Microsoft reveals details about BUILD Conference

Microsoft's first annual BUILD Conference is getting closer. While the company has been pretty quiet about what will be discussed during the event, a few more tiny clues have surfaced. The conference, to be held September 13-16 in Anaheim, California, is something of a replacement for Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) and WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) which have been held in previous years. The new BUILD Conference is already being hyped as the event where Microsoft will reveal a lot more info about its upcoming Windows 8 operating system. In fact, attendees might get the first Windows 8 beta build as part of the event.

The show has been sold out for about a month, but according to an article at ZDNet Microsoft will live stream the big keynote presentations. A newly revised agenda for the BUILD Conference has been posted at the event's official web site, showing that one keynote will be held on Tuesday, September 13 and another on Wednesday, September 14. Other sessions will be held all four days but Microsoft has yet to reveal any specifics on what these panels will be about. The company will release video webcasts of the BUILD Conference's sessions the day after they are held. September 13 and 14 will also feature parties at the end of the day while Thursday, September 15 will be the date for a somewhat mysterious "Meet the Experts" event.

There was also supposed to be some kind of pre-conference at the event on Monday, September 12, but Microsoft canceled the pre-conference activities a few weeks ago. At the time Microsoft said that it simply wanted to "optimize for the four main days of the event, which will include an enormous number of speakers and sessions."

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Sweet, come that weekend, Windows 8 will be my main OS for awhile.

I'm sure I'll post a few hundred bugs that first weekend, just like I did for Windows 7, Vista, XP, Me, and Win2k.

What I really want to know is what is the ongoing support for WPF going to be. Especially Expression Blend Studio + Visual Studio.

Aethec said,
On the latest IEBlog post, "ieblog" said "Folks eager to learn more about the next release of Internet Explorer will be happy on September 13 when the //BUILD/ Windows conference (http://www.buildwindows.com/) commences in Anaheim, CA.".

I think BUILD will be used to reveal upcoming information on all their products. Including Win8, WP7.5, IE10 & Bing.

funkydude said,

I think BUILD will be used to reveal upcoming information on all their products. Including Win8, WP7.5, IE10 & Bing.


I think you can include WP8 "Apollo" in that list

funkydude said,

I think BUILD will be used to reveal upcoming information on all their products. Including Win8, WP7.5, IE10 & Bing.

Me too. Maybe it will mark the launch of WP 7.5...

DJGM said,
So, we should expect a leak of the first Windows 8 Beta in about 2 weeks from now . . .
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I'm not sure since the article says: "In fact, attendees might get the first Windows 8 beta build as part of the event."

It doesn't sound like a public beta.

FMH said,
I'm not sure since the article says: "In fact, attendees might get the
first Windows 8 beta build as part of the event."

It doesn't sound like a public beta.

I'm sure it won't be a public beta, that's why I said "leak" ... y'know, torrents an' all that.

FMH said,
I'm not sure since the article says: "In fact, attendees might get the first Windows 8 beta build as part of the event."

It doesn't sound like a public beta.

No one knows for sure (apart from certain people Microsoft has told) even the author of this article All anyone can do is speculate.

DJGM said,
So, we should expect a leak of the first Windows 8 Beta in about 2 weeks from now . . .
(-;
My guess is that they only will release a Windows Developer Preview version that lacks some major features (was already said that Media Center will not be included in this pre-release).

Maybe that version will be pre-installed on those mysterious Slates that developers will get to prevent leaks. Maybe developers will have to register so a leak could be traced back to the developer?

We will see.