Microsoft is once again holding its annual developer conference Build 2021 as a purely digital event. The dates are now fixed: The developer conference is to take place from May 25th to 27th, around a week later than originally planned for an on-site appointment.
The first report can be read on Twitter from Microsoft employee Donovan Brown (Partner Program Manager), because of the date (April 1), some readers thought the tweet was an April Fool’s joke. However, the general event page from Microsoft now also lists the date. The The main page of the Build Conference continues to refer to the previous year’s edition and is not yet up to date, but some sessions of Build 2020 can be called up there as canned food (on demand).
Build 2021 mit Breakout-Sessions
At the moment it is not yet known when interested parties can register for Build 2021. This time there is obviously a supporting program planned for the announcement of the major innovations under the motto “What’s Next”. It is apparently unclear whether the session announced as “What’s Next for Windows” refers to the conference itself or a boot for the build. The plan is apparently breakout sessions like “What’s Next for Security”, “What’s Next for Gaming” and “What’s Next for Cloud”. As the tech portal ZDNet reported, citing a Microsoft spokesman, this time the Windows operating system should be the focus, possibly with sessions on Windows 10X and Windows 10 21H2.
In the last edition, the conference presented the Project Reunion to combine the two Windows APIs WinRT and Win32, and focused on the Fluid Framework and Power Toys.
Instead of presence: digital for the long term or temporarily?
Organizing the event again purely digitally instead of face-to-face is also in line with the announcement that Microsoft employees will return from the home office to the face-to-face office in September 2021 at the earliest. Microsoft originally planned to return to office work in July 2021. The company has now adjusted this plan in view of the international pandemic situation. Internally, Microsoft has a six-step plan for hybrid work from company closure and compulsory home work to open office operations with more or less strict conditions. It has been known since last autumn that the company plans to optionally enable the majority of its employees to work from home even after the pandemic.
Since the organizers had already designed the Build as an on-site event, it can be assumed that Microsoft will again offer its in-house conference in presence in the future.