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  • eBrochure Available

    Read about all the sessions, speakers, activities and events happening @Microsoft HQ this August - download it today!

  • Conference Chairmen

    Brian Randell joins Andrew Brust and Rockford Lhotka to bring you meaningful content, leading speakers and a winning Visual Studio Live! agenda.

  • Topics for Today

    Get better at what's available, and get ready for what's coming. We delve deep into the topics that matter most in your world today, covering practical knowledge, fundamentals, new technologies, and futures.

  • A Forum for YOU

    At Visual Studio Live!, we have a 23 year (and counting!) history of being THE trusted source for premier developer training. Focused content on what you care about the most is what we do best.

  • Home State Advantage

    Microsoft Headquarters will host all Visual Studio Live! sessions in Redmond. Our host hotel is the chic Hyatt in Bellevue, WA, a short shuttle ride from MSFT HQ.

  • Have Your Voice Heard

    Visual Studio Live! gives you countless opportunities to network with your fellow attendees at meals, evening events, and special networking sessions.


View the full agenda here.

Focus Topics:

  • Visual Studio / .NET
  • Windows Client
  • Mobile Client
  • JavaScript / HTML5 Client
  • Cloud Computing
  • Database and Analytics


August 8, 2016

Pre-Conference Workshops

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch @ The Mixer – Microsoft Store& Visitor Center

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Pre-Conference Workshops

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

August 9, 2016

Opening Keynote

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakout Sessions

9:15 am – 10:30 am

10:45 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Welcome Reception

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

August 10, 2016

Breakout Sessions

8:00 am – 9:15 am

9:30 am – 10:45 am


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Birds-of-a-Feather Lunch

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Evening Event

6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

August 11, 2016

Breakout Sessions

8:00 am – 9:15 am

9:30 am – 10:45 am

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch @ The Mixer – Microsoft Store & Visitor Center

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

August 12, 2016

Post-Conference Workshops

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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