Microsoft BUILD Developer Conference Will Take Place This Fall
Derek Walter for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
Microsoft is planning its annual developer conference to coincide with the launch of two major Windows products this fall.
For the first time the event will be held at the company’s Redmond, Wash. campus from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. Windows 8 is scheduled to launch Oct. 26; Windows Phone 8 is likely to be available around the same time.
Tim O’Brien, general manager of platform strategy in the Developer and Platform Evangelism group with Microsoft had high expectations for this year’s event. He posted the following on a company blog:
“BUILD 2012 will be on the Microsoft campus, and I know what you’re thinking … if it’s not in some cavernous convention hall, then it must be a dialed-down version of last year’s event, etc. … but don’t be confused: this will be unlike anything we’ve held on our corporate campus in a long time. More details to come. And, as we talked about in the January post, if you’ve gone to a Microsoft developer event, you know that most of the speakers and participants are from our engineering teams, so a campus event puts you in the thick of things along with the engineers directly responsible for our products and the platform opportunities they represent. This one’s not to be missed.”
Along with the desktop and Windows Phone, this year’s BUILD could see a launch or further preview of the company’s Surface tablet. Microsoft showed off the device earlier this summer, promoting it as a productivity-powered tablet built and designed by the Redmond company.
During BUILD Microsoft representatives guide developers on how to maximize the tools available across the company’s platform. No ticket prices have been announced for this year’s conference. Last year, full conference passes were priced around $1,600.