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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Microsoft Inspire? You’ll find the answers here.

General questions

 
Prospective and active Microsoft Inspire partners, as well as Microsoft employees and industry experts.

In 2018, we're looking forward to hosting Microsoft Inspire in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. The majority of Microsoft Inspire activities, including sessions and The Commons, will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Microsoft Inspire Corenotes, and the shared Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready Corenote will be held at the T-Mobile Arena. The location of the shared Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready One Celebration will be announced in March.

As a result of Microsoft Ready, the largest Microsoft internal readiness event, being held in Las Vegas, Nevada during the same week, we will host more Microsoft employees than ever before in the Microsoft Inspire 2018 activities.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

  • Registration and Welcome Reception
  • The Commons
  • First-time attendee (FTA) and mentor sessions

Monday, July 16, 2018

  • Corenote and Sessions
  • NEW: Microsoft manager engagement opportunities
  • Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards Luncheon
  • The Commons
  • Happy Hour

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

  • Corenote and Sessions
  • NEW: Microsoft manager engagement opportunities
  • Women in Technology Luncheon
  • The Commons
  • Happy Hour
  • NEW: Area Celebrations (with Microsoft and Partner attendees)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

  • NEW: Shared Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready Corenote
  • Sessions
  • The Commons
  • NEW: Shared Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready learning and networking
  • NEW: Shared Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready One Celebration*

*Talent and venue to be announced in March 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

  • NEW: Business Leadership, Sales, and Marketing content
  • Connect Meetings
  • First-time attendee (FTA) and mentor workshop

 

  • Do I have to attend Microsoft Inspire to use MyInspire?
    • Yes, you need to be registered for the event. However, many of the session recordings and presentations will become available on-demand in the days immediately following the event.
  • How do I access attendee tools?
    • You can access MyInspire at https://myinspire.microsoft.com. Later, in late June, you will also be able to download the mobile app.
    • Sign in with the same Microsoft account, LinkedIn account, or Microsoft domain credentials you used during registration.
  • What can I do in MyInspire?
    • You can build your personalized conference experience, network with other attendees, explore and schedule sessions, connect with Microsoft experts, view all speakers, discover sponsors and exhibitors, and more.
  • Is there a MyInspire mobile app?
    • Yes. The MyInspire mobile app will be available for iOS and Android starting in late June.
    • The MyInspire website is also mobile-friendly.
  • Will I be able to find Microsoft Ready attendees in MyInspire?
    • Yes, some Microsoft Ready attendees will be participating in Microsoft Inspire activities and will be available for messages and meetings at select times.
  • Will sessions be available on-demand?
    • Yes, most sessions will be recorded and available online.
  • Do I have to attend Microsoft Inspire to use MyInspire?
    • Yes, you need to be registered for the event. However, many of the session recordings and presentations will become available on-demand in the days immediately following the event.
  • How do I access attendee tools?
    • You can access MyInspire at https://myinspire.microsoft.com. Later, in late June, you will also be able to download the mobile app.
    • Sign in with the same Microsoft account, LinkedIn account, or Microsoft domain credentials you used during registration.
  • What can I do in MyInspire?
    • You can build your personalized conference experience, network with other attendees, explore and schedule sessions, connect with Microsoft experts, view all speakers, discover sponsors and exhibitors, and more.
  • Is there a MyInspire mobile app?
    • Yes. The MyInspire mobile app will be available for iOS and Android starting in late June.
    • The MyInspire website is also mobile-friendly.
  • Will I be able to find Microsoft Ready attendees in MyInspire?
    • Yes, some Microsoft Ready attendees will be participating in Microsoft Inspire activities and will be available for messages and meetings at select times.
  • Will sessions be available on-demand?
    • Yes, most sessions will be recorded and available online.

This year, we're offering even more opportunities for you to showcase your company's message and solutions—don't miss the opportunity to take part in Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities at Microsoft Inspire. Download the prospectus or email our sales team to learn more.

If you didn’t have the chance to join us in Washington, D.C., or just want to relive your favorite moments from last year’s conference, visit MyInspire to watch sessions on demand. Please note that while not all sessions are available, a majority are posted.

To share the value of attending Microsoft Inspire with your leadership team and peers, download the Microsoft Inspire Business Justification letter template and tell your team why you can't miss Microsoft Inspire. To learn even more about why should attend, review the Microsoft Inspire deck.

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This includes Microsoft parties where we seek to create a respectful, friendly, fun and inclusive experience for all participants. We do not tolerate harassing or disrespectful behavior, messages, images, or interactions by any party participant, in any form, at any aspect of the program including business and social activities, regardless of location.

We do not tolerate any behavior that is degrading to any gender, race, sexual orientation or disability, or any behavior that would violate the company's Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy, Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, or Standards of Business Conduct, even if the entertainment is not paid for by Microsoft. In short, the entire experience at the venue must meet our culture standards.

We encourage everyone to assist in creating a welcoming and safe environment. Please report any concerns, harassing behavior, or suspicious or disruptive activity to venue staff, the event host or owner, or the nearest event staff. We also encourage employees to contact their Microsoft Manager or our Business Conduct Hotline (1-877-320-MSFT or buscond@microsoft.com) at any time if you feel a party is against our policy or inconsistent with the Microsoft culture. Outside the United States, call collect to 1-470-219-7087.

Microsoft reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from a party at any time at its sole discretion. We make this policy visible for all Microsoft parties so all attendees can see what is expected and what steps they should take if they see or experience behavior not consistent with this policy.

Where can partners find out about Microsoft's Partner Code of Conduct?
Read the Microsoft Partner Code of Conduct here.

Registration

You may review and make changes to your registration information by visiting the Registration page. Once you have logged in you may: 

  • Edit or cancel your registration
  • View and print your current confirmation information
  • Create or edit hotel reservations
  • View and print a copy of your current invoice or receipt

All Access passes:

  • USD1995 July 16 - February 28, 11:59 PM Pacific Time

  • USD2295 March 1 - May 31, 11:59 PM Pacific Time

  • USD2595 June 1 – Onsite

Day passes: 
Available for Monday, July 16, through Thursday, July 19

  • July 16, Monday Day Pass: USD795
  • July 17, Tuesday Day Pass: USD795

  • July 18, Wednesday Day Pass: USD995*

  • July 19, Thursday Day Pass: USD495

*Wednesday day pass includes access to the joint Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready One Celebration

Guest Evening Event Passes:

  • Welcome Reception, Sunday, July 16: USD75

  • One Celebration, Wednesday, July 18: USD200

Microsoft Inspire Premium Package add-on:

For USD699, the Microsoft Inspire Premium Package add-on provides access to hotel room bookings at The Delano Las Vegas; a no smoking, no casino, all-suite luxury hotel adjacent and connected to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Please note that only a limited quantity of these add-ons are available, so don’t delay in securing yours.

The Premium Package also includes access to:

  • A dedicated Attendee Check-in desk at The Delano Las Vegas

  • Priority seating in the Corenote Monday, July 16 - Wednesday, July 18

  • Priority concert viewing experience at the joint Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready One Celebration on Wednesday, July 18 (venue and talent to be announced in March 2018)

  • Bringing a guest to the One Celebration? Your guest can also access the Priority concert viewing experience with a purchased Wednesday Guest Pass.

By selecting this pass, The Delano Las Vegas will be the only hotel shown for booking on the Hotel page.

*Note that this does not include the cost of the hotel room itself; it only ensures your accommodation at one of the closest hotels to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

All registration cancellations and downgrades to pass types must be received online or in writing via email to MicrosoftInspire@microsoft.crgevents.com by the dates and times listed below.

All Access pass:

  • Prior to May 17, 2018, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time: Full refund minus USD300 processing fee
  • On or after May 18, 2018: No refund

Guest Evening Event passes:

  • A refund will be issued for cancelled evening event passes, unless the registrant has already checked into the conference, at which point no refund will be issued.

No refunds for any reason will be issued after September 17, 2018. Passes cannot be shared or used by anyone other than the person on the registration; name badges used by anyone other than the actual registrant may be revoked without refund.

 

Substitutions:

Name change substitutions are allowed for most pass types for the same registration fee. Substitutions (pre-event and onsite) must follow the process below, or the new registrant is subject to paying the current registration fee.

  • The substituting attendee must be from the same company. The original attendee should not cancel the registration.
  • The original attendee must sign in to the active registration account. Select the Substitution option and follow the instructions. The registration team will email the new attendee instructions to complete the substitution.
  • The registration team will facilitate the transfer of hotel reservations through 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Monday, June 25, 2018. Substitutions requested after 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Monday, June 25, 2018, require the attendee to contact the hotel directly with reservation changes and cancellations.
  • The registrant is responsible for canceling or changing travel arrangements.

When five (5) or more attendees from the same company using the same MPN partner ID purchase the Microsoft Inspire Partner All Access pass, Microsoft will provide a USD200 refund off the fifth (5th) through the tenth (10th) registrants' registration fee.

  • Registrants paying the All Access pre-registration fees or above are eligible (i.e. anyone who has paid USD1,695 or above).
  • A company can receive no more than six (6) total discounts.
  • Refunds will be processed based on the MPN Partner ID associated with the registration. Partner IDs cannot be added or updated after July 19, 2018. Registrants from different companies using the same Partner ID are not eligible for the discount.
  • Cancelled registrations do not count towards this discount.
  • This refund cannot be combined with any other discounted registration fees (price points lower than USD1,695), cannot be applied to Day passes, and does not apply to Sponsor or Exhibitor codes.
  • Refunds are provided post-event via the same method of payment used. Refunds will be provided to individuals based on the date registered. No refunds for any reason will be issued after September 17, 2018.
Each person that registers MUST provide a matching valid MPN ID. Without a matching valid MPN ID, a refund cannot be provided.

With small businesses in mind, we offer payment plans to make registering your attendees for Microsoft Inspire even easier!

  • Payment plans require an initial payment of USD1,000 to confirm your registration.
  • Your remaining balance can be paid in installments of USD500, until the remaining balance due is less than USD500.
  • Payment plans must be requested by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on April 20, 2018, in order to secure the current All Access pass price point.

Payment is due in full by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on June 1, 2018. Registration fees not received in full by June 1, 2018, are subject to the next appropriate All Access pass price point.

Registration codes are used to ensure registrants see certain questions and pages during the online registration process, or provide registrants with different price points. If you believe you require a code, contact your Microsoft representative or account manager.

  • Are registration codes required?
    A registration code is not required. All registrants will be prompted to enter the code at the beginning of the registration process. If you do not have a registration code, select the “I do not have a registration code” option.
  • I have a registration code but would like more information on what it provides.
    Send an email to
    MicrosoftInspire@microsoft.crgevents.com if you need information regarding your registration code.
  • My registration code is not working, or I forgot to enter my registration code.
    Email your name, contact information, and the code to the
    Microsoft Inspire registration team. The registration team will contact you within one (1) business day.
  • I need to change the registration code listed on my account.
    Email the following information to the
    Microsoft Inspire registration team. The registration team will contact you within one (1) business day.
  • Your name and contact information
  • What code are you using now?
  • What code would you like to use?
  • Have you already entered your code into a partial or completed registration? 

Email your request to the Microsoft Inspire Registration Team at MicrosoftInspire@microsoft.crgevents.com.

Why Las Vegas, Nevada?

Las Vegas, Nevada is a city full of excitement, world-class hospitality and ingenuity. We are excited to host Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready in this fabulous city during the same week for an integrated experience that will offer Microsoft Inspire attendees more opportunities to make connections with Microsoft employees than ever before.

There are a wealth of attractions to check out while you are in Las Vegas, including those for the whole family. Check out the Las Vegas website for activities you won’t want to miss, including:

 

For even more ideas, review the official Las Vegas Visitors guide. 

From the Hoover Dam, to the Grand Canyon, there is plenty to visit in the areas surrounding Las Vegas, Nevada in addition to those within the city limits. Visit the Las Vegas attractions page for a full list of ideas, and consider adding these amazing experiences to your trip agenda:

Cirque du Soleil® is pleased to offer exclusive discount ticket rates for Microsoft Inspire attendees. Show tickets can be purchased online or in-person at any Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas Theatre Ticket Office by presenting your Microsoft Inspire credentials. Find out more about discounts for both individuals and groups

It's the partner event of the year.

Join us at Microsoft Inspire July 15-19, 2018.