The Fun Stuff: Visual Studio Live! Redmond Events & Activities

Your attendance at Visual Studio Live! Redmond is about learning from your peers as well as the experts; make the most of your time with us and add these events and activities to your itinerary!


Access to the Microsoft Company Store

You bring the money, we get you special access!*
All Visual Studio Live! Redmond event attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Microsoft Company Store during their time at the conference and have access to the employee-only discount area. The company store’s discount area is typically only open for Microsoft employees to purchase select Microsoft products at discounted prices, so you won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Popular home-use software titles such as Windows 7, Office 2010, Office for Mac, and Streets and Trips are available. XBOX 360 hardware, accessories and also a selection of XBOX games are offered at significant savings. At the Redmond campus location, you will find one of the largest selections of Microsoft-branded PC hardware in any retail store. PC Hardware offered includes Keyboards and desktop sets, Mice, Webcams and more.

Visual Studio Live! Redmond event attendees will qualify for a pass that allows them access to the special discounts normally reserved only for Microsoft employees.  Due to the amazing deals, each attendee is allowed to spend up to a maximum of $120.  **Restrictions apply.

*Attendees will be given a voucher/form that allows them access to the employee only discount area to spend up to $120 of their own money on select Microsoft products.
**All attendees must have a valid driver’s license that matches the name on the voucher.
**If using a credit card for payment, the name on the card must match the name on your voucher and identification.

Meet the Pros

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Let’s face it—our talented team of speakers is the main reason you head to Visual Studio Live! events. They share your interest in the latest technologies while refusing to abandon challenging applications out there already. So why not get to know them in a different light during the breaks and networking opportunities we have planned for you in Redmond? Kick back with the people who love sharing their knowledge and experience to help you get where you want to be professionally.


Microsoft Ask the Experts & Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Microsoft Visitor Center, Sub-Mixer, and Microsoft Company Store

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Visual Studio Live! Redmond’s Welcome Reception will be combined with a two-hour Microsoft Ask the Experts session, where you’ll get a chance to talk with Microsoft product team members and speakers. Enjoy drinks and snacks while you explore the Microsoft Visitor Center, network with fellow attendees, get answers to your questions for the experts, and visit the Microsoft Company Store.

Microsoft Experts will represent the following technologies:*

Visual Studio Languages
Silverlight / WPF SharePoint
Windows Phone 7 Futures
Data Access Parallelism

About the Microsoft Visitor Center: The Microsoft Visitor Center is open to all employees and visitors to the Microsoft campus. Come share in the excitement of our discoveries, explore some of our latest products, and meet some of the people whose ideas and creativity make Microsoft a world leader in computer and software.

*List of Microsoft Experts is subject to change.

Exhibitor Reception & Wild Wednesday with Developer Duel

Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                Microsoft Commons Mixer Building

You won’t want to miss Visual Studio Live! Redmond’s exhibitor reception and evening event on Wednesday, October 19! Take advantage of the dedicated time with sponsors and exhibitors who bring you the products and services you’ll rely on in the coming year as you enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Then join the fun at Wild Wednesday with Developer Duel, a highly-informal – if not irreverent – but educational and fun evening – and get the chance to win great raffle prizes. This year’s event includes the Developer Duel! New to Visual Studio Live!, this game show style event will pit teams of 5 developers and speakers against each other to try and guess the most popular answers to survey questions. Answer our survey questions when we send them out and attend the event to see how your answers rank against your peers. And if you’re lucky, you’ll be selected to come on down and be on stage guessing for yourself with a chance to win fabulous prizes! Survey says: You are in for a good time!

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Keynote Announced!

Cameron Skinner

Visual Studio 11: Turning Ideas into Software

The world of software today is defined by the word “Experience”. You can see it in the way people have adopted new experiences for devices of different form factors, you can see it in how people want to experience their information and you can see it in the context of how people interact to build software solutions. Regardless of the solution you’re building, the fundamental need for a compelling experience exists. In Visual Studio 11, Microsoft aims to ensure that developers have all the tooling to create compelling user experiences, an IDE that sets a new bar for the developer experience and a family of products dramatically improves the team experience for everyone.

Cameron Skinner, General Manager, Visual Studio Ultimate, Microsoft


Make sure you're a part of Visual Studio Live! for our 2nd year at Microsoft HQ in Redmond! Expand your .NET skills, learn how to build better applications from the pros, and experience the Microsoft campus like an insider.

Our last event SOLD OUT, so you'll want to register now to secure your place.

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