Typically, Microsoft announces the dates and location of its Build developer conferences in the previous December, but not this year. The company still hasn't confirmed when or where Build 2018 will be, but Twitter user and renowned Microsoft leakster WalkingCat seems to know more. WalkingCat tweeted the image that you can see above, which says that the conference will be held between May 7 and May 9, in Seattle.
The timing and location aren't exactly surprising, given that Microsoft held Build in Seattle last year, also in May. Previous conferences have been held earlier in the year, but it would seem that March doesn't fit the schedule anymore.
What's more interesting is that if these dates are indeed accurate, then Build 2018 will take place at the same time as I/O 2018, Google's developer conference. Google has confirmed that it will be holding the event between May 8 and May 10, so it starts just a day after Microsoft is reportedly holding its event.
Unfortunately, these conferences are booked months ahead of time in their respective venues, so a clash like this is always a possibility. Maybe next year, Microsoft might want to make a phone call to Google (or vice versa) to make sure that this doesn't happen again.
We've reached out to Microsoft to find out if these dates are indeed accurate, and if the company has any statement regarding holding Build at the same time as I/O. When the company makes the information official, it will show up on the Build website here, which still shows the information from Build 2017.