Confirmed: Microsoft reveals BUILD 2014 conference for April 2-4

Microsoft is getting ready once again to give developers a chance to go deep into Windows with the 2014 edition of its BUILD conference. This year's event was held in late June in San Francisco and it seems Microsoft liked the location so much, the 2014 BUILD conference will be held in the "City by the Bay" yet again.

Microsoft's news site shows that the exact date for BUILD 2014 will be April 2-4 and it will be held at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. Registration for the event will begin on January 14th at noon Eastern time (9 am Pacific) so you have plenty of time to get your schedule all sorted out if you are interested in attending.

Microsoft used the inaugural BUILD event in Anaheim, California in 2011 to give developers the first chance to go hands-on with an early version of Windows 8. BUILD 2012 was held in Redmond, Washington at Microsoft's headquarters just after the launch of Windows 8 and the 2013 edition was used to release the first public preview of Windows 8.1. The big question: What will Microsoft be showing off at BUILD 2014? Will we see the first "Threshold" version of Windows? Will we see the return of a Start menu to the desktop? Will we see the first Windows Phone smartphones built by Microsoft after they finish acquiring Nokia? Stay tuned; it should be interesting.

Update: It looks like Microsoft's news site might have jumped the gun a bit on revealing the BUILD 2014 announcements; the news post is not showing up anymore on the page.

Update #2: It's all official now, Microsoft has confirmed the conference and registration opens January 14th.

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Early date makes sense if they are targeting Windows Phone 8.1 and Xbox One. Please open Xbox One self publishing and development! It is all I want for Christmas.

I heard the rumor that MS will release a "Win8.1 Spring GDR", that's the reason for pushing Build to April, no further details.

i really doubt will be showcased any info on Threshold or anything like that. improvements on visual studio, azure and surface is my guess.

So the Windows team have between now and then to come up with a start menu that...

1. Is not the start menu.
2. Innovative and new.
3. Complimentary to metro.
4. Doesn't look or feel like the old start menu.
5. But does the same job as the old start menu.

I cannot wait, the sooner it is bought back the better.

/Runs and hides for bringing up the start menu again.

I think we're going to see both Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Threshold, Windows Phone 8.1 and perhaps Surface. And a new Internet Explorer, of course.

Studio384 said,
I think we're going to see both Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Threshold, Windows Phone 8.1 and perhaps Surface. And a new Internet Explorer, of course.

I doubt we will see Threshold or Windows 9. Hopefully Cortana though.

ians18 said,

I doubt we will see Threshold or Windows 9. Hopefully Cortana though.


Agreed. I'm betting Windows 8.1 Update 1 preview, Windows phone 8.1 preview, Surface mini. Not sure about internet explorer.

I dont think there will be major UI changes to windows, just (hopefully) a first step to unification of the store between Windows/Windows phone.
For WP8.1, hopefully by that time the enterprise feature pack will have been delivered (WMC ?), and this update will bring .... notification centre ?? one can have wiiiiiild dreams, and maybe cortana.

Exciting! I guess we can at least expect a preview of the next update to Windows (Not Threshold, just the mini-update Mary Jo has mentioned before) and, I'd hope, the release of Windows Phone 8.1.

Thief000 said,
No, it hasn't. Maybe they're doing one twice a year now?

I doubt it but this could be good because that would mean they'd give out new SDKs and preview bits to developers with a final release in summer/fall.