Next week Microsoft will hold its first annual BUILD Conference in Anaheim, California. The event is expected to reveal a lot more about Microsoft's plans for its Windows 8 operating system along with perhaps a release of a developer preview to its attendees. But the BUILD Conference isn't the only major tech oriented company event happening next week. Intel will also be holding its annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco from September 13-15.
An examination of IDF's panel agenda shows that Intel will be holding at least two panels where the company will discuss how its products will work with Windows 8. One is called "Microsoft Windows 8 on Intel Architecture" on September 14 while the other is titled "Hot Topic Q&A: Intel and Microsoft – Windows 8", to be held on September 15. Both panels will feature speakers from both Intel and Microsoft as they talk about the operating system and how Microsoft is working with Intel to help develop Windows 8.
Even though Microsoft announced earlier this year that Windows 8 will be able to run on processors designed with ARM's architecture, the vast majority of products that will run Windows 8 will still have processors made by Intel. It's a given that Intel and Microsoft would collaborate and hold joint panels at IDF about how Microsoft's next major operating system will work on Intel-based devices.
In addition to the Windows 8 panels, IDF will also feature a number of other sessions next week that will cover topics like offering 3D entertainment on a PC, Intel's new Ultrabook design, cloud computing and more. The IDF agenda is a lot more open at this point than Microsoft's BUILD Conference which is mostly a secret less than a week before it opens.