It's a new world at Microsoft these days. The latest proof points: Company officials are talking about both the next wave of Windows releases (Blue) and the next Windows developer conference (Build 2013) in a timely manner.
First up is Build. The next Microsoft Build conference is happening June 26 to 28 in San Francisco. Registration for it will open on April 2 at 9 am PDT. According to Microsoft's Build site, early bird registration (for the first 500) will be $1,595. Full registration will be $2,095.
That seems like perfect timing if rumors about Windows Blue and its timing have been on the money (which they have, so far). Windows Blue could be ready for a preview build of some sort right around late June. Word is there would beand then release to manufacturing around August 2013.
(Update: The not-so-perfect part about the timing, as a couple readers have noted, is that Build 2013 is overlapping with TechEd Europe, which is June 25 to 28 in Madrid.)
There've been a lot of leaks about Blue -- including this past weekend's leak ofthat shows off some of the user interface changes coming to the next version of Windows. It's also known that , including Windows Phone Blue, several Windows Server Blue variants, and Blue versions of Windows apps and services like Skydrive and Outlook.com.
But the way we've known all this -- up until today -- has been thanks to leaks and tips. Now Micorosft officials are starting to tell the Blue story publicly, as a March 26 blog post from Corporate Communications Vice President Frank Shaw make clear.
Shaw's post reiterates a lot of what I've been trying to make clear in my posts about Blue, namely, that Blue is about more than a set of interrelated products that are timed to ship within a specific window (pun intended) of time. Blue is also significant because it signifies a move by Microsoft officials to turn Redmond into a devices and services company that is delivering updates in a more timely fashion.
"Our product groups are also taking a unified planning approach so people get what they want – all of their devices, apps and services working together wherever they are and for whatever they are doing," Shaw noted. (There's that , again.)
It should be an interesting Build this year, with plenty of new goodies to keep the (hopefully this time) less soggy developer masses busy.