Microsoft Reopens Exchange Event, Sells Out Build

Microsoft has revived its Exchange conference after a 10-year hiatus.

Registration for the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC), scheduled for Sept. 24 to 26 in Orlando, Fla., recently opened. Early-bird registration for MEC 2012 is already sold-out, according to this registration page, but regular registration is still open at $2,000.

MEC 2012 will have sessions on Exchange 2013's architecture, security, compliance, e-discovery and archiving features, along with updates on the Office 365's Exchange Online service, according to this Microsoft blog post.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's Build 2012 event for developers quickly sold out after opening for registration on Wednesday and now offers a wait list. Build 2012 registration was highlighted in a few Microsoft blogs Wednesday, like this one, which lists pricing for "early bird" registrants. However, it looks like people had to respond within hours of the notice to get the early-bird discount or even be assured of attending.

This Build registration page now indicates there's a wait list at the full price of $2,095; early bird and academic pricing are sold out.

Build 2012 will be held this year on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Wash., from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

Last year's Build event, which replaced Microsoft's long-running Professional Developers Conference, showcased the debut of Windows 8 and the new Windows Runtime, representing a huge change for Windows developers. At Build 2012, Microsoft will have panels on "Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and Xbox," according to the blog post.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.