Spring is too full, which means that the calendar is starting to fill up with high-profile technical events. And the latest addition? Microsoft today confirmed that the online-only Build Developer Conference will run between May 25 and May 27, but there is still no word on when registration will open. (If last year is any indication, our money is at the end of April.)
“Microsoft Build is where developers, architects, startups, and students learn, connect and code, share knowledge, and expand their skills, while exploring new ways to innovate for tomorrow,” the company’s event page explains.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has not yet updated its Build-specific website with information about this year̵
Historically, spring and summer have been packed with big, personal events where app and software developers get their first glimpse of upcoming platform and strategy updates, attend workshops and code reviews, and generally mingle with their colleagues. As of last year, however, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has forced companies hosting these events to quickly reconsider their approaches.
Some, like Microsoft and Apple, quickly turned to informative online matters that include sessions, demos and chats throughout the day. (For what it’s worth, Apple announced this week that its own worldwide developer conference will also continue as an online event from June 7 to 11.) Meanwhile, Google has not yet confirmed whether it plans to host its Google I / O developer. conference at all this year – the company canceled the show completely in 2020, but said last month that it plans to host a version of its annual Google Cloud Next event in October.
Between an increase in COVID-19 vaccine production and news of relaxed restrictions for vaccinated travelers, Build 2021 may well be the last purely virtual developer conference Microsoft will ever have to hold. With success, the devs will continue their pilgrimages to Seattle next year, and who knows – maybe the little emotional support horses from Build 2018 will also reappear.