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MEC 2014 is Right Around the Corner! Are You Registered?

I’m very much looking forward to the Microsoft Exchange Conference March 31-April 2 in Austin, TX. I hope you can join me there!

I’ll be moderating three MEC Unplugged interactive sessions this year and will be on the experts panel for the Exchange Deployment session.

Session Date/Time Room Speakers
Experts Unplugged: Architecture – Client Access and Connectivity  Tuesday, April 1 9:00AM – 10:15AM MR 17b Greg Taylor, Jeff Guillet, Jeff Mealiffe, Ross Smith IV, Venkat
Experts Unplugged: Architecture – Transport and Hygiene Tuesday, April 1 10:45AM – 12:00PM MR 17b Brian Reid, Jeff Guillet, Khushru Irani, Ross Smith IV, Scott Landry,
Wendy Wilkes
Unplugged: Architecture – Transport and Hygiene
(repeat session)
Wednesday, April 2 8:30AM – 9:45AM MR 13ab Brian Reid, Jeff Guillet, Khushru Irani, Ross Smith IV, Scott Landry,
Wendy Wilkes
Wednesday, April 2 8:30AM – 9:45AM MR 17b Brian Day, Greg Taylor, Jeff Guillet, Jeff Mealiffe, Ross Smith IV,
Scott Schnoll

Click the sessions above to add them to your MEC schedule. If you haven’t registered for MEC yet, it’s not too late.

There will be no paper copy of the schedule this year. The schedule will be available via an HTML5 app that should work on all platforms, but I suggest you print a copy of your schedule or add it to your calendar before you arrive. Technology sometimes has a nasty way of not working when you need it.

Here’s a breakdown of the current attendee profile, based on registered attendees so far.

With 87% of the attendees from the US, it looks like Europe would definitely be served well by having its own MEC. That would better align with the global deployment of Exchange Server. I’d say the chances of seeing MEC in Europe would be pretty slim, though.

MEC 2014 Registration Opens October 1

The Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) will be held March 31-April 2, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Registration opens October 1, 2014.

MEC is THE conference for all things Exchange and Exchange Online.  Last year’s MEC in Orlando, Florida was a triumphant return after a 10 year hiatus. It was a week-long celebration of Exchange, with lots of deep dive sessions on Exchange and Office 365. MEC 2014 promises to be of equal quality in a fantastic city, Austin! I can taste the BBQ now…

Join me for an onslaught of awesome at MEC 2014!

Welcome to MEC – The Lost Conference

I’ve come to MEC, the Microsoft Exchange Conference, in Orlando, FL to hear about Exchange 2013 and all things Exchange.  MEC is being called “the lost conference” since it was last held 10 years ago in Anaheim, CA.  The following year it was rolled into TechEd. 

This year it was decided to resurrect MEC to focus solely on Exchange and focus on Microsoft’s new release of Exchange 2013.  While Scott Schnoll recently had some public sessions about Exchange 2013 (aka, E15) at TechEd Australia just recently, the attendees at MEC have been promised deep knowledge and hands-on learning of the new features.  MEC will feature 227 sessions about Exchange over 4 days.  126 of those will be about Exchange 2013.  Visit the MECisBack session list to see all the sessions.


MEC is being held entirely on site at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL.  This place is massive!  There are several restaurants, bistros, and cafes, and over 1,400 rooms all under one massive glass roof.  The resort includes a large pool area with an adult pool and a swim area, water park, and water slides for kids.

When I arrived, as was pleasantly surprised with a gift basket from the Exchange 2013 TAP Team.  It came with a nice welcome note thanking me for coming to MEC and for my assistance with the TAP/RDP program.  Very nice!

This afternoon registration opened and everyone already here began registering.  We each received a MEC satchel that contains an aluminum water bottle and the usual “stop by booth X for a chance to win” slicks.  We also got a MEC t-shirt and our valuable wristbands to the MEC attendee party, being held at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park on Monday night.


It’s been great meeting up with all my Exchange friends, including Squeaky Lobster!  Tonight we have a pre-reception event, hosted by my friends at F5.  We’ll have an hour before heading to the MEC reception event tonight at 7pm.

I’ll be tweeting from most of the sessions I attend, hightlighting important facts talked about during the sessions.  Follow @expta on Twitter to keep up on all the latest at MEC!