Confirming an earlier report in Windows IT Pro that its Management Summit was being discontinued, Microsoft this week revealed that it will merge the show with TechEd beginning in 2014. According to the firm, the change makes sense because of the overlap between the two shows.

"In recent years, shifts such as the consumerization of IT and the move to the cloud have ... broadened the subject matter at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) to the degree that the tracks have become very similar to what’s covered at TechEd," the firm explains. "To that end, Microsoft announced that starting this [fiscal] year, it will merge MMS with TechEd."

The next TechEd is scheduled for May 2014 in Houston, Texas. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson says this show will provide everything IT pros need, including systems management information and training.

"The System Center team is already preparing to teach [at TechEd] the deep 300- and 400-level content you've come to expect at MMS," he writes in a new post to Microsoft's In The Cloud blog. "There will also be expanded Early Bird pricing options, dedicated Management Meet & Geek opportunities, dedicated Management Instructor-Led Labs and Hands-on Labs, structured and unstructured networking opportunities tuned to the management community and broader communities, and other unique MMS experiences."

Anderson also noted that this change was not a cost-cutting measure. "This change has been made solely with the best interests of our community in mind," he writes. "This decision was not made lightly."