Microsoft's BUILD conference is sold out, Windows 9 highly anticipated

Like many before it, Microsoft’s BUILD conference has sold out. The conference, which kicks off in early April (Neowin will be there) is Microsoft’s premier developer conference.

If rumors hold true, this iteration of BUILD could be highly exciting as Microsoft may state its vision for Windows 9 which is expected to ship around April of 2015, roughly one year after the conference. Further, Microsoft will likely start releasing preview iterations of the platform later this year but a build is not expected to be released at the conference.

Typically, developer conferences sell out rather quickly. Apple’s conferences have sold out in minutes and Google’s in hours. Microsoft’s conference last year sold out in a day. We wouldn’t read too much into the time it takes for the show to sell out but the conference did take longer than many were expecting for all the seats to be filled.

Microsoft’s BUILD website is quiet on what the conference will talk about and the session listings are not posted. Sessions are usually posted much closer to the actual conference and occasionally the titles of these events point to upcoming, yet unannounced, features for the Windows platform.

With the event about 10 weeks away, we won’t have to wait too much longer to gain a better understanding of what to expect at the event that might include the release/announcement of the Windows 8.1 spring update.

Thanks for the tip Greg!

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I wonder what % of people who go to these Apple/Google/Microsoft conferences go because they're actually developers and what % goes as some sort of geek pilgrimage. Don't they also give out goodies sometimes too?

Microsoft gives away good stuff - Surface Pros, other tablets, Nokia 920s, 100s of GB of SkyDrive storage, etc.

At Google IO they gave away Chromebooks. They were immediately used to prop open doors, stuck under the legs of wobbly tables, etc. It increased the total number of Chromebook users by 9000%, even though nobody used them because Google does not count actual users, just potential ones like with G+.

Apple does not give you anything. It is a privilege to be in the same building as Tim Cook, who was thoroughly disgusted to be that close to the plebs that he demanded to be sprayed with Purell every 5 minutes.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Microsoft gives away good stuff - Surface Pros, other tablets, Nokia 920s, 100s of GB of SkyDrive storage, etc.

At Google IO they gave away Chromebooks. They were immediately used to prop open doors, stuck under the legs of wobbly tables, etc. It increased the total number of Chromebook users by 9000%, even though nobody used them because Google does not count actual users, just potential ones like with G+.

Apple does not give you anything. It is a privilege to be in the same building as Tim Cook, who was thoroughly disgusted to be that close to the plebs that he demanded to be sprayed with Purell every 5 minutes.

microsoft never gave away anything untill last year... they just started doing it after looking at google

microsoft never gave away anything untill last year... they just started doing it after looking at google

Thus far, hardware has been given out at every BUILD conference.
2011: Windows 8 tablet with Developer Preview OS.
2012: Surface RT and Lumia 920.
2013: Surface Pro, Iconia W3 tablet.

zhangm said,

Thus far, hardware has been given out at every BUILD conference.
2011: Windows 8 tablet with Developer Preview OS.
2012: Surface RT and Lumia 920.
2013: Surface Pro, Iconia W3 tablet.

so thats how they sold all the surface pro tablets

mary1972 said,

so thats how they sold all the surface pro tablets

Well no, they gave those away. But sometimes it is smart to get your product in the hands of developers so they can see what it's all about. Also, it was the Surface RT they had trouble selling because they manufactured too many, not the Pro. The Pro was good except for the battery life, which they addressed with the Pro 2.

mary1972 said,

microsoft never gave away anything untill last year... they just started doing it after looking at google

Bullc**p. There was a giveaway even at Build 2011 (Samsung tablets with Windows 8).

mary1972 said,

microsoft never gave away anything untill last year... they just started doing it after looking at google

Not true!!!... I've been going to these conferences since 2003, when it was still called PDC. I can remember getting a 500MB external drive since then. At that time 500MB was humongous. Over time the goodies got better and better. Last year the goodies alone practically paid back my expenses for the conference

mary1972 said,

microsoft never gave away anything untill last year... they just started doing it after looking at google

As others have written, this is completely false. My first PDC (the name before it became //Build) was October 2001, the week WinXP was released. They gave everyone a free copy. And every conference I attended after had bigger and better things they would give away.

vhaakmat said,

Not true!!!... I've been going to these conferences since 2003, when it was still called PDC. I can remember getting a 500MB external drive since then. At that time 500MB was humongous. Over time the goodies got better and better. Last year the goodies alone practically paid back my expenses for the conference

You must mean 500GB. I had 500MB in 1993.

Unless you're talking about a flash drive.

macoman said,
Any news from the conference on Windows Phone 8.1? Waiting for this upgrade.

No kidding! I'm very happy with WP8, but I've seen people with good size lists of things they want or need, both as individuals and for business use. I'm also intrigued by the idea of WP and Windows RT merging over time. WP seems like it'd be great for 8" tablets!

macoman said,
Any news from the conference on Windows Phone 8.1? Waiting for this upgrade.

Windows 9 aside the conference will be heavy with windows phone 8.1 and Xbox one it seems.