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Microsoft WPC Registration Spike Causes Site Problems

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Interest in the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference was so strong when early-bird registration began last week that the spike in activity caused problems on Microsoft's registration page.

"We are currently experiencing high registration volumes and are actively addressing the issues. We will publish an updated news item as soon as these issues have been resolved. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you in LA this July," Microsoft wrote on the WPC event blog on March 23, the day early-bird registration opened. The problem was fixed about 45 minutes later, according to a subsequent post. Neither post explained the problems.

As of Sunday, Microsoft said 1,460 attendees had registered for WPC, which runs from July 10 to 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Early-bird registration runs through April 25 and costs $1,695, a $300 discount from the standard partner registration price.

Microsoft has high hopes for attendance in 2011. According to a brochure for potential sponsors and exhibitors, the projected audience for the international show is 13,000 partners, along with 2,000 press, industry analysts and Microsoft team members.

Microsoft is telling potential exhibitors that the show should draw about 65 percent of its attendees from overseas and 35 percent from the United States. That international/U.S. ratio would be higher than in the past. Pie charts elsewhere in the exhibitor brochure show about 48 percent of attendees came from the United States in 2010, when Microsoft held the event in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM