
If your company is focused on or is evaluating SharePoint and Microsoft 365 as a critical component of your business, it will definitely serve you well to look into attending a conference with SharePoint and Microsoft 365 content (we also recommend using a tool such as VisualSP to provide in-context support for your users).
2023 and 2024 Microsoft 365 Conferences
There are many great Microsoft 365 conferences to choose from, so it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. Here are a few of our favorites
2024 Dates: April 30, May 1 & 2, Orlando, FL
This conference is North America's largest and most comprehensive event around mainly SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 technologies.
In addition to attracting IT pros, developers, and consultants, Microsoft invites business leaders and decision-makers to this event as well. It's a great place to meet entire teams as they all come together to learn how Microsoft 365-related technologies empower teamwork, employee engagement, communications, and organizational effectiveness.
Usual attendance at this conference: 1,500 attendees.
- 365 EduCon Seattle: August 21-25
- 365 EduCon Chicago: October 30-November 3
- 365 EduCon Washington DC: August 12-16
365 EduCon is held three to four times a year. The best part about these conferences is their focus on the local audience. Whether it’s held in Dallas, DC, Seattle or Chicago (the usual locations for this conference), it provides the best value to the local audience who is not satisfied completely with local user groups and events.
We recommend checking out EduCon since you may not have to travel far for it, and yet it still brings in top speakers.
Usual attendance at these conferences: 400 attendees.
2023 Date: Nov 27 - 30 (Amsterdam)
ESPC is the largest Microsoft 365 conference in Europe and grows in size every year. Coordinators are meticulous about almost every aspect of the conference and it shows. Another reason people love going to this conference is because it happens in a different city every year. They keep it a secret and only reveal at the end of the conference where it's going to happen next year. So far the ones I have been to were in Copenhagen, Dublin, Barcelona, Vienna, and Stockholm.
Usual attendance at this conference: 1,200 attendees.
Microsoft 365 User Groups
A well-run Microsoft 365 User Group is designed to serve the users (usually for free) with monthly or bi-monthly events focused on all aspects of Microsoft 365. Definitely check out and find the Microsoft 365 User Group in your city. There are many good ones out there. Usually, there are a couple of presentations at each meeting with a lot of interaction with the audience.
Caution: Unfortunately, some Microsoft 365 user groups have been taken over by local training or consulting companies. The focus for these have shifted to serve more as a lead generation for these companies rather than a true Microsoft 365 community gathering. Check out the user group’s site for these signs before visiting.
In addition to in-person Microsoft 365 conferences, there are also various virtual Microsoft 365 conferences and presentations held year-round. There are too many to mention here; however, doing a simple search on ‘Microsoft 365 virtual conference’ will bring up several of them.
More often than not, these are hosted by either Microsoft 365 training or consulting companies. Also, various in-person conference organizers host virtual conferences as well.
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