Build (developer conference)

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Not to be confused with Build (design conference).
Microsoft Build Developers Conference
Microsoft BUILD Conf logo.svg
Frequency Annual
Venue Moscone Center
Location(s) San Francisco, CA, United States
Founded September 2011; 5 years ago (2011-09)
Most recent March 30 – April 01, 2016
Next event May 10–12, 2017
Participants 15000
Organized by Microsoft
Sign for Microsoft's Build 2013 conference at the Moscone Center entrance in San Francisco

Microsoft Build (often stylised as //build/) is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software engineers and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies. First held in 2011, it serves as a successor for Microsoft's previous developer events, the Professional Developers Conference (an infrequent event which covered development of software for the Windows operating system) and MIX (which covered web development centering on Microsoft technology such as Silverlight and



Build 2011 was held from September 13 to September 16, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The conference heavily focused on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012; their Developer Preview versions were also released during the conference. Attendees also received a Samsung tablet shipping with the Windows 8 "Developer Preview" build.


Held on Microsoft's campus in Redmond from October 30 to November 2, 2012, the 2012 edition of Build focused on the recently released Windows 8, along with Windows Azure and Windows Phone 8. Attendees received a Surface RT tablet with Touch Cover, a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.[1]


Build 2013 was held from June 26 to June 28, 2013 at the Moscone Center (North and South) in San Francisco.[2] The conference was primarily used to unveil the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8.[3][4] Each attendee received a Surface Pro, Acer Iconia W3 (the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet) with a Bluetooth keyboard, one year of Adobe Creative Cloud and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.[5]


Build 2014 was held at the Moscone Center (West) in San Francisco from April 2 to April 4, 2014. The date and venue of Build 2014 were prematurely published by Microsoft's website on December 12, 2013, but was subsequently pulled. Microsoft ultimately made an official announcement on the next day.[6][7] Build attendees received a free Xbox One and a $500 Microsoft Store gift card.[8]



Build 2015 was held at the Moscone Center (West) in San Francisco from April 29 to May 1, 2015. Registration fee is $2095, and opened at 9:00am PST on Thursday, January 22 and "sold out" in under an hour[9][10] with an unspecified number of attendees. Build attendees received a free HP Spectre x360 ultrabook.[11]



Build 2016 was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 30 to April 1, 2016. The price was increased by $100 compared to the previous year.[13] The conference was sold out in 1 minute. Unlike previous years, there were no hardware gifts for attendees.[14]



The 2017 Build conference is planned to be in Downtown Seattle, Washington from May 10 to May 12, 2017.


  1. ^ Build Conference 2012 Giveaway
  2. ^ "Announcing Build 2013". Microsoft. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Microsoft officially acknowledges Windows Blue". PC World. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Windows Keeps Getting Better". Microsoft. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Weir, Andy. "BUILD 2013: Attendees get 8-in Acer Iconia W3 tablet [Update: ...and a Surface Pro!]". Neowin. Neowin, LLC. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Guggenheimer, Steve. "Mark your calendars: Announcing Build 2014 by Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism". Microsoft. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Warren, Tom. "Microsoft schedules BUILD 2014 developer conference for April 2nd". The Verge. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Microsoft treats Build 2014 attendees to an Xbox One and a $500 Microsoft Store gift card". Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Microsoft announces BUILD 2015 for April 29-May 1, kicks off new Ignite enterprise conference". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Microsoft's Build conference sold out in one hour". Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Microsoft Makes Its Case to Developers at Build Conference in San Francisco (Liveblog)". Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Get ready for Microsoft HoloLens at Build, Microsoft's premier developer conference.". Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Microsoft's Build conference sold out in 1 minute". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  14. ^ "Microsoft Build 2016 sells out". Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  15. ^ Friedman, Nat (31 March 2016). "Xamarin for Everyone". Xamarin Blog. 
  16. ^ "Remoted iOS Simulator (for Windows)". Xamarin Developer Guides. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Build Event on MSDN Channel 9
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