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Tech.Ed 2006 reaches new level of scale and relevance

22 August, 2006 | Archived Post

More than 2600 people flock to IT educational experience of the year

Sydney, Australia – 22 August 2006 – Microsoft’s annual technical education conference, Tech.Ed 2006, kicks off tonight at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, with more than 2600 software developers and IT professionals registered to attend. The event has more than doubled in size over the last two years from a base of 1,200 attendees in 2004.

Today is Student Day at Tech.Ed and more than 500 students from NSW and national universities will get a head start on their IT careers by attending conference sessions about upcoming technologies as well as investigating job opportunities with Microsoft and some of its partners.

The official event, an intensive three days of learning, networking and practical experience, kicks off tomorrow morning with keynote speaker Ms. Anne Kirah, Senior Design Anthropologist, Microsoft Corporation and runs until Friday 25 August. Ms. Kirah is responsible for global field research and participatory design. Using primarily qualitative measures, Ms. Kirah aims to innovate with new feature conceptions as well as improve the features, interfaces and the general ease of use for many Microsoft products by giving customers a voice during the product development cycle.

Other highlight speakers include:

  • Scott Guthrie, General Manager, ASP.NET. Scott co-founded the ASP.NET Team, and leads the design team responsible for architecting the ASP.NET and Internet Information Server. Basically if you run a Web site that runs on Microsoft technology you're probably using the products that Scott's teams develop.
  • Mike Fitzmaurice, Senior Product Manager, Office Servers and Arpan Shah, Group Product Manager Office Servers – both gurus in Office server and experts on the upcoming 2007 Microsoft Office System.
  • Charlie Chung, Program Manager, Exchange Server is a lead on the Exchange System Management team delivering the IT Pro experience through the Exchange Server product.
  • Scott Dickens, Program Manager, Windows Deployment and expert in image engineering and remote deployment using Windows.

A key focus for Tech.Ed 2006 is also certification. Microsoft offers attendees the opportunity to sit for an exam at the event and walk away with a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) industry certification at heavily discounted rates.

“Microsoft Australia is committed to growing Tech.Ed significantly, both in scale and relevance. We extensively polled the IT community so we could offer the right content to meet their needs. As a result we’ve created a more comprehensive event with additional tracks and more practical labs,” said Mr. Ben English, Technical Audience Manager, Microsoft Australia.

“We want Tech.Ed to be the single most valuable education experience of the year for IT professionals. We work in a very dynamic industry where keeping skills relevant and maintaining a good network of peers is crucial for individuals to enhance their career prospects and for organisations to maintain competitive advantage”, he said.

In addition to more than 150 technical sessions, Tech.Ed 2006 will also offer a comprehensive range of hands-on labs for self-paced learning and two-day ‘deep dive’ technology workshops that provide practical experience and instruction from top consultants and trainers.

As well as providing training on Microsoft’s current generation of software, delegates will have the opportunity to get up to speed on Microsoft’s next generation software in the lead up to the launch of Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows “Longhorn” Server.

The major sponsors of the event are gold sponsors Quest Software, EMC and Intel; silver sponsor Compuware Asia Pacific and bronze sponsors Sourcecode, CA, Appsense and BMC Software.

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About Microsoft Tech.Ed 2006
Tech.Ed, Microsoft’s premier developer and IT professional training event, reaches more than 78,000 people worldwide annually providing access to technical experts, the latest technical information and hands-on labs to learn the skills they need to build state-of-the-art solutions.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

For further information:
Cathy Jamieson
PR Manager
Microsoft Australia
Ph: 02 9870 2220 or 0412 177 738

Anne Flanagan
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3810 or 0405 082 603


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