How to view the keynote and more

(Pocket Ribbon) – Most tech companies hold annual developer conferences, and Microsoft is no exception.

Microsoft spends a few days each year bringing developers, software engineers and IT professionals together with a developer conference called Microsoft Build.

During the multi-day event, the company typically announces updates to its services and platforms – be it Windows 11, Office 365 or the Azure cloud computing platform. While Build is usually hosted live in Seattle, the pandemic forced Microsoft to make the event completely virtual in 2020 and free to anyone who registers. The same goes for 2022.

Also read: A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

What is Microsoft Build?

Build is Microsoft’s annual developer conference. It usually starts in May. The first day will be live-streamed and feature the most consumer-oriented announcements, while the remaining days are for developers to attend training sessions (which can also be viewed online). For the past two years, Build has been a free, virtual event that ran over several days. For 2022, Build will again be a virtual affair.

When is build 2022?

Build 2022 begins today, Tuesday, May 24 and ends Thursday, May 26, 2022. The three-day show kicks off Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. UK time), with an opening keynote likely to be led by CEO Satya Nadella and other business leaders . This year, Microsoft said it will include “market-specific content” for France, Germany, Japan, Latin America and the UK.


Can you watch Build 2021 online?

Open keynote

The Day One keynote can be viewed at the top of this page.

Developer sessions

Developer sessions are available from Microsoft’s Build 2022 site here† To view them, Microsoft recommends that you register to “attend” Build here† (Registration is free and went live at the end of April.)

There is no cost to register for Microsoft Build. Typically, developers must pay an entrance fee of $2,395 to attend Build in person. But now they (and you!) can watch it all for free.

Last year, Microsoft had more than 300 sessions on its calendar. They were either live streamed or pre-recorded.

What to expect from Build 2022

At Build 2021, Microsoft teased Windows 11 and opened Microsoft Teams for apps, among other things. But those were the biggest consumer-facing announcements. This year, Microsoft expects the focus to remain on Windows. The company hasn’t suggested what it will announce yet, but hopefully when the developer session calendar goes live, we’ll hopefully have a better understanding.

You can watch the Build the keynote for 2021 hereif you care.

Want to know more?

Stay tuned to Pocket-lint’s Microsoft hub for what’s next at Build 2021.

Through Maggie Tillman
May 25, 2022

Written by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Rik Henderson.

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