Microsoft’s annual developer conference, Build 2018, is finally upon us. The keynote speech, delivered by CEO Satya Nadella, was yesterday, and day two is nearly upon us. The next opening keynote for day two starts at 8:30 a.m. PT today, Tuesday May 8. Here’s how you can catch it remotely.
Microsoft will be livestreaming a number of its sessions, including its day two keynote, which you can watch here — or via the embed below.
Yesterday’s keynote didn’t include any bombshell announcements, with most of the conversation surrounding Microsoft’s cloud platforms Azure and Microsoft 365. Great help for developers, but not the most interesting for the average person. However, today, we’re expecting more announcements surrounding consumer-focused platforms like Office and Windows — fingers crossed.
While we don’t know exactly what the keynote will cover, we do have some idea of what you’ll be able to catch at this year’s Microsoft Build conference. The sessions, which you’ll be able to watch online, cover a wide array of topics ranging from a basic explainer of blockchain technologies to more exotic fare. Bottom line, expect less Windows, more cloud.
“Learn how blockchains work, including how they use hashes, transactions, blocks, and proof-of-work consensus algorithms to build distributed ledgers,” the agenda states.
Microsoft is also emphasizing its Internet of Things products and development services at this year’s build, with a number of sessions featuring an intense focus on smart home devices, their development, and their applications.
“Microsoft offers a comprehensive set of platforms, cloud services, and solutions for building Internet of Things applications,” Microsoft states. “In this session, you’ll learn what’s available today, what’s coming soon, and what Microsoft’s vision is for the IoT of tomorrow.”
We’ll probably see a few interesting other developments out of this year’s Build conference. Last year, Microsoft promised to deliver not one but two feature updates for Windows 10 every year. This year’s Build will likely tease some of the features coming later this year.
There’s also some speculation that we might get some surprise announcements and see a sneak peek at Microsoft’s secretive “Andromeda” device. However, we aren’t holding our breath given the fairly low-key nature of yesterday’s announcements.