Conference Venue, Hotel & Travel

Get inside the technological mecca: Microsoft Headquarters!

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Join us for Visual Studio Live!’s second visit to the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington.

Microsoft Commons Mixer Building
15255 NE 40th St.
Redmond, WA 98052
Second Floor
Phone: 425-707-4945


Hotel Accommodations

Hilton BellevueVisual Studio Live! Redmond has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Bellevue for conference attendees at the reduced rate of $169 plus tax, for single or double occupancy. This discounted rate is available through Thursday, September 22, 2011. The Hilton Bellevue is approximately 15 minutes from the Microsoft Commons Mixer Building, and shuttles will be available for those attendees who register in the Visual Studio Live! room block.

To make your hotel reservation, call Reservations at (425) 455-1300 and ask for the Visual Studio Live Room Block.

Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Reservations: 1-425-455-1300



Air Travel Discounts
American Airlines, the official airline for Visual Studio Live! Redmond, is offering a 5 percent discount to all Visual Studio Live attendees. The discount can be booked online at, or by calling (800) 433-1790. (Ticketing fee will apply if reservation is made by call in.) Use authorization number 83H1BE as the discount code when booking online or calling directly.

This special offer applies to travel from all markets where American Airlines, American Eagle, American Connection Service, and all Oneworld carriers provide service. Discounts apply to discountable fares where American Airlines, American Airlines code share, or Oneworld alliance partners are involved. AA must be the governing carrier.

Car Rental Discounts
Avis is the official car rental company for the 2011 Visual Studio Live! Redmond Conference. For reservations, call (800) 331-1212 and use the AVIS worldwide discount code is D005872, or book online at

Shuttle Service to and from the Microsoft Campus
Visual Studio Live! will be providing daily complimentary shuttle transportation between the Bellevue Hilton, Marriott Redmond Town Center, Residence Inn Seattle East/Redmond, and the Commons on the Microsoft Campus. This shuttle service will be available for all attendees who are staying at one of the conference hotels listed above.

Airport Transportation (Sea-Tac Airport)
Area hotels do not provide airport transportation, but there are several options:

  • Shuttle Express
    Phone: 425-981-7000
    Two hours advance reservation is required and the fare is approximately $19.00 each way.  Please call for pricing on more that 1 person in your group. Shuttle Express is located in the Sea-Tac Airport parking garage on Level 3 near the Taxi’s. 
  • Taxi
    Taxi’s are available on the third floor of the parking garage. Sedans and large vans are also available. Call 206-622-6500, or use the curbside phones on Baggage Claim Level at Sea-Tac Airport.
  • Limousine (STILA)
    One way fare averages $40-$45. Stationed at the Sea-Tac Airport, STILA offers town cars, SUVs, and stretch limos and picks up passengers either at the curb outside of Baggage Claim or on the third floor of the Parking Garage. To arrange for a limousine or town car, use the touch screen to access "Ground Transportation" on any of the Travelers' Information Boards in Baggage Claim (located near the escalators), use curbside phones, or go to the Ground Transportation Booth on the third floor of the Parking Garage. You can also contact STILA at 206-930-1966.


Directions to the Microsoft Commons (Mixer Building):

The Microsoft Commons (Mixer Building) is at the main Microsoft Headquarters Campus in Redmond in the eastern suburbs of Seattle, across Lake Washington.

Directions from Sea-Tac Airport:

• Follow signs to Freeways; this will put you on SR 518 eastbound.
• Follow signs to Interstate-5 and Interstate-405.
• Take I-405 North-Renton (center lane). 
• Continue on North I-405 through Renton and Bellevue, approximately 14 miles.
• At Exit 14 take ramp right for SR-520 East exit toward Redmond.
• Follow signs for NE 40th St.
• Turn LEFT onto NE 40th St. ** If you reach 150th Ave. NE you’ve gone too far! **

Directions from I-405 in Bellevue:

• Take Exit 14 onto SR-520 East, toward Redmond
• Go about three miles to the 40th Street Exit and you are almost there
• Turn LEFT onto NE 40th St. ** If you reach 150th Ave. NE you’ve gone too far! **

Directions from I-5 in Seattle:

• Take I-5 Exit 168B, onto SR-520 East
• Take SR-520 about 10 miles across the Lake Washington floating bridge, through Bellevue, and past I-405
• Take the 40th Street Exit and you are almost there
• Turn LEFT onto NE 40th St. **If you reach 150th Ave. NE you’ve gone too far! **

Parking is available in The Commons underground parking garage. There is an entrance on NE 40th Street and another entrance off of 150th Ave. You will need to know your license number to present at the Visual Studio Live! registration desk.


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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


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