Build 2.0: Microsoft's Windows 8 developer conference is on for late October in Redmond

Summary:The rumors were right: There's another Build conference. It's this October, right after Windows 8 is made generally available.

Microsoft finally has gone public with details about its next big Windows developer conference.

Build 2012, a k a Build 2.0, will be held October 30 to November 2 in Redmond, Wash. Registration will open on August 8, 2012.

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I don't know when/whether Microsoft will publish a session list for this conference; officials decided against doing that with the first Build to maintain secrecy. But we do know Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Visual Studio 2012 are all supposed to be covered during the confab.

Microsoft definitely needs to pump up the developer interest and understanding of Windows 8, especially around its new WinRT framework and API set. While existing Win32 non-Metro-Style apps will be able to run on the Desktop on Intel-based Windows 8 machines, they won't be able to work on ARM-based devices. And they won't be able to be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. One Windows developer (@josefajardo) estimated that there could be as few as 1,200 Metro-Style Windows 8 apps available by launch.

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Microsoft officials said earlier this year that Microsoft would be replacing its Mix show with a new developer conference to be held in 2012. My tipsters have been saying for the past few months that this conference, Build 2.0, would be held in October.

Microsoft's first Build conference was held in Anaheim in September 2011.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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