Announcing spring and summer 2016 Open Specifications’ events!

Announcing our spring and summer 2016 Open Specifications' events!

Check out our upcoming events and receive more information on our new website


Microsoft Office and Data Platform Interoperability teams present the largest Microsoft open technology event in Asia: DevDays Asia @ Taipei. DevDays Asia @ Taipei is a dynamic event including presentations, interactive workshops, and a hackathon! The event and hackathon will be divided into two tracks: Productivity and Cloud + Data Platform. Productivity will focus on development opportunities within Microsoft Office while Cloud + Data Platform will include developer and business opportunities within product hubs such as SQL Server, Microsoft Azure, Data Platform, and more.

The Microsoft HAOckathon (Hackathon + A for Analytical + O for Open), allows developers to use what they learn during to event to build socially beneficial technologies to improve their local communities. The best projects have the chance to win a Surface Pro 4, Visual Studio Enterprise, and more!

What: Interop event and Hackathon!

When: April 19-21, 2016

Where: Taipei, Taiwan

Cost: Free

Microsoft Extend Conference Paris

Microsoft Office and Data Platform Interoperability teams are pleased to announce Extend in Paris on May 12, 2016. Microsoft will present its latest updates about Office, Machine Learning, Cortana Analytics Suite, Power BI, and SQL Server.

Microsoft will decide topics beforehand but let the public choose the context of the content. Microsoft and event startup, La Reserve, let attendees choose the content for an, "experience similar to what one might call crowd conferencing; a participative conference of a new kind where the public is the key player" (Julien Kerihuel, La Reserve founder).

Attendees can look forward to presentations from subject matter experts, interactive developer sessions and one-on-one collaborations with Microsoft engineers. Extend 2016 will include evening mixers and social hour with other attendees and Microsoft engineers.

What: Interop event where attendees can help curate the content

When: May 12, 2016

Where: Paris, France

Who: Developers building solutions that leverage Office, SharePoint, and SQL.

Cost: Free

 Redmond Plugfest and IO Lab

 Redmond Protocols Plugfest A 5-day Microsoft event centered around Open Specifications, interoperability, and Extensibility. Attendees will learn more about interoperability within Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Windows and SQL Server. Attendees have the opportunity to utilize Office testing tools during the Plugfest. SQL will not be testing during the Plugfest and Windows protocol testing will be available the following week at the Windows Interoperability (IO) Lab.

What: Interop event with Office, Windows, and Data Platform and Office test tools available.

When:  June 13-17, 2016

Where: Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington

Who: Developers building solutions that leverage Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Windows, or SQL

Cost: Free

Windows Interoperability (IO) Lab The Windows Interoperability (IO) Lab is the opportunity to test your implementation with Microsoft Windows protocol test suites.   During the IO lab you have the opportunity to directly engage with Windows Protocol Support, Test Suite Development, and Windows development team as well as network with other professionals from all over the world.

What: Event for testing with Microsoft Windows protocol test suites

When:  June 20-24, 2016

Where: Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington

Who: File sharing (SMB 2&3), Authentication and AD protocol implementers

Cost: Free

The Redmond Plugfest and Windows Interoperability lab are separate events. You have the option to attend both or one of the events. You can specify which event or events you are attending during registration.

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