Spring has arrived, which means that the calendar is beginning to be filled with high-profile technical events. And the latest addition? Microsoft today confirmed that the online-only Build Developer Conference will be held from May 25 to May 27, although it has not yet revealed when registration will be open. (If there are signs of last year, our funds will be “end of April”.)
The company event page explains: “Microsoft Build is a place where developers, architects, start-ups and students learn, connect and code together, share knowledge and expand their skills, while exploring the innovative ways of tomorrow.”
Unfortunately, Microsoft has not yet used information about this year’s priorities or schedule to update its Build-specific webpage, but we are almost certainly looking for another packaging event. Last year, Microsoft (among other things) improved collaboration tools for its Office productivity application suite, AI-based supercomputers running on its Azure cloud platform, and new cloud tools specifically designed for medical practitioners.
Historically, spring and summer are flooded with large-scale live events, where application and software developers can catch a glimpse of upcoming platform and strategy updates, participate in seminars and code reviews, and usually mingle with colleagues. However, starting last year, the global coronavirus pandemic has forced companies that host these events to quickly reconsider their methods.
Some companies, such as Microsoft and Apple, quickly turned to information-rich online-only transactions, including all-day meetings, presentations, and fireside chats. (In terms of its value, Apple announced this week that its own Global Developers Conference will also be held as an online event from June 7 to 1
Between the surge in COVID-19 vaccine production and the news of relaxing restrictions on vaccinated travelers, Build 2021 is likely to be the last purely virtual developer conference ever held by Microsoft. With any luck, the developers will continue their pilgrimage to Seattle next year. Who knows? Maybe those little emotional support horses from Build 2018 will appear again.