Microsoft slates free online conference for February

Because it's January (and soon will be February), there's snow on the ground and a chill in the air, the sun sets before you can even leave the office and enjoy the fact that that it's shining (on non-cloudy days, that is), and everyone is generally low-energy frame of mind.


Perhaps you'd like to travel to somewhere more exciting, but who even wants to think about that sort of thing? What if, on the other hand, you could take a vacation without even leaving that comfy seat in your office or home that faces your desktop PC, or has easy access to a tablet or laptop?

You can beat the midwinter blues without even booking an airline ticket by getting in on the action at Microsoft's TechDays Online 2015 event. TechDays Online is just around the corner — and just across your wired or wireless internet connection — arriving Feb. 3-5. Registration is required, but there's no charge to attend.


Not only is the entire event free, but over the three-day span of TechDays Online, you can get valuable training on IT subjects free of charge. Come on, certification lovers, what's better than free IT training? This might be where you finally connect the dots on that tough-to-grasp IT concept for your next big certification.


TechDays Online is on the cutting edge of IT with its training topics, too. Day 1 addresses issues related to "Devices and Managing a Mobile-First World," while the talk turns to "The Journey to the Cloud-First World" on Day 2, before the big finish on Day 3 with "Multi-device, Cross-platform Development." That's two entire worlds and a whole host of devices and platforms for the cost of — oh, yeah, the whole thing is free. There is no cost!


Featured guests at the event are journalist Mary Jo Foley and engineer Jeffrey Snover. Foley, a three-decade tech-head and writer for a variety of industry publications and websites, is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era and a co-host of the Windows Weekly Podcast. Snover, who serves as lead architect for the Windows Server Division, is the inventor of Windows PowerShell and has worked at Microsoft since 1999.


If none of that has moved you to attend, then perhaps you'll be convinced by the clever animation created to unveil the slogan for this year's event: No matter how you define success, we'll help you get there. It's a cute cartoon that tells a familiar tale of Boy Meets Girl, something that you apparently need a slew of Surface Pro tablets to accomplish in 2015.


Speaking of the Surface Pro, you can be entered for a chance to win a Surface Pro 3 (which has both a kickstand and a USB, something you may not yet know if you managed to avoid being deluged pre-Christmas by Surface Pro 3 commercials) just by signing up and attending the event.

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