* MVP Global Summit, March 12-15, Seattle A networking and strategy event for Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) only.
* Microsoft Mix07, April 30-May 2, Las Vegas. For Web designers and developers. At last year's event, there were lots of attendees running non-Microsoft software in the "mix." Expect lots of WPF/e and the mysterious "Technology X" to be on display.
* Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference, May 9-11, Seattle. For CIOs, CTOs and other "business professionals": Microsoft's guide to its expanding family of analytics-oriented wares.
* WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference), May 15-17, Los Angeles. This year's WinHEC will be heavily slanted toward Longhorn Server. Attendees include OEMs, white-box vendors and driver developers.
* Microsoft TechEd 2007, June 4-8, Orlando. For IT pros and developers who want a refresher on Office, SQL Server, management tools and all that non-sexy stuff.
* Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, July 10-12, Denver. For Microsoft resellers, integrators, VARs and their friends. Lots of sales and licensing content, plus TechEd-like sessions.
* MGX (Microsoft Global Experience), mid-July. Most likely in Denver. For Microsoft's salesforce and invited partners only. Lots of carousing and some previews of products and technologies in the Microsoft pipeline.
* Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, October 2-5, Los Angeles. Lots of geeky deep-dive developer content on Longhorn Server and Visual Studio "Orcas," among other technologies.