I am excited to host everyone, to include our strategic partners, this summer in Seattle for the US Public Sector FY18 Kickoff and ISU scheduled for July 31 – August 3.  

I believe it is the perfect location to start the year given our theme of Full Speed Ahead. Seattle is a city that has redefined itself many times since it’s founding. They have recharged their city’s economy as they have experienced booms in lumber, gold, ship building, aerospace and most recently, one that is instrumental to us, the technology boom pioneered by Microsoft.

Today for Microsoft, we must continue to move forward with maximum speed and power. The significance of this year’s kickoff is that we are going home to where it all began and where we will enter our next phase of growth.

Full Speed Ahead is our opportunity to step on the accelerator, bury the speedometer and charge toward the future. We’ve always been the trailblazers and we will continue to use our vision along with our passion and persistence to lead the industry.

Like Seattle, Microsoft has prospered and evolved as well. Our full speed ahead approach to servicing customers and providing solutions will ultimately win this race. This, combined with our new tools and services and the new era of cloud intelligence, is going to drive us with all possible energy and force.   

Monday night we will remain on-site for a taste of Seattle welcome reception and on Tuesday, we’ll celebrate the new year amongst the surrounding beauty of the region.

The anticipation will have us sleepless in Seattle – its time to rev up the engines.


Curt Kolcun
Vice President
Microsoft US Public Sector