Microsoft has set the date for its Build 2022 developer conference from May 24th to 26th and decided to make it all virtual for the third year in a row.
While Microsoft’s desktop operating system, Windows, is often the star of the show, Microsoft Build is the Redmond, Washington-based company’s chance to introduce updates to a wide range of software products, services, and development tools.
There is usually a theme as well. Microsoft Build 2021 was about tech transformation and the responsibility that technology has in shaping the future. Apart from “Designed for development” and “What’s next in tech”, the Microsoft Build website gives no indication of what to expect.
However, one change is outlined: market-specific experiences for France, Germany, Latin America and the UK. The FAQ goes into a bit more detail and explains:
“This year, experience market-specific content and connectivity for France, Germany, Japan, Latin America and the United Kingdom in regional spotlights. Microsoft Build Regional Spotlights include, but are not limited to: keynote analysis, trending news, and regional-specific topics to help you understand what’s new and what it means for you.”
What about Windows 12?
For consumers, this may be their first opportunity to learn about the next release of some of their favorite Microsoft products, including Windows, Office, and the Edge browser. Developers get updates on C++, C#, Azure, and Visual Studio. Microsoft sometimes adds trendsetting panels to cutting-edge technologies like HoloLens (version 3?) and digital twins.
What to expect from Windows There’s some speculation that we might be getting a first look at Windows 12. We know Windows 11 isn’t even a year old, but Microsoft’s platform update cadence could be accelerating. Also, anything Microsoft is showing us now will likely be no more than a cursory glance, with full launch of Windows 12 easily over a year away.
Even if we don’t see that, the multi-day event will be packed with Windows 11 innovations and future feature promises.
Free registration begins in late April, and TechRadar will provide full coverage in May.
- Even as Microsoft prepares to update us on everything new, it’s always working to make Windows better and more engaging for its 1.4 billion users.
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