TechEd Europe 2014 – The end of an era

After an exciting but exhausting week in Barcelona, my mind is on the epic week that I’ve had. This was my first (and last) TechEd experience, and I’m glad that I can say I’ve been there and done it. It really is a very valuable experience and I’m stoked about the future of Microsoft and have also learned so much about the products which I work with on a daily basis. Not to mention that the parties and swag were awesome 🙂

Next year there will be the Ignite conference, bringing together all the technical Microsoft conferences under one, gigantic roof. For now though I’m going to do my best to soak up what I’ve learned and put it to practice.

My last 2 days covered the following subjects:
– Exchange 2013 Troubleshooting and Performance
– The Dark Web Rises – The Tor Network and Dark Web by Andy Malone
– Office 365 network infrastructure
– Exchange 2013 High Availability and Site Resilience

I also attended a Focus Group about new UX enhancements coming to Azure services. We were shown some awesome new functionality which I, unfortunately, cannot speak more about, and also discussed our ideas around Azure backup services. It was a really interesting session and made me feel like Microsoft were interested in making improvements that customers want, not improvements which they think we want.

There were also lots of vendors to speak to and I’ve found some interesting new products for use with Office 365 in particular. The networking was great and I met lots of people who I am sure to speak to more in the future.

Overall I had a fantastic time and all I can say is that I hope Europe isn’t left out of the loop when it comes to the the Ignite conference.

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