What is Microsoft Build?

Find out about Microsoft’s upcoming developer conference.

At around the same time every year, Microsoft holds its annual Build conference, where it announces new products and meets with lots of people who use its software tools for work and for fun.

But it’s not just of interest to developers. There are likely to be some announcements regarding Windows 10, Edge Explorer, and some future technologies like HoloLens and Azure that will whet our appetite for what’s to come.

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Interested? Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Microsoft Build?

Microsoft Build is Microsoft’s annual conference that gathers together some of the most innovative and creative developers to talk all things Microsoft. There will be conferences, workshops and discussions about all of Microsoft’s latest products, like Azure (its cloud computing platform), Windows 10 and its HoloLens mixed reality headset.

What is the point of it?

It’s a chance for people making apps and software for Microsoft’s platforms to see what new technologies Microsoft has coming up. It’s a handy networking event for those in the business. Microsoft also uses it to make some announcements, such as to share new features coming to its software and devices, and maybe even a new product or two.

When is Microsoft Build 2018?

This year, it takes place from May 7-9.

Where is Microsoft Build held?

At the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, US.

What will be announced?

No one knows. That’s what makes it so exciting. But Microsoft has said this year’s focus will be on artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and experimental new areas like quantum computing. These all hold immense potential, so expect some exciting innovations ahead.

Who will be speaking?

There will be lots of speakers from Microsoft, as you would expect. The headliner is the company's CEO Satya Nadella, with other big name-speakers including Scott Guthrie and Joe Belfiore.

Can I watch it live?

You can. Microsoft will livestream some sessions and make others available to view after the fact. Head to the Microsoft Build website to see which ones you can watch.

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