Microsoft Picks Washington, D.C., for 2010 WPC

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The nation's capital will play host to the annual gathering of more than 10,000 Microsoft reseller and independent software vendor partners.

The 2010 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is heading to the nation’s capital. The Washington Convention and Sports Authority announced this morning that it secured the annual gathering of more than 10,000 Microsoft reseller and independent software vendors.

In a statement, Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC, said: "This is a huge win for the city and a prime example of how our entire hospitality industry is working together to secure short-term business. Microsoft is planning and facilitating more than 500 individual events and training sessions here in D.C. over the course of the conference, and they are also encouraging their partners to get out and explore the city and bring along their families."

WPC is one of the premier annual channel events where Microsoft partners gather for training, new product and program announcements, and networking with peers and Microsoft executives. New Orleans was the host city for the 2009 gathering. Boston, Denver and San Antonio have played host in recent years.

"This is an extremely important event for Microsoft, and DC is a place where important work gets done," Pam Salzer, senior director of Worldwide Partner Marketing at Microsoft, said in the announcement. "The conference is our opportunity to get together with the partners who use, sell and service our products, and we are thrilled to reconnect with them in DC. It's an exciting city with a powerful brand of its own, and we really want our partners to get out and get to know DC."

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend next year’s WPC.



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