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Microsoft Envision discontinued, melts into Microsoft Ignite

by Dann Anthony Maurno
Assistant Editor, MSDW

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In a post entitled Microsoft 2017 event lineup, Microsoft announced that there will be no Microsoft Envision conference in February 2017; rather, it will be rolled into Microsoft Ignite.

Microsoft Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela made the announcement - the third of three items (more on the others later). Capossela wrote:

And finally, we are shifting Microsoft Envision, our event for business leaders previously planned for February, to become part of Microsoft Ignite Sept. 25-29. The partnership between business and IT leaders has never been more important, so Microsoft Ignite will now cater to both audiences and help foster collaboration between the two. We'll have more details to share in the coming months.

Microsoft is telling partners that "Microsoft Dynamics technical content will move to Microsoft Ignite."

Envision replaced the apparently much-preferred Microsoft Convergence event, in just four months to launch in April 2016.

After a rocky start, Envision had already been envisioned as something new. Just a month ago, Microsoft advised partners in November that Envision 2017 would do away with the traditional exhibit hall and sponsorship model for a more intimate and story-driven experience, with partners presenting "solution experiences" and success stories focused on the theme of driving digital transformation with Microsoft. Microsoft corporate vice president for the Worldwide Partner Group Gavriella Schuster advised in ...

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About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).