Build (developer conference)

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Microsoft Build Developers Conference
Microsoft BUILD Conf logo.svg
VenueAnaheim Convention Center, Microsoft Campus, Moscone Center, Washington State Convention Center
Location(s)Anaheim, California, Redmond, Washington, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington
FoundedSeptember 2011; 7 years ago (2011-09)
Most recentMay 7–9, 2018
Next eventMay 6–8, 2019
Organized byMicrosoft
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 The attendee price was (US)$2,195 in 2016, up from $2,095 in 2015.[1] It has sold out quickly, within one minute of the registration site opening in 2016.


The event has been held at a large Convention center, or purpose-built meeting space on the Microsoft Campus. The Keynote on the first day has been led by the Microsoft CEO addressing the press and developers. It has been the place to announce the general technology milestones for developers. There are breakout sessions conducted by engineers and program managers, most often Microsoft employees representing their particular initiatives. The keynote on the second day often includes deeper dives into technology. Thousands of developers and technologists from all over the world attend.



Build 2011 was held from September 13 to September 16, 2011 in Anaheim, California.[2] 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.[3]


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.[4]


Build 2013 was held from June 26 to June 28, 2013 at the Moscone Center (North and South) in San Francisco.[5] The conference was primarily used to unveil the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8.[6][7] 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.[8]


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.[9][10] Build attendees received a free Xbox One and a $500 Microsoft Store gift card.[11]



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[12][13] with an unspecified number of attendees. Build attendees received a free HP Spectre x360 ultrabook.[14]



Build 2016 was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 30 to April 1, 2016. The price was $2195, an increase of $100 compared to the previous year.[16] The conference was sold out in 1 minute. Unlike previous years, there were no hardware gifts for attendees.[17]



The 2017 Build conference took place at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle, Washington from May 10 to May 12, 2017. It had been at Moscone Center for the previous four years. However, Moscone center is undergoing renovations from April through August 2017.[20] The Seattle location brought the conference close to the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The price remained at $2195 for the 2017 conference. There were no devices given away at this conference to attendees.


  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • WSL: Fedora and SUSE support
  • Xamarin Live Player
  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
  • Microsoft Fluent Design System


The 2018 Build conference took place at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle, Washington May 7 to May 9, 2018. The price has increased $300 to $2495 for the 2018 conference.


  • .Net
    • .Net Core 3
    • ML.Net
  • Azure
    • Azure CDN
    • Azure Confidential Computing
    • Azure Database Migration Service
    • Azure Maps
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Store: increased developer revenue share (95%; Non-Game App via deeplink only)
  • Visual Studio
    • App Center
    • IntelliCode
    • Live Share
  • Windows 10 Redstone 5
    • Sets
    • Cloud Clipboard
    • NotePad: Unix/Linux EOL support
  • Xamarin
    • Hyper-V Android Emulator
    • Automatic iOS Device Provisioning
    • Xamarin.Forms 3.0


The 2019 Build conference will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle, Washington from May 6 to May 8, 2019 plus optional post-event learning activities on next two days. The price has decreased $100 to $2395 for the 2019 conference. Registration started on February 27.

Attendee Party Venues[edit]

  • 2011 The Grove
  • 2012 Seattle Armory
  • 2013 Pier 48
  • 2014 AMC Metreon
  • 2015 AMC Metreon
  • 2016 Block Party Yerba Ln
  • 2017 CentryLink Field
  • 2018 Museum of Pop Culture / Chihuly Garden and Glass

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Warren, Tom - Microsoft's Build conference sold out in one minute. The Verge, January 19, 2016
  2. ^ "BUILD2011 Channel 9". Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Samsung tablets running Windows 8 Developer Preview given out at Build". The Verge. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  4. ^ Build Conference 2012 Giveaway
  5. ^ "Announcing Build 2013". Microsoft. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Microsoft officially acknowledges Windows Blue". PC World. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Windows Keeps Getting Better". Microsoft. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ Weir, Andy. "BUILD 2013: Attendees get 8-in Acer Iconia W3 tablet [Update: ...and a Surface Pro!]". Neowin. Neowin, LLC. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Warren, Tom. "Microsoft schedules BUILD 2014 developer conference for April 2nd". The Verge. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Microsoft treats Build 2014 attendees to an Xbox One and a $500 Microsoft Store gift card". Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Microsoft announces BUILD 2015 for April 29-May 1, kicks off new Ignite enterprise conference". Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  13. ^ "Microsoft's Build conference sold out in one hour". Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  14. ^ "Microsoft Makes Its Case to Developers at Build Conference in San Francisco (Liveblog)". Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Get ready for Microsoft HoloLens at Build, Microsoft's premier developer conference". Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Microsoft's Build conference sold out in 1 minute". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  17. ^ "Microsoft Build 2016 sells out". Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  18. ^ Friedman, Nat (31 March 2016). "Xamarin for Everyone". Xamarin Blog.
  19. ^ "Remoted iOS Simulator (for Windows)". Xamarin Developer Guides.
  20. ^ Moscone Expansion FAQ retrieved June 2017 -Moscone North and South will be closed April–August 2017. Moscone West will remain open and is fully booked.

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