Showing posts with label BUILD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BUILD. Show all posts

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Microsoft Build Registration opens in 2 hours (1/22/2015, 9AM PST) [Update:Sold out in under 45 minutes]

You all know that Microsoft Build registration opens in just a couple hours right? 1/22/2015, 9AM PST? It's sold out quickly before (in hours, not minutes, so you don't need to punish your F5), if you want to go sign up as soon as you can. With yesterday's announcements, Build might sellout quickly.

Give Away Guess? HoloLens would be about the coolest thing to give away, ever...



Update 1/22/2015 @ 10:10AM PST:

Build has already sold out... Took under 45 minutes to sell out and given the performance of the registration site (why, why does them seem to be a year over year issue?) there were allot of people trying to get in. If you missed it, DO sign up for the waiting list. In the past, when it has sold out so fast, they added seats. And there's always those who cancel...

Anyway, see you there! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Connect(); Build, Ignite- It's Conference Announcement Time!

Somasegar’s blog - Chance to Connect(); on What’s Coming Next, November 12th and 13th

On November 12th, we'll be hosting an online developer event called Connect();Connect(); will be a chance to have a conversation with developers about what’s coming next for developer tools, developer services and application platforms across Microsoft. Check out the Connect(); event page for the agenda and other details.

Connect(); builds upon where we’ve been, and the work we’ve been doing over the last year.  As we prepare for next month’s event, I thought I would share a recap of some of the highlights from the last year.

Where We’ve Been

A year ago, we launched Visual Studio 2013 and announced the availability of Visual Studio Online.  Developers have been adopting both at a great rate with over 7 million downloads of VS2013 and over 1.7 million registered accounts in Visual Studio Online so far. 

Following through on our commitment to a faster release cadence....


Mobile developers today face a diverse device landscape, with Android, iOS and Windows device platforms, and a variety of device form factors.  With Visual Studio, we have been working to enable developers to target every mobile platform, sharing as much code and assets as possible.  With C# and Xamarin or JavaScript and the Cordova tools for Visual Studio (preview), ...


The cloud offers incredible flexibility and new approaches to application architectures and development practices.  Over the last year, we’ve broadened the Azure platform for all developers, with support for Windows and Linux, Chef and Puppet, SharePoint and Oracle, Java and PHP, and much more.  We’ve also talked about the next steps we are taking with .NET, including the open source ASP.NET vNext  and .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”) projects, as well as the .NET Foundation.  ...


Across every part of the software development industry, the one constant is the changing pace of application delivery.  With Visual Studio Online, we are bringing together a comprehensive suite of devops services to help developers embrace the agile and dev/ops trends, from...

What’s Next

Next month at Connect(); we’ll have a chance to talk about the next wave of innovation and releases across all of these areas.  The event will include updates from Scott Guthrie, Brian Harry, Scott Hanselman and myself, as well as deep dives by product team members on a broad array of new Microsoft developer tools and services. ...

BUILD 2015


The Official Microsoft Blog - Introducing Microsoft Ignite and our lineup of top conferences in 2015

Last July, we put the word out that Microsoft will host a unified enterprise technology conference in May. We told you it will bring together the best of previously individual events – the Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences – and then take it to the next level, based on what our customers and partners have asked for. Now, we have more to share.

Microsoft Ignite is May 4-8 in Chicago at McCormick Place. Satya Nadella will keynote and will be joined by technical and business leaders including Brad Anderson, Joe Belfiore, Dave Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Chris Jones, Julie Larson Green, Gurdeep Singh Pall and many others.

Ignite rounds out our schedule of key events for professional communities in the first half of 2015. We start with...


So it's Build 2015 4/29-5/1 then Ignite (fka TechEd+ a bunch of other conferences rolled into one), 5/4-5/8, i.e. back-to-back.

I'm thinking then that besides a bunch of very tired Microsoft employees, that most of the big reveals will be at BUILD. Win10 RTM? VS "14" Release? Xamarin/Unity purchase (hold over from last year, but a boy can dream... :). So announcements at BUILD but actual bit release the following week at Ignite? That way they keep the news cycle for two weeks? Hummmmm... (Remember this is a TOTAL WAG)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jon's Five['ish] Tips for catching up with Build (or any other Channel 9 event)

Jon Galloway - 5 Tricks for catching up on the Channel 9 event videos for Build 2014

Okay, you've had a week to digest all the video content from Build 2014? Done yet? Me, neither. Well, how about some tricks to make this easier?

I'd written up a few tips and tricks for catching up on Channel 9 event videos back in 2011, this is an update circa 2014.

Trick 1: Subscribe and watch at high speed in VLC

There are a lot of sessions, and watching even at 10% faster makes a difference. I think you'll be surprised at how, with a little practice, you can keep cranking the speed up and absorb the content at 2x or even faster. Note: Every time I tell people about high speed playback, people assume it's going to make the speakers sound like chipmunks. All of the high speed playback options I'm going to show are pitch corrected, so they don't raise the speakers' voices.

If you don't have VLC installed, I highly recommend it. It's lightweight and has a minimal interface, but is packed with codecs and advanced features when you need them. You can install via Chocolatey (cinst vlc), directly from, or from

Run VLC and pop into Playlist mode. You can do that from the View menu, hit Ctrl+L, or click on the Playlist icon at the bottom to do that.


Trick 2: Use high speed playback in the Channel 9 player

HTML5 video players in all the new browsers support high speed playback. Here's an example showing the Day 1 Keynote on the Channel 9 site; I've right clicked the video to bring up the context menu and I'm about to kick it up to 2x.


Trick 3: Subscribe to the MP3 feed on Windows Phone 8.1

One of my favorite sleeper features in Windows Phone 8.1 is support for high speed playback in the new Podcasts app. For this one, I wanted to add the MP3 URL for just the Build 2014 event:

But that's a bit long to type on the phone, so I made a special short URL:


[GD: There's no 4... doh!]

Trick 5: Downloading videos using a script

In the past, I've published some Powershell scripts for bulk downloading Channel 9 videos. Here' s one, updated for Build 2014. But don't run it just yet, because I think I've found a better options, which I'll show you next.


These will work for just about any Channel 9 Event too.

Another great tip (which we'll call #4 ;) is to use the Channel 9 Queue feature. Once you sign-in with a Channel 9 profile, you can add any Channel 9 video to your private queue. Your queue is also available via a RSS feed, so Jon's tips should work fine for it too. What's nice is that you can reorder your queue, which reorders your RSS feed...

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bug Me at Build!

Posts will be light this week, I'm at Build, attending sessions, networking, (cough... hung over from the parties... cough), etc.

If you're there and see me, please say Hi. Heck, I might even buy you a beer or three! :)

If you see this guy around, again, introduce yourself and lets geek for bit.


Won't be there? You can catch much of it streamed live, or the sessions 24-48 hours after they given. The live streams will be on the Channel 9 homepage, and the on-demand sessions,

Monday, March 24, 2014

Party like a Xamarin at Build...

Party with Xamarin & .NET at Build!

This year, we’ve partnered with the Microsoft .NET team to throw a super-party for Build 2014 attendees and the entire San Francisco developer community.  Join Nat, Miguel, and the Xamarin team for food, drinks, music, and fun.

First, get in touch with your inner super hero by taking the .NET Code Legion quiz.  Then, join us for the night as we celebrate .NET and mobile development.

When:  Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:30pm
Where:  Mezzanine — 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Feel free to bring along a sidekick—you don’t have to be a Build 2014 attendee to party with us.

If you’re attending the conference, make sure to visit us in the Build Exhibition hall at booth 301 or schedule time to meet with us one-on-one.  We’d love to learn more about your projects and how we can help.

Good timing on this. It starts right after the Welcome Reception, so there's no need to miss either. :)

I'll be there, so if you see this guy...


..please introduce yourself and say, "Hi" (I look scarier and more serious in this picture than I really am... no... really... um... really! ;)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Well I know where I'm going to be April 2-4th... BUILD 2014 Dates Officially Revealed

Neowin - Microsoft reveals BUILD 2014 conference for April 2-4 in San Francisco [Update]

Microsoft is getting ready once again to give developers a chance to go deep into Windows with the 2014 edition of its BUILD conference. This year's event was held in late June in San Francisco and it seems Microsoft liked the location so much, the 2014 BUILD conference will be held in the "City by the Bay" yet again.


Microsoft's news site shows  that the exact date for BUILD 2014 will be April 2-4 and it will be held at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. Registration for the event will begin on January 14th at noon Eastern time (9 am Pacific) so you have plenty of time to get your schedule all sorted out if you are interested in attending.


The Official Microsoft Blog - Mark your calendars: Announcing Build 2014

It seems like we were just gathered in San Francisco for Build 2013 and yet a lot has happened since that time. Windows 8.1 is in the hands of consumers and there is a great selection of new devices at all sizes and price points coming in time for the holidays. Last month, we released Xbox One and sold more than two million units in the first 18 days. And we continue to see the addition of great new apps, with differentiated user experiences, coming to the platform from top names such as Flipboard, Instagram, Waze, Vine and Mint alongside thousands of local apps growing every day.

The momentum just keeps building and that is why I’m so excited to announce our next developer conference, Build 2014, which will take place April 2 to April 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Save the date and mark your calendar for registration, which opens at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 14 at

As always, Build is a time to bring developers together to talk about our latest products, platform advances, tools and offerings, all of which come together to create unmatched apps and scenarios. With Windows, developers can create new experiences to reach hundreds of millions of devices on peoples’ desks, in their homes, in their pockets and in their living rooms. At this year’s event, we’ll talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Visual Studio and much more. ...

I'm hoping we hear about Windows 8.2 (or 9 or Threshold or whatever), Windows Phone 8.1, .Net 5, C#6, Xbox One Dev (and wouldn't some loving to WPF and Desktop Dev's be nice!). I really doubt we'll hear about a new VS. It's just too soon. I'm betting we'll hear about the next VS at TechEd 2014. [Update: Looks like I might have been wrong about the VS and Xbox One stuff, based on the official notice...]

Flying on April Fool's is going to be fun... :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Missed the session about C# 6/.Net 5 at Build? (Well there wasn't one, BUT Anders DID talk it up in this C9 Live Interview)

Smart Software - Anders On C# 6.0 at BUILD 2013

Anders Hejlsberg and Charles Torre talked about a future version of C#, version 6.0, at Windows Build 2013. (34:30)

Visual Studio 2013 is the minor release version in an annual major/minor release cycle. The version of .NET included in VS  2013 is 4.5.1 which is an in-place upgrade of version 4.5. Major changes are expected for Visual Studio 2014 and .NET 5.0.

C# 6.0 will feature an all new C#-based compiler based on Roslyn, which will be released with VS 2014. Roslyn is currently available as a community technology preview, which opens up new compiler services for third parties. The C# team aims to make Roslyn as close to the performance of the native compiler as possible (within a factor of 2 during development and better on release), and, in some cases, Roslyn already outperforms the native compiler due to a more modern immutable AST architecture that supports parallel compilation. The immutable AST architecture is detailed in a recently filed patent.



The transcription of the pertinent section by Wesner Moise is awesome. While I felt it s shame we didn't hear about much of the future future stuff (C#6, .Net 5, Roslyn, etc) this interview gives me hope that there at least will be such a release (not that I didn't think there wasn't [Is my boolean logic right?], but still it's good to hear it from none other than Anders himself...)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Getting a picture of the "Blue" Wave...

Redmond Recap - Approaching Build: What is the “Blue” wave?

This week will be quite a barrage of Microsoft-related information. TechEd Europe kicks off tomorrow in Madrid, and the Build conference will get rolling on Wednesday in San Fransisco. This blog post will put some of the agenda items in temporal perspective.

“Blue” was originally the rumored code name for the next update of Windows 8, later announced as Windows 8.1. But during the winter, the news broke that Blue will encompass a larger platform update spread over a period of time. With TechEd North America now behind us, we already know quite a few pieces of the puzzle, but is that all?

I don’t usually take part in speculation, but this post almost wrote itself as I oriented myself in preparation for all the information that will be released in Build. I hope the information contained herein will help the readers understand the conferences’ offerings in a broader perspective.

The following graphic shows what I hold important.


The “Services updates” is somewhat murky, but refers to alleged updates to services such as Skydrive, and others. It is fuzzy, but serves to remind that this is more than a set of service packs released in tandem.


This is a great pic of the coming "Blue" release cycle...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Robin's "So you're in San Francisco for Build? Stuff to do guide..."

RobinDotNet's Blog - Fun stuff to do if you’re in San Francisco for the BUILD conference

Is there any tourist-y stuff to do in San Francisco?


Any tech events going on around \\build?


How do I find the Microsoft office in San Francisco?


Is Rice-a-Roni really the San Francisco Treat they claim it is?



Nice guide for this coming week if you are going to Build...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Greg's //build bets - My total and complete WAG's about next week's //build event

These are my complete and total WAG's (Wild Ass Guesses) about what we might get, see and hear about at next week's //build (which I will be attending... ;)

First off the most important thing, //build swag:

XBox One (or certificate for one)

WAG Factor: 99%


  • I'm thinking that since I think this is the first time I've seen the Xbox mentioned on a //build or PDC announcement
  • That this is a new platform
  • That it's not backward compatible
  • The need for "apps" (not games, as the story there seems kind of anti-indie) and
  • It's x86 based
  • Parts of it are Win8 based

That they need to jump start Xbox Dev and since E3 is over, this is the place for that?

Windows 8 Phone (Maybe with choice of 920 or 928)

WAG Factor: 98%


  • They gave out a 920 last year, so giving another out would be kind of weird
  • No real excitement about Windows Phone 8 at this point

7" Surface RT (with Windows 8.1 on it)

WAG Factor: 90%


  • Get Windows 8.1 into the hands of dev's quickly and easily
  • Give them a new, fresh form factor to start dev's on
  • Because it would be an exciting announce at the keynote
  • Because I'd love to get one... ;)

11" Surface RT Pro (With Windows 8.1 and VS 2013)

WAG Factor: 50%


  • Get Windows 8.1 into the hands of Devs without them having to worry about installing it
  • Get VS2013 into Dev hands asap
  • Give's dev's everything they need to start building Win 8.1 apps on conference day 1
  • At the discount price offered at TechEd, seems like it would be viable for a //build giveaway
  • Would be a very exciting keynote announcement

In the end, I'm betting on this one...


Here's a laundry list of things I'm think we might hear about (or at least I would like to hear about)

  • Windows 8.1 (duh)
  • VS 2013 (duh)
  • Azure (duh)
  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • .Net 5.0 / C# 6 / VB 13
  • If not .Net 5, then a group or set of aux libraries. Kind of like .Net 3.0 was. Where the base is 4.5, but not assemblies are made available. (But I REALLY hope there's word about the future of the .Net Framework)
  • Something about WPF lives (Don't I wish)

The thing to remember is that this is a conference by the Windows business unit, not DevDiv. So I'm thinking to not expect TOO much about "dev" stuff. Lot's a Windows, platform, etc, etc...


In the end, I actually think this is going to be a very exciting and announcement filled //build. I think we're going to hear and see some cool stuff... (or so I hope anyway)

Enough for now... Sessions will be announced on Day 0. I'll try to do a "Greg's //build Picks" post then...

Monday, June 17, 2013

//build Windows Store App available

XAMLGeek - BUILD app for Windows Store

In Bluefragments we love to do fun stuff. For the last couple of weeks we have been working on a BUILD app for Windows Store.

We wanted to build an app that is great to navigate through the content of the BUILD 13 conference. At the same time it should work as an archive over the previous BUILD conferences allowing the user to watch recorded sessions and published slides and demos. Last week we published first version [GD: The link is currently borked... Just search the Windows Store for build and you'll see it...]. We have got a lot of great feedback and the next version in certification at the moment. We expect it to be public within a few days.

We’re working hard to finish our BUILD app for Windows Phone as well. First version will include the BUILD 13 program. Stay tuned!




While //build 2013 is still empty (since no sessions have been announced) you can still use this app to view 2011 and 2012 //build sessions...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

With yesterday's TechEd VS/TFS announcements, does that mean there's nothing new for //build? Nope! We've only heard "about half"...

Yesterday, right after the keynote, Brian Harry and Brian Keller had their Modern Application Lifecycle Management session. At the start of that session Brian Harry mentioned that we've only heard about half of the story only about the ALM stuff and that "we'll do a similarly large set of announcements" and "there's going to be allot of announcements". 

So stayed tuned folks!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Many events, lots of devices, one you and your new Channel 9 Events App

Channel 9 - Stay Connected with the Ch9 Events App

No matter what device you're bringing to TechEd this year, be sure to bring the Ch9 Events app with you!

Browse all the content of the conference, follow your schedule, and stay connected throughout the event.

Download Ch9 Events for Windows 8 | Windows Phone | iOS | Android

After creating your account in the app, link it to your Channel 9 account to enable synchronization of your personalized schedule.

Windows 8 Ch9 Events


View session, speakers, venue information (including maps) and more from Build, TechEd and other Microsoft events. Plan your session attendance with or without network access (once you’ve downloaded the session catalog, it is available offline!) and your schedule is kept in sync with the same schedule available online on Channel 9.


  • Build your agenda for various Microsoft Channel 9 Events such as TechEd and Build
  • Submit session feedback electronically
  • Get the latest event news
  • View the conference floor plans

Windows Phone 8 Ch9 Events


iTunes Ch9 Events


Google Play Ch9 Events


This also will support //build as soon as the sessions are announced. :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

BUILD Lumia 920's Get Protico

WPCentral - Portico update finally available to Lumia 920s from BUILD

About 2000 people attended the //BUILD/ developer conference this past fall in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft attracted attendees from all over the globe in an event that sold out in less than an hour when tickets went on sale in August. You were given a Surface RT, Lumia 920, and 100GB of SkyDrive as part of your $1600+ registration fee. Unfortunately for folks with those Lumia 920’s, you haven’t had early or timely access for the Portico update. At least until today.

If you find yourself in possession of a Lumia 920 from Build, you can check for an update to get Portico on the device. ...

I know this is a limited audience kind of post, but hey, there's at least 2000 of you that might find this good news... :)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

//build/ Retrospective #1 - Do your friends, co-workers, peers, strangers on the street know about Microsoft's Channel 9? You might be surprised who doesn't...

Now that I'm starting to decompress, and am back to work, from //build/ I want to try to document some of my personal thoughts, impressions, etc.

My first is that it seems Channel 9 (and all the fricken great content on it) isn't well known outside our dev bubble. Oh yeah, I know YOU all know about it, but have you checked with your somewhat less connected and news hungry co-workers and peers if they know about it? You might be surprised.

I'm in a very Microsoft shop right now, and while we only have a few dev's, we are solidly in the MS camp. And when I asked, "Did you watch any of //build/ on Channel 9?" I got blank looks. "You DO know about Channel 9, right?" Nope. They didn't. And I had that same experience in my last gig too. Very few people, many were dev's and IT's, hadn't heard about Channel 9 until I told them about it. I had always assumed that they knew about it already...

You all know what a must read/view resource Channel 9 and the //build/ stuff is. It's just too awesome to keep as our little dev secret. Share, share, share it my friends!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

//build/ 2012 Tip of the Day: Microsoft Library

I tweeted this earlier today, but just in case you misses that...

You've been in Building 92, have you seen the Microsoft Library there on the first floor and wondered if you, as a //build/ attendee, could go in? Yes, you can indeed! And it's awesome.

Imagine every tech/dev book that's been published in the last 10 years or so all available for you to browse and check out (though as an attendee you can't check-out check out, but you can read them there in the Library). Imagine work areas with power! Imagine peace and quite. Imagine a great view outside as you read or work... It's all here and more.

Oh... wait! That's now my secret hiding and working place and now you all know about it! DEL DEL DEL...

Oh well, I guess I can share... :)

Here's a few snaps (taken with my new //build/ Lumina 920 of course! :)


Monday, October 29, 2012

My //build/ Monday Schedule

Just a quick note about where you can find me this afternoon & evening (if you also happen to be there and all that... ;)

  • //build/ registration: 3pm to 4'ish
  • DXTREEME Party at //build/: 5 to 7'ish
  • Nokia & Windows Phone Team Dinner: 7:30 to 9'ish
  • Deep Fried Bytes //build/ party: 9 to 12'ish

If you're at any of these, say Hi! (Or ola or howdy or just buy me a beer... ;)

Al this social is going to either kill me or make me stronger (or both? :| )


That said, for everyone dealing with Sandy, my thoughts, fingers, eyes and legs are crossed for you...

The Channel 9 //build/ 2012 Event site/information is now live. See the available sessions, building your schedule, etc. Start your planning now!

Channel 9 - Build 2012




Time to start planning your //build/ sessions now! (Or if you're like me, over scheduling... but I guess I can on-demand those that I double/triple book  :)

//build/ Windows Phone app (with source) available

Burela's house-o-blog - Build 2012 conference app for Windows Phone

This year I was given the location of the Build 2012 data feed, and asked if I could help build the conference app for the Windows Phone.

You can download the Build 2012 conference application from the Windows Phone marketplace.

The source code is available on GitHub.

I took the TechEd Australia app that I created earlier in the year, and modified it for the Build data stream (you can read my post-mortem of building the TechEd app here)

The Build 2012 application has a few nice features:

  • Search for sessions by title, session code or abstract.
  • View the sessions by schedule slot.
  • View slides directly on your phone (once uploaded to Channel 9).
  • Watch the sessions directly on your phone (once uploaded to Channel 9).


Now if only I had a Windows Phone Device... (cough... hint...hint... Microsoft... cough  ;)