The 2013 Best of TechEd awards program has begun! The Microsoft TechEd show will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, from June 3 to June 6. Our annual awards program, in partnership with Microsoft, recognizes the best and most promising products at the show.

We've streamlined our list of categories this year to 10 nomination-based categories—Backup and Recovery, Cloud Computing, Database, Hardware, Messaging and Unified Communications, Security, SharePoint, Software Development, Systems Management and Operations, and Virtualization—and 3 additional categories—Breakthrough Technology, Attendees' Pick: Partner Product, and Attendees' Pick: Microsoft Product. For a breakdown of how the Best of TechEd awards program works, see "The Inner Workings of Best of TechEd."

If you're a vendor who is planning on exhibiting at this year's TechEd show, be sure to get your nominations in before April 30! You can find the nomination form at the Best of TechEd web page.

For more information about Best of TechEd and our other award programs, visit our Awards Central hub.