Microsoft announces BUILD 2012, to be held October 30

build_logoMicrosoft has just announced on their official blog that their annual developer conference, BUILD, which replaced PDC (Professional Developers Conference) last year, will be held from October 30 to November 2 at Microsoft’s very own Redmond campus. This places its timing just a week after the general availability of Windows 8, and potentially just before or after the Windows Phone 8 release. Below is an excerpt from the official Microsoft blog:

Out next developer conference will be this fall, and it’s (again) called BUILD. It will be held on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Wash., from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

Yes, that’s right … it’s the week after Windows 8 becomes generally available worldwide. And in addition to Windows 8, we will have lots of other stuff to talk about too: Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and much more.

BUILD 2012 will be on the Microsoft campus, and I know what you’re thinking … if it’s not in some cavernous convention hall, then it must be a dialed-down version of last year’s event. But don’t be confused: this will be unlike anything we’ve held on our corporate campus in a long time. More details to come :). And, as we talked about in the January post, if you’ve gone to a Microsoft developer event, you know that most of the speakers and participants are from our engineering teams, so a campus event puts you in the thick of things along with the engineers directly responsible for our products and the platform opportunities they represent. This one’s not to be missed.

Registration for the event will open at 8 AM PDT on August 8, 2012 (looks like they love the number 8 this year) over at, by which time Microsoft will share more details regarding its keynotes, sessions, content, and more. Mark the date in your calendar now!