Microsoft’s Coronavirus online edition of Build, which is scheduled to take place from May 19-21, will reportedly be free for all devs and enthusiasts to attend online, according to a tweet from The Verge’s Tom Warren:
Microsoft is making its Build developers conference free for any devs to attend online this year. Expect more details and registration this afternoon (PT). There will be a bigger dev focus this year, and the "keynotes" will be shorter. News will be a little lighter as a result.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 30, 2020
Warren reports that the event will have more of a developer focus, with less “news” and shorter keynotes.
Microsoft has done a good job in the past of presenting Build sessions and keynotes free to online viewers, so it’s not surprising that there won’t be any charge to attend online (in person attendees in the past have paid in the neighborhood of $2,000 for the 3-4 day conferences). We don’t know what the lineup will be yet, although we do know that there will be a couple of Windows Insider sessions, but Warren is promising more information coming “this afternoon (PT).” We’ll be keeping a close eye on developments surrounding Build 2020 and all things Microsoft, so stay tuned!
Update: as expected, Microsoft has updated their Build 2020 website with registration information and more. You can register for free at https://mybuild.microsoft.com/. The website now includes a number of videos from Satya Nadella, Scott Hanselman, Scott Guthrie, Julia White, and more. Well worth checking out for what the company is now touting as “a different kind of Microsoft Build delivered in a new way.”