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The Commons

The Commons offers a breadth of networking opportunities that can help you build new business and expand your network. Whether you are visiting Microsoft Showcase, Partner Network, Community Hub, Area Lounges, or the Expo Hall, you will find a myriad of opportunities to make new connections and explore innovative solutions from both fellow partners and Microsoft.

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Forge and strengthen partnerships. Generate new leads. Connect with thousands of attendees—from business decision-makers to channel marketing leaders to C-suite executives. Fill out the Sponsor and Exhibitor application and review the 2018 partner opportunities for more information.

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Take time to visit the Microsoft Showcase where you can experience the latest Microsoft products, real-world interactive solutions, services and devices at technology-focused demo stations, theaters, and hands-on experiences. There's so much to experience in the Microsoft Showcase - join us to:

  • Collaborate one-on-one with Microsoft Experts
  • Dive deeper into session content delivered every half hour at one of our many show floor theaters
  • Learn about, and interact with the Microsoft technologies that can help you and your customers succeed in the digital transformation journey
  • Envision technology solutions for your customers’ business challenges at the Microsoft Technology Center
  • Participate in Immersion Labs
  • Learn how to fine tune your sales pitch
  • See how Microsoft Secure can fit into your security portfolio
  • Gain knowledge about building on the intelligent cloud
  • Connect your business with the Internet of Things
  • Rock Your Profile at the LinkedIn booth

Join us at the Partner Network booth for interactive conversations, connections, informative presentations and valuable customer and partner stories. This will be the place to connect with subject matter experts from both Microsoft and the partner ecosystem to learn how to build your business, reach customers and sell with Microsoft.

Specific areas for discussion include:

  • Cloud Solution Provide program
  • Partner Enablement
  • Partner Incentives
  • Referral Engine
  • Partner Center
  • Tech for Social Impact


At the Partner Network booth, you’ll also be able to connect directly with engineers and support personnel who can answer questions you may have about the Microsoft Partner Network or Partner Center. In addition to connecting one on one, be sure to check out the presentations happening in the theater.

The Community Hub brings to life the partner to partner connections in a casual environment where you can network and learn from each other. Stop by to visit some of our featured Microsoft communities, including the International Association of Microsoft Partners (IAMCP) and Women in Technology (WIT). You can also watch theatre sessions and engage in discussions focused on partner identified hot topics like:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Big Data
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Security (including GDPR)
  • Partnering with Microsoft
  • Partner to Partner (P2P)
  • Skiling or training
  • Marketing/social selling

Looking to make global connections in new areas? Maybe you're ready to break in to new markets. The Area Lounges provide the opportunity to meet and collaborate with your neighbors from a host of countries in a casual setting available to everyone. Network with Microsoft representatives and your partner peers from all over the world, while exploring new opportunities for your organization.

Today’s rapid pace of innovation leads to the fundamental transformation of entire industries, creating enormous opportunity for Microsoft and its network of partners. This year, we are pleased to host an Industry Spotlight in the Commons, where we will highlight some of our most impactful customer transformations across eight key industry verticals:

  • Automotive
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Media and Communications
  • Retail


From manufacturers shifting to a services-centric business model to banks developing new payment methods and partner ecosystems to retailers reimagining the customer journey, we hope you find inspiration through these stories and discover the incredible potential we have to reshape the industrial world together.

Connect with sponsors and exhibitors who are showcasing their solutions and products. The expo hall provides an opportunity to meet fellow Microsoft partners and explore innovations from around the world. If you’d like to become a sponsor or exhibitor, fill out the application to get started or download the 2018 partner opportunities to learn more.

Together, we achieve more

Join us at Microsoft Inspire from July 14-18, 2019.