It’s official. Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference is in Seattle again this year, and will go head-to-head with Google’s I/O developer show.
Microsoft’s first major conference of 2018 — its Build 2018 developers conference — will be back in Seattle this year, from May 7 to May 9.
Microsoft held Build in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center last May after hosting the event in San Francisco for the previous several years. Before last year, Microsoft had held Build in Seattle once previously — a rainy November 2012.
The current Build 2018 page does not specify exactly where in Seattle the show will be held.
Update: But the Build registration page does: Build 2018 will be at the Washington State Convention Center again.
Twitter user The Walking Cat (@h0x0d) posted on Feb. 6 a slide with the alleged new Build dates. I asked Microsoft officials to confirm — but they would not. However, the updated Build 2018 page is live now. So, it’s official that The Cat was right again. (Thanks to Rich Woods from Neowin for the tip-off.)
Google’s annual I/O developer conference is scheduled for May 8 to May 10 in Mountain View, Calif., this year. Rumors have been swirling that Microsoft was planning to host Build that same week.
As customary, Microsoft isn’t expected to share any information on the planned topics to be covered at this point. Build 2018 registration will open Feb. 15. Once registration opens, developers will be able to go to https://build.microsoft.com to register. The full conference pass is going for $2,495.