The world’s largest channel conference now digital-only and free to attend

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Microsoft has waived registration fees for the world’s largest channel conference, Inspire 2020, as it goes digital-only for July 21 and 22.

Microsoft has waived registration fees for the world’s largest channel conference, Inspire 2020, as it goes digital-only for July 21 and 22.

Registrations are set to open in June, with no cost to attend for partners.

In a blog post on the Microsoft Partner Network website, Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president of One Commercial Partner at Microsoft, explains that going virtual with the event has allowed them to “bring everyone together in new and innovative ways”.

“Microsoft Inspire 2020 will be absolutely free. That means you can invite as many people from your organisation as you’d like…We’re now able to bring the Microsoft experience to everyone, anywhere in the world.”

Inspire details Microsoft’s channel strategy for the year ahead, and is known for its showcases of innovative partners across the world, networking and peer-to-peer learning programmes.

The in-person event had been scheduled to house 18,000 attendees in Las Vegas, with registration prices starting at US $2,295 and rising to $2,595 after three weeks of early-bird sign-ups.

The change to digital-only reflects Microsoft’s adjustment mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 amongst its partner network. Operational changes have included ramping up training and certifications, improving access to digital resources, increasing incentives and issuing competency extensions across product portfolios such as Teams and Azure, while also postponing Microsoft Partner Agreement implementation plans.

Schuster has said that the global software leader understands there may be differences between partner needs, that some partners may want to accelerate pace during the pandemic period, while others may want to slow things down.

“Regardless, what is most important for you to know at this moment in time is that we are listening to feedback from you, our partners, and doing what we can to help,” she added.

The adjustments follow an April announcement that changes were needed in response to daily development related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Every day, we are learning more and more about the global impact of the coronavirus,” Schuster then commented. “For decades, Microsoft partners have been at the centre of how we deliver technologies and business transformation to customers.”

More details about Inspire 2020 are to unfold over the coming weeks. Details of last year’s speakers can be found here.


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