The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the West last February brought with it a long list of major technological events already scheduled (some about to be inaugurated) such as the MWC in Spain, Google’s I/O or Facebook’s F8.
But precisely the Microsoft Build 2020, one of the great annual events for developers, was one of the events that announced that it would try to reformulate its proposal so that all those interested could follow its conferences online.
In fact, Microsoft announced to its partners at the beginning of April that it had decided to convert all the internal and external events it had scheduled until July… of 2021 into digital ones. Thus, Inspire (in summer) and Ignite (in autumn) will be the next events of those in Redmond that will be switched entirely to digital.
Following a dress rehearsal for the online media presentation of the new features of MS Edge, Microsoft has announced that it will begin accepting registrations for its first 100% digital Build, scheduled for May 19-21.
Two of the first consequences of this change in format are that the event will become free, and that it will focus even more on developers, leaving more aside the end users of Microsoft’s large consumer products.
In addition, the scope of interaction will inevitably cease to be personal and move to Twitter, although journalists will be able to see how the usual press room becomes a virtual space in Microsoft Teams.