You would expect that having Microsoft in the Seattle area would result in having a plethora of Microsoft-related users groups around.  But over the years, I’ve found that these are somewhat hard to find.  So here’s my compilation:

  • Seattle IT Pro User's Group.  This group talks about all sorts of IT pro-related topics, including Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, System Center, Office, SharePoint, etc. – pretty much anything that an IT pro would care about.  They meet the first Wednesday of every month in Bellevue at the Lincoln Square Microsoft office.  As long as I’m in town, I try to make it to this meeting.  There is a meeting coming up on Wednesday of this week (November 7th) at 6pm – there will be copies of Windows 8 Pro to be given away and free food provided, so RSVP now using the hyperlink above.
  • Northwest System Center User’s Group.  This group meets every other month at the Microsoft Civica office in Bellevue to talk about System Center products, and there is ample participation from the System Center product groups (including Wally Mead).  I usually try to make it to this one too.  The next meeting is coming up on November 9th, so sign up now via the LinkedIn hyperlink above.
  • Pacific Northwest SQL Server User’s Group.  This group meets every second Wednesday of the month, usually on the main Microsoft campus, to talk about topics related to SQL Server.  By my calculation that means there is a meeting coming up next week, for those interested in SQL Server, so keep checking their web site for details.
  • Puget Sound SharePoint User’s Group.  This group meets monthly at the Microsoft Civica office in Bellevue to talk about SharePoint.  The next meeting is coming up on November 15th, from 6-8:30pm.

I’m sure there are more groups out there that I haven’t heard about, so let me know if there are more that I should add to this list.