Microsoft Splits Ignite Into Two Events

Posted on August 6, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft with 4 Comments

Microsoft will still hold a virtual Ignite conference in September as planned, but it will now hold a second Ignite in early 2021 as well.

“We’re excited to announce that we’ve pivoted Microsoft Ignite from a week-long, in-person event to two global events that are free, 48-hour digital gatherings,” Microsoft chief marketing officer Chris Capossela writes in the announcement post.

Ignite 2020 will be held September 22 through 24, 2020, and then a second Ignite will be held sometime in early 2021, date to be determined.

Additionally, Microsoft is canceling its Microsoft Ignite Tour events, which have traditionally been held in different cities around the world in the wake of the normal in-person Ignite conference.

“Instead, Microsoft Ignite will bring all global participants together and include the opportunity for local community meetups, will have language localization, and participants will also be able to get skill building with Microsoft Learn and certifications,” Capossela notes, adding that the second Ignite will not replace Build 2021. “We’ll continue to host Microsoft Build as the forum for our developer communities to come together,” he says.

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4 responses to “Microsoft Splits Ignite Into Two Events”

  1. Usman

    adding that the second Ignite will note replace Build 2021

    Just want to clarify if that was meant to be not

  2. will

    I do miss getting together with so many peers, hopefully later in 2021 we will be able to meet up again.

  3. crp0908

    There's something about going to the Ignite conference in person that just cannot be reproduced virtually. For me, physically going to the sessions I am most interested in resulted in me paying attention and taking copious notes. The boss and co-workers knew you were out of office and respected that by not sending IMs or urgent emails. It's a little more difficult to be fully motivated and pay close attention while watching a video (whether live or not), especially when others expect you to be in the office and working at the same time.

    Oh well. Hopefully Ignite will be in person again someday (hoping sooner than later).