SOFTWARE maker Microsoft Corporation said last week it planned to bring its successful seminar series, known collectively as Tech.Ed, to Hong Kong in May. Tech.Ed Asia 94 targets developers, system integrators and information system managers, and is based on a seminar programme held in the United States last year. The Asia version of that event - which will include seminars that deal specifically with Asian-language computing issues - will be one of four Tech.Ed programmes to be held worldwide over the next two months. Similar seminars will be held in New Orleans, Paris and Sydney. Leveraging its dominant market position, Tech.Ed is a Microsoft-only event that covers both system platform issues of DOS/Windows and Windows NT, as well as a full technical session on its programming languages and applications software. Despite being a single-vendor event, Microsoft said its programme was designed to ''address the realities of today's multi-vendor environments''. The Hong Kong version will cover development issues for handling double-byte characters, Unicode, porting Asian-language applications, and operating in mixed-language environments. Keynote speakers at the Hong Kong Tech.Ed will be Roger Heinen, Microsoft's database and development tools vice-president, and Robert McDowell, the corporation's consulting services vice-president. The programme will include 25 other Asian and North American speakers from within and outside of Microsoft. Microsoft Hong Kong country manager Laurie Kan said the Tech.Ed programme would help to change the way people in Asia viewed computer conferences. Tech.Ed will cost attendees US$795 for those who register before the end of March, and US$995 for those who register later.