Build is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone and Windows 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 around Microsoft technology such as Silverlight and It replaced the MIX Conference of which it was held for 5 years from 2006 to 2011.



Build 2012 was held at the Microsoft Campus at Reading. The 2012 edition recently focused on the development of Windows 8 beginning October 2012. Attendees received a Surface RT tablet with Touch Cover, a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.


Build 2013 received much news because of Windows 8 development. Each attendee received a Surface Pro with a Touch Cover, Acer Iconia W3 (the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet) with a Bluetooth keyboard and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.


Build 2014 will be held once again at the Moscone Center 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.


  • Windows Display Driver Model 2.0 and DirectX 12
  • Microsoft Cortana
  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 Spring Update
  • Windows free on all devices with a screen size of 9" or less and on IoT
  • .NET Native (Announcement, Product Page)
  • Bing Knowledge widget and app linking
  • Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC
  • Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RTM
  • TypeScript 1.0
  • .Net Foundation

2015 Edit

Build 2015 will be held at the Moscone Center 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[8][not in citation given] with an unspecified number of attendees. Other than that, Build 2015 is also located at Resorts World Sentosa Convention Centre.

Expected topics to include:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 (mobile)
  • HoloLens and Windows Holographic 
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