Microsoft Build 2017 is happening on May 10th through 12th in Seattle and not in San Francisco like in previous years, and you can watch the keynote and sessions live from the comfort of your home (or office). Build is the biggest conference Microsoft holds every year for developers who work on Windows and related technologies.
On May 11th, Microsoft is expected to hold a keynote unveiling what to expect on Windows 10. The live stream will begin at 11:30am EST / 8:30am PDT, and you can watch the event at the Microsoft Build 2017 website.
You can always catch up on anything you missed on Channel9.
And you can also watch all the Microsoft technical sessions on-demand for this three-day event on Channel9 as well.
On May 10th, the software giant will be live streaming the keynote and all the sessions starting at 11am EST/8am PDT, and you can watch everything live at the Microsoft Build 2017 website.
Of course, if you miss anything, you’ll be able to catch up on all the Build 2017 sessions on Channel9.
You can also watch all the Microsoft technical sessions on-demand for this three-day event on Channel9 as well.
What to expect during Microsoft Build 2017
During the Microsoft Build 2017 developer conference, we’re expecting the company to set the stage and talk about the roadmap for the next year of Windows and cloud services. We may even see some hardware, but don’t expect anything big, such as a Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book 2 — this is a software event.
Here are a few things we’re expecting to hear from Microsoft:
- Windows 10 Redstone 3 upcoming features rolling out in September and official name.
- Project NEON is a new design language that focus on new visual elements and effects, including transparency, blur, smooth animations, and new iconography. It’s just a new way to make Windows 10 look prettier. Although we’ve already seen some elements of Project NEON in the test preview builds of Windows 10, Microsoft may give us a little more details on the plans for this new UI technology.
- CShell is a new approach to make the Windows and apps user interface adaptable across PCs, tablets, HoloLens, phones, and Xbox. While it’s unlikely, Microsoft may talk about this project.
- Tabbed Shell in another project Microsoft has been rumored to be working on, that brings tabs to File Explorer, and allows developers to bring tabs to their apps.
- Windows 10 S is a new version of Microsoft’s operating system that only runs Windows Store apps, and during Build 2017, we might hear more concrete details on how the company plans to get developers to bring app to the Store.
- Windows 10 S release date.
- Cortana Skill Set allows developers to integrate Cortana in their apps and IoT devices. This was announced last year, but during the developer conference, Microsoft may say when it’ll be available.
- Augmented and virtual reality is also expected to be present at Microsoft Build 2017. We already know that the company is investing heavily on mixed reality, and during the event, we’re likely to hear more details about this technology.
- Home Hub is another Microsoft project rumored to appear with the Redstone 3 update, which basically allows family members to control their family calendar, notes, and to-do lists from one central hub. Using Home Hub users will also be able to take control of other smart home devices, such as Hue bulbs, thermostat, and others. The company is reportedly working with partners to build new devices running Windows 10 Home Hub. It’s likely that we’ll hear more about Home Hub during the conference.
- Harman Kardon Invoke is a new device similar to Amazon’s Echo powered by Cortana that allows you to play your favorite music, manage calendars and activities, set reminders, check traffic, and deliver the latest news and much more. It also includes Skype integration, so you can make calls to cell phones, landlines and other Skype-enabled devices. In addition, you can voice control your compatible smart home devices to do things like turn off the lights or control the temperature similar to Home Hub on Windows 10. While the announcement has already made public, we may see a demo form Harman Kardon.
Other things we’ll hear from Microsoft at Build 2017, include bots coming to Bing, Azure, and Microsoft Edge getting separated from Windows 10. We’re likely to hear more on Office 365, and possibly, the company talk about the future of Windows 10 Mobile.
Originally published on May 9th, updated on May 11th.