In the past few weeks, the possible release date of Microsoft Build has been leaked twice. Now, it looks like it is official. Microsoft̵
Microsoft now lists Build 2021 on its public-facing event page. (Thanks to Donovan Brown, Microsoft Partner Program Manager for the link.) The Microsoft-specific Build website has not been updated to reflect this year’s official date.
A spokesperson confirmed to me that this was the correct date and said that Microsoft has nothing to disclose when it will open the Build registration.
Microsoft will supplement its larger major conference this year with smaller “What’s Next” virtual events. It is expected that the “Next Step in Gaming” event will be held in the next few weeks. I heard that the Game Stack Live event listed on the US event page is not the event.
I’m also not sure if Microsoft’s planned “Next Event for Windows” is Build 2021 itself, or a separate virtual event held before the Build. Microsoft officials chose to release some of the larger Microsoft product announcements this year in the form of a separate dedicated virtual event. The February “Industry Next Development” event is where Microsoft launches more vertical cloud bundles. Spring Ignite is considered the “next step in the cloud” activity. It is expected that Microsoft will also hold a “Security Next Step” virtual event later this year.
After several years of not investing a lot of energy and focusing on promoting the business, Microsoft officials are working hard to strengthen contacts with Windows this year. So maybe Build will actually include new content that will highlight Windows 10X, Windows 10 21H2, etc. The recent build events are mainly focused on Office, Azure, Power Platform and IoT, and less on Windows.