There is a great listserv for technical discussion of Microsoft and other technologies in high ed environments.  Subscription information is available on

The participants of the listserv have an annual conference in Redmond.   The event is held on campus but is not a Microsoft event.  It is organized and hosted by active members of the list.  I am hoping to attend this year on my way back from the Nacubo conference.

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Windows in Higher Education Conference 2006

Date: July 10-12, 2006 (Sunday the 9th will be an optional evening 'meet and greet' event)
Location: Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington
Cost: No registration fee, breakfast and lunch will be provided - attendees are responsible for airfare and hotel
Attendees: Higher education IT staff from anywhere (max of 75? attendees)
Hotel: Will be announced
Transportation: Shuttle from hotel to event and back provided each day - attendees are responsible for transportation between airport and hotel

As with prior events, this is a technical conference with about half of the content provided by Microsoft speakers and half by peer speakers. We focus a lot of attention on content and presenters and strive to bring together excellent content from both Microsoft and peers. A large part of the motivation for holding the event on the Microsoft campus is greater access to high level Microsoft presenters.

The event is a relatively small one, historically no more than 75 attendees. This year that number might increase, but only slightly. It is a great opportunity to connect with both peers and Microsoft experts.


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