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!*
Monday, August 6, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 9, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.

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 accessories and 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.
**If you are employed by a government agency or a school or university, you are not eligible for the discount pass due to Microsoft policy.

Visit 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 thier discoveries, explore some of the latest products, and meet some of the people whose ideas and creativity make Microsoft a world leader in computer and software industry.

Meet the Pros
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.


Lunch with the Blue Badges
Monday, August 6, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 9, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.

On Monday and Thursday, Visual Studio Live! attendees will have the opportunity to have lunch with the Blue Badges at The Mixer, the Microsoft employee lunch area with over 10 different restaurant options to choose from. These two extended lunch periods are also the perfect time to visit the Microsoft Visitor Center and the Microsoft Company Store. Shuttle service to and from the Commons, as well as a pre-loaded Microsoft "e-card" will be provided as part of your Visual Studio Live! registration.

Microsoft Ask the Experts & Exhibitor Reception
Tuesday, August 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Visual Studio Live! Redmond's Exhibitor 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 Visual Studio Live! exhibits, network with fellow attendees and get answers to your questions for the experts and the exhibitors.

Luncheon Round Table
Wednesday, August 8, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Share knowledge and experiences with your colleagues by joining one of the topic tables at lunch.

Visual Studio Live! Round Table Topics:

  • ASP.NET (Ajax, jQuery, MVC)
  • Silverlight/ WPF
  • Visual Studio
  • Languages
  • SQL Server
  • ALM
  • SharePoint
  • LINQ, Entity Framework, ADO.NET
  • Data Services
  • WCF, WF and AppFabric
  • .NET 4.0/VB 10/C# 4.0
  • Cloud Computing (Windows Azure & Live Mesh)
  • Mobile Development
  • Visual Studio LightSwitch
  • HTML5/IE 9
  • Windows 8/WinRT

Nokia Lucky Strike Evening Out Party
Wednesday, August, 8, 8:00 – 10:00pm

Stay out of the gutter and head to Lucky Strike in Bellevue (located next to the conference hotel) for an exciting evening sponsored by Nokia. Network with your fellow attendees and speakers while having fun bowling, playing pool, playing liars dice (if you dare!) and enjoy food, drinks and a great atmosphere!




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This event was a great place to learn many things in very little time. I also had fun on the Microsoft campus! -- Swaroop Panda, Integration Architect, Hess Corporation
Visual Studio Live! gave me the opportunity to meet and talk directly with industry experts and developers of the technologies I use every day. -- Michael Christian, Sr. Systems Analyst, Utah Retirement Systems
The material was in-depth and easy to follow. It was also pretty cool to visit the Microsoft Campus. -- Sam Striano, Senior Developer, SAIF Corporation