The Fun Stuff: Visual Studio Live! 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!

Skip to: Welcome Reception BOF Luncheon Devopalooza

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 to spend up to $120 dollars of their money to purchase software/hardware at employee prices. **Restrictions apply.

*Attendees will be given a voucher/form that allows them to spend up to $120 of their own money on select Microsoft products.
**All attendees must have a valid ID 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

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, August 3, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Microsoft Visitor Center / Sub-Mixer / Microsoft Company Store

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 who presented throughout day one. 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



Data Access


Windows Phone 7





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.

Birds-of-a-Feather Luncheon

Wednesday, August 4, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, this awesome opportunity is available to all Visual Studio Live! attendees. Sit down and brainstorm with fellow attendees and speakers working on similar projects.

Visual Studio Live! BOF Topics:

  • ASP.NET Ajax & jQuery
  • ASP.NET MVC Framework
  • Silverlight/ Windows Presentation Foundation
  • SQL Server 2008
  • Team System
  • SharePoint
  • LINQ, Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services
  • WCF & WF
  • .Net 4.0/VB 10/C# 4.0
  • Cloud Computing (Windows Azure & Live Mesh)
  • Parallel & Concurrent Programming

Visual Studio Live! Wild Wednesday with Devopalooza

Wednesday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.

Visual Studio Live! Wild Wednesday is your chance to unwind with drinks and snacks while you join your fellow attendees and speakers for a highly-informal – if not irreverent – but educational and fun evening – and get the chance to win great raffle prizes.

In addition to a fun and educational program, join us for the first Visual Studio Live! Devopalooza! Play along with three teams of contestants for a Technology Quiz Show! We'll have Microsoft Speakers vs. Visual Studio Live! Speakers vs. Visual Studio Live! Attendees competing head-to-head. Think you're smarter than the experts? Details on how to play the game live on stage on the Attendees team (and win fabulous prizes) will be coming shortly. And even if you're not interested in playing on-stage, you'll be able to watch the game unfold from the audience while playing along. Just don't shout out the answers like you do at home.

See you Wednesday night for Visual Studio Live! Wild Wednesday with Devopalooza!

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Visual Studio Live! Redmond Focus Topics:
  • Silverlight/WPF
    Silverlight, WPF, XAML, VS10 Xaml designer, Blend, WCF RIA Services
  • Web
    Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, AJAX
  • Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4
    Visual Studio features, TFS, languages, parallel extensions
  • Cloud Computing
    Includes cloud, server and messaging technologies
    Azure, Amazon, AppFabric, REST services, “Dallas”, WCF, Windows Workflow
  • SharePoint Live
    SharePoint, Office
  • Data Management
    SQL Server, BI, reporting, analysis, ADO.NET EF, ANDS, oData, Sync services