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 Microsoft 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.
The company’s event page explains: “Microsoft Build is a place where developers, architects, start-ups, and students learn, connect and code together, sharing knowledge and expanding skills, while exploring 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 it is almost certain that we are looking for another event. Last year, Microsoft improved collaboration tools for its Office productivity application suite, AI-focused supercomputers running on its Azure cloud platform, and new cloud tools specifically designed for medical practitioners.
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 11.
At the same time, Google has not confirmed whether it plans to stage its Google I/O developers. The company has canceled the show at all conferences this year, but the company said last month that it does plan to hold certain versions of its annual Google Cloud Next event in October this year.
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 pure virtual developer conference that Microsoft needs to hold in history.
With any luck, the developers will continue their pilgrimage to Seattle next year, and who knows-maybe those little emotional support horses from Build 2018 will appear again.