Microsoft Build 2013 Set for June 26-28 in San Francisco

Microsoft has announced that its Build 2013 developer conference will be held in San Francisco, June 26-28.

Microsoft has announced that its next developer conference, Build 2013, will take place June 26 through June 28 in San Francisco.

This will be the third Build event for Microsoft, which launched the conference in 2011 in Anaheim, Calif., as an event to prepare developers for Windows 8. Last year, Microsoft held the Build 2012 developer conference on its Redmond, Wash., campus. This year it will be held in San Francisco's Moscone Center.

"To make sure everyone knows what we're planning and can participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem, I'm pleased to announce and personally invite you to our next developer conference," wrote Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft's corporate vice president and chief evangelist in the Developer & Platform Evangelism group, in a March 26 blog post.

"At Build, we'll share updates and talk about what's next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more," Guggenheimer said. "Build is the path to creating and implementing your great ideas, and then differentiating them in the market."

Registration for Build 2013 will open here at 9 a.m. PDT on April 2, Guggenheimer said.

He also noted that Microsoft saw more than 100 million downloads from the Windows Store in the first two months after GA, the company crossed the 1 billion downloads mark in the Windows Phone Store, and Microsoft also saw a doubling of Windows Azure compute usage in just the last six months.

Added Guggenheimer:

"In the past year, we've introduced an assortment of new opportunities to build incredible apps and experiences on Windows, and developers all over the world have taken advantage of it. Just look at the last few weeks—we've seen great apps like Twitter on Windows 8 and Pandora on Windows Phone 8 as great examples of developers really taking advantage of the platform in a way that users love. But we're also seeing users increasingly expect their experiences on multiple screens, and Skulls of the Shogun is a great example of how Windows is the best place for developers to capitalize on the opportunity."

Taking Build to San Francisco brings Microsoft's developer focus to the Bay Area, where the company has launched major products recently—such as Windows Phone 8 last October—but it has been some time since Microsoft has held a developer event in the area.

At Build 2012 Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Phone 8 SDK, among other things. This year it is expected that Microsoft will begin preparing developers for its next wave of Windows releases, code-named "Blue."