Microsoft has officially opened registrations for the Ignite conference, scheduled for October 12-14 in Seattle. As has been the case for the past two years, the event will be digital for the majority of attendees, although some have the opportunity to attend in person. There are also local Ignite “Spotlight” events in other parts of the world for those interested.
Unless you’re attending in person in Seattle, registration is free, as you’d expect. We don’t yet know the specific contents of Ignite for this year, since Microsoft has not yet published a list of sessions, but since the event has been around for a while, it shouldn’t be too surprising. Microsoft Ignite typically includes news across Microsoft, specifically focusing on business features in Microsoft 365, Azure, and sometimes Windows.
Windows is generally not the focus of these events, and tends to get its own time in the spotlight when Microsoft has something to share. We’ll likely hear more about Windows in the coming weeks or months as Windows 11 version 22H2 is set to arrive very soon.
You should also not expect any hardware advertisements in Ignite. Just like Windows, Surface products are getting their own time in the spotlight with dedicated events, and we should also get one sometime in the fall, as we expect products like the Surface Pro 9. Ignite is all about Microsoft’s more business-oriented products, like Office, Teams, and other services aimed at larger enterprise customers.
For now, all we can expect is the classic opening speech from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in which you’ll likely hear the bulk of the news coming from Ignite. Then, you’ll have multiple sessions over the following days, to delve into some of the topics discussed in the keyword, among other things. Some of these sessions will likely contain additional news, but are mostly intended for those who want to learn more about the new capabilities introduced during the event.
If you’re interested, you can head over to the Microsoft Ignite homepage to start registering for the event.