There are a lot free resources for the seasoned or aspiring Microsoft technologist in the Toronto area. Whether you are a developer or an IT Operations, a Solution Architect, a Power User or an end user, there are a lot of Microsoft related user groups that can help you enhance your Microsoft technology related knowledge to help your organization, your projects, your career or just your curiosity.

These user groups deal with a wide variety of Microsoft related technologies such as Azure, SharePoint, .NET, Open Source, JavaScript, Office 365, Microsoft Security and Compliance, Data & Analytics, Business Intelligence, Adoption & Change Management, Windows, Microsoft 365, Serverless, Infrastructure and Enterprise Architecture.

I thought I would put a list of Microsoft related user groups together around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) for the benefit of the community.

If you are interested in having your user group be on this list, contact me on LinkedIn.

Azure Data User Group 

No matter the application, data emerges as the lifeblood of your solution. Come to this meetup to learn, teach, and chat about working with data on Azure. From relational data for web applications to big data for machine learning, we will cover a wide range of topics and technologies. This meet-up is hosted by programmers, for programmers; we will go over practical solutions for developers. All skill levels are welcome.

Brampton DevOps/Cloud Computing Meetup 

If you are interested in Cloud tech and DevOps, this is the meetup for you. Centrally located at the SPS Commerce Canada location at Bramalea City Center, close to 410 and 407 for those commuters around the GTA. All skill levels are welcome, talks will be centered around AWS with some Azure and GCP as well. DevOps discussions on automation, build deploy pipelines, automated testing, and architecture will be common. Microsoft and Java stacks will be represented most frequently although emerging tech will also be discussed.

C# Corner Toronto Chapter Meetup

C# Corner has 32 chapters all over the world already which serve the purpose of sharing technical knowledge by hosting monthly meetups, workshops and webinars.

C# Corner is an online global community for IT professionals and developers to exchange their knowledge and experience using various methods such as contributing articles, forums, blogs, and videos. C# Corner reaches 4+ million monthly users worldwide.

C# Corner’s Toronto chapter will be the 33rd chapter overall and 2nd in Canada.

Digital Transformation Toronto 

Our goal is to enable teams to build and deliver better quality software applications and technology products more efficiently. We do this by working with industry experts, who provide information and training around leading software development methodologies and technologies. A “digital transformation” doesn’t just refer to technology, it’s about transforming how teams work, how they collaborate and how they leverage technology. Each meetup will focus on practical applications for one or more of these technologies/mythologies. We aim to bring in industry experts relevant to each topic.

Microsoft Tech Talks Mississauga 

Microsoft TechTalks is a Technical community user group event designed to bring IT leaders in the Mississauga area together for deep technical discussions and an opportunity to network and share with other IT professionals in the area. This event is hosted at Microsoft Offices in Mississauga/Toronto, where we will focus solely on Microsoft technologies. We have a huge pool of subject matter experts who have deep experience to cover nearly every product that Microsoft offers including Windows, Exchange, SQL, Office 365, Azure and much more. Our Microsoft Services presenters are world-class Subject Matter Experts and trusted advisors to our highly-valued customers. Our meetings are a great opportunity to attend and ‘ask the experts’ the questions that you have always wanted to ask. Subjects will vary from session to session and will attempt to be at the leading edge showcasing our latest features and products available.

Mississauga Learn Cloud, AI, BigData Meetup Group 

You are one of the following:
An IT Professional or Student exploring Big Data
An IT Professional or Student exploring Artificial Intelligence
An IT Professional or Student exploring Data Science
An IT Professional or Student exploring Deep Learning & Machine Learning
An IT Professional or Student exploring Azure, AWS, Google Cloud
– You are looking out real life examples of implementing above topics
– You are looking out for hands-on Instructor Led training & workshops by Industry Experts of above topics in & around Mississauga
– Want career guidance on how to advance your career in one of the above topics
– Looking our for Industry Experts as mentors for above topics.

North Toronto Cloud & DevOps User Group 

North Toronto Cloud & DevOps User Group (NorthTorontoUG) is for members who are interested in Microsoft and open-source technologies related to Cloud and DevOps as well as .NET development. We welcome members of all skill levels to our meetings and strive to make the content we present interesting and informative for experts and beginners alike.

OWASP Toronto Chapter 

This is the Toronto Chapter for OWASP. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501(c)(3) worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization focused on improving the security of software. Our mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks.

Serverless Toronto 

We believe that Today’s code is Tomorrow’s Technical Debt, so we advocate not only introduction of Serverless Technologies but also Serverless Mindset – to achieve business agility through using Managed Services and other people’s APIs. (Simply put, Serverless is “Less IT Mess” 🙂

The Azure Group (Azure User Community – Toronto) 

The Azure Group (TAG) provides a forum for IT professionals to discuss and share expertise in understanding the cloud technologies available through the Microsoft Azure platform offerings. As organizations look to add cloud technologies to their suite of IT solutions, new technologies, new infrastructure opportunities and challenges arise. Started in Toronto and expanding across Canada, the goal of TAG is to share real world experiences and provide education opportunities as they relate to the Microsoft Azure cloud offerings. Our membership includes IT practitioners, managers, network administrators, students, and anyone who is interesting in learning more about implementing or leveraging the Azure services. Membership is free, simply sign up for event emails in the box below and show up to our event. No event registration required.

Toronto Azure & Architecture UG 

Toronto Azure & Architecture Users Group (ARCUG) Main Focus Is To Bring Architects and Developers Of All Skill Levels Together To Share, Laugh, And Grow Their Skills In Developer Community.

Toronto Microsoft 365 User Group 

The Toronto Microsoft 365 Group was created to connect IT professionals who work with Skype for Business, Exchange, Office 365 and everything in between. We have recently expanded the group to cover the entire Microsoft 365 portfolio of products so we have more amazing content to choose from. We hope you can join us to share your knowledge and experience with the Microsoft community!!

Toronto Power Platform UG (Power BI, PowerApps and Flow)

Toronto Power Platform UG (Power BI, PowerApps and Power Automate) Meetup group focus on exploring the capabilities of Microsoft Power Platform suite of Products, including Power BI, PowerApps and Power Automate. The objective of the group is to facilitate a forum for Business Intelligence professionals in the Toronto area to network, share experiences and learn from peers and industry experts about the Microsoft BI Solution.

Toronto SharePoint User Group 

The Toronto SharePoint Users Group (TSPUG) launched in 2006 to support the SharePoint community in southern Ontario. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at Microsoft’s downtown office. Each meeting features a catered social, Q&A, and a featured presentation. All are welcome!

Toronto Cloud Native Development Meetup 

Realizing that most Cloud meetups are biased towards platforms and infrastructure, we created this meetup for the developers who write the actual code that runs on cloud platforms. Join us to meet with some of the best experts in Cloud Native Application Development, discussing Design Patterns, Techniques and tips on how to build the new generation of resilient, reliable and highly scalable software. We will focus on the most popular Cloud Platforms (AWS, GCP, Azure), the most popular languages (Java, JavaScript, Python), Front End Development, APIs, Containerization, serverless and everything Cloud Native!

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