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By Abhay V
Microsoft opens registrations for its Build 2021 developer conference
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft has officially opened the registrations for its Build conference for 2021. The event is slated to be held starting May 25 through May 27, and just like last year, it will be held virtually. The dates are in line with previous rumors pointing at a late May timeline for the conference.
While Build brings with it a bunch of developer-focused announcements spanning the breadth of the Redmond giant’s business line items, this year’s event could be interesting for consumers and fans of Windows as well. Panos Panay recently teased a “next generation of Windows” coming later this year and the company is also planning to hold a separate product-focused event for Windows and gaming, signaling a renewed focus on consumers.
The Redmond company is expected to ship a major update to Windows 10 – codenamed Sun Valley – later this year, along with a possible new app store with new policies that expand the type of apps that can be submitted to the store. Windows 10X, the firm’s lightweight OS aimed at lower-end devices and enterprises first, is also expected to be released sometime later this year, details of which might be shared during the conference.
In addition to the possible consumer-focused announcements, the event will focus heavily on Azure, Power Platform, Teams, Office, and other enterprise-focused areas. Those interested can go ahead and register themselves for Build 2021 here. The sessions' catalog is yet to go live at the time of writing.
By Usama Jawad96
A canceled Windows Core OS build has reportedly leaked online
by Usama Jawad
Back in 2018, it was reported that Microsoft is building a new, modern version of Windows 10 for PCs, codenamed Polaris. This would be under the Windows Core OS umbrella which also included Andromeda as the operating system for foldable mobile devices. It was rumored that this flavor of the operating system will strip much of the legacy code and compatibility issues that the OS is currently encumbered with. While Microsoft canceled both Polaris and Andromeda in 2018, and tapped Windows 10X as their replacement, a build of the former has now leaked online.
Windows Central reports that an old build of Polaris - the modular flavor for traditional PCs - has leaked online, but unfortunately, there's not much to be excited about. The leak is a very early build from 2018 and contains no shell or apps. This essentially means that it has no GUI either and is just the bare OS package.
While there's not much that can be messed around with in the build, some interesting tidbits are that it is an RS3 RTM build and is compatible with ARM32 architecture. This means that it can be booted up on the age-old Surface RT.
Polaris was supposed to be a modular version of Windows, offering better flexibility, power management, and performance. However, it is important to emphasize that the OS is no longer in development, and has been superseded by Windows 10X, which is slated to arrive in spring later this year. As this is a leaked build of the software and could contain undisclosed issues, we would advise against trying to tinker around with it on your primary machine.
Source: Windows Central
Google Pixel 5's gap between display and body is 'normal part of the design'
by Rajesh Pandey
Soon after the first batch of Pixel 5 units started making their way into the hands of customers, reports started popping up of users seeing a gap between display and body. This led to concerns about the phone's water-resistance being compromised as the gap could allow for dust and water ingress. Google has investigated the matter and as per a "Community Specialist," the "clearance between the body and the display is a normal part" of the Pixel 5's design.
Google also confirmed that the gap will not have any effect on the dust- and water-resistance of the Pixel 5 as well. Below is the entire post made by a Google "Community Specialist" David Pop on its support forums.
Some customers had managed to get their Pixel 5 units replaced by Google for this issue. However, now that Google has investigated the issue and deemed that it is a "normal part of the design," the company is unlikely to issue replacement units for the same any more. If you are still bothered by the gap between the display and body of your Pixel 5 though, do make sure to contact Google.
Source: Google Support
By Rich Woods
The session catalog for Microsoft Build 2020 is now live
by Rich Woods
This year's Microsoft Build developer conference is going to be virtual, and that's going to be the case next year as well. But Microsoft is carrying on, as there will be keynotes, sessions, and workshops just like an in-person event.
Last week, the agenda was published for the virtual event, showing the main schedule of keynotes and workshops, all of which will be replayed at different times for different time zones. Now, the full session list is live.
Microsoft Build 2020 includes a list of 604 sessions, and that probably won't change. Usually, the schedule is published weeks ahead of time, and then sessions get added between then and the actual event. But at this point, we're just five days away.
Out of those 604, exactly zero show up in search results for Windows 10X. There are 51 sessions that show up in a search for Windows though, such as "Unifying and evolving the Windows platform".
Sadly, the event isn't populating in the Microsoft Events app, so if you're attending the event, you'll have to use the web interface to manage your schedule. You can check it out here.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft publishes the agenda for its Build 2020 virtual event
by Rich Woods
Last week, Microsoft opened up registration for its Build 2020 developer conference, also announcing some details about its upcoming event. Now, the agenda has been published on the Build website.
The event will begin at 8am Pacific, followed by the "Empowering every developer" keynote from CEO Satya Nadella. At 8:40, it will be time for the Imagine Cup, followed by a session with Scott Hanselman and then a session with Scott Guthrie.
Here's the agenda for May 19:
PDT Experiences 8:00 AM Microsoft Build digital event begins
8:20 AM Empowering every developer, with Satya Nadella
8:40 AM Imagine Cup
9:00 AM Every developer is welcome, with Scott Hanselman and guests 10:15 AM Azure for every developer, with Scott Guthrie and guests 11:00 AM Building the tools for modern work, with Rajesh Jha and guests 12:30 PM Digital Breakouts with live Q&A 4:45 PM Social Hour: Mix, Mingle, and Celebrate 5:20 PM Empowering every developer, with Satya Nadella 5:40 PM Imagine Cup 6:00 PM Every developer is welcome, with Scott Hanselman and guests 7:30 PM Digital Breakouts with live Q&A
Obviously, some of these sessions are being replayed, which is for people in different time zomes. You can see that in the day two schedule as well.
PDT Experiences 12:15 AM Azure for every developer, with Scott Guthrie and guests
1:00 AM New ways to work and learn, with Rajesh Jha and guests
2:00 AM Digital Breakouts with live Q&A
9:45 AM The future of tech, with Kevin Scott and guests 10:30 AM Ask Scott Guthrie, with Scott Guthrie
11:30 AM Power Platform for developers, with James Philips
12:30 PM Digital Breakouts with live Q&A 6:30 PM Social Hour: Mix, Mingle, and Celebrate
7:30 PM The future of tech, with Kevin Scott and guests 8:15 PM Power Platform for developers, with James Philips 9:30 PM Digital Breakouts with live Q&A
The rest of the event will be breakout sessions, as usual. That schedule isn't listed just yet, although it should be pretty soon. After all, Build is just 11 days away. It's still not listed in the Microsoft Events app, and it's unclear if that's even where Microsoft will publish the schedule.