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April 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

At Microsoft’s Build conference, some see new openness to open source and cross platform

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times April 4, 2014.]

SAN FRANCISCO ­ — Though Satya Nadella did not appear during the keynote on the second day of Build, a certain spirit of openness some attribute to the new Microsoft CEO seemed to pervade the announcements.

On Thursday, in a keynote centered on advancements in the company’s tools and cloud services for developers, the executives onstage at the annual conference also made sure to emphasize the cross-platform capabilities of its offerings and even made open source one of its largest pieces of code.

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April 3, 2014 at 5:41 AM

The promise of universal Windows apps

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times April 3, 2014.]

SAN FRANCISCO — While Microsoft has dominated in a world ruled by PCs, it has lagged far behind in the smartphone and tablet battles.

Part of the problem has been many developers haven’t wanted to devote resources to creating apps for platforms in distant third place behind Apple and Google.

But, in a vicious cycle, the lack of apps is likely one reason customers have stayed away from Microsoft’s tablets and smartphones.

Wednesday, the first day of Microsoft’s annual Build conference for independent developers, the company took a big step toward solving that dilemma — and toward a more cohesive, unified experience for those who use a range of Microsoft-powered devices.

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March 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM

At Build, Nadella to talk about where Windows fits into “mobile first, cloud first” Microsoft

[Microsoft's annual Build developers conference starts this Wednesday. Here's my story running in the print edition of The Seattle Times today on what can be expected there.

Also, Microsoft this morning released the list of sessions at Build. It can be found here.]

Even as Microsoft last week launched Office for iPad, and new CEO Satya Nadella talked about delivering great apps that run across different platforms, he reassured listeners that, still, “Windows is a massive agenda for us.”

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December 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Microsoft sets April 2-4 in San Francisco for Build conference

Build, Microsoft’s annual conference for third-party developers, will take place this year at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from April 2-4. Registration opens at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. PT on the Build website. There’s a blog post — though not many more details about the lineup — from Steve Guggenheimer,…

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June 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Microsoft’s Build day 2 keynote to emphasize cloud, businesses [liveblog]

SAN FRANCISCO — I’m at the Moscone Center for day 2 of Build, Microsoft’s big annual conference for independent, third-party developers. I’ll be liveblogging the keynote, which is scheduled to start a 9 a.m. Today’s keynote is supposed to cover: Windows Azure, cloud for business, rich Office 365 extensibility, enterprise grade SaaS integration, tools.

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June 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Here’s some of what Microsoft has in store for Build

[Build, Microsoft's annual conference for independent, third-party developers, starts Wednesday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I'll be reporting from there here at this blog and on seattletimes.com. 

In the meantime, here's my preview of some of what Microsoft will be talking about at Build, as well as what some developers are hoping to see/hear.]

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer & Platform Evangelism group

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism group

Unlike the previous two years at the Build conference, there is no radical new operating system to be introduced or launched.

Rather, at this year’s Build, Microsoft’s annual conference for third-party developers Wednesday through Friday at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the focus will be on an updated version of that operating system — called Windows 8.1 — as well as the road map for other Microsoft products and services.

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March 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Microsoft Build developer conference to take place June 26-28 in San Francisco

Microsoft has announced the dates for this year’s Build conference: June 26-28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Build is Microsoft’s annual conference for third-party developers where the company talks about its progress and roadmap for products and services such as Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure and Visual Studio, and what it means for…

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