The debut of Windows Blue? Microsoft announces details of Build developer conference

by David Needle

March 26 2013

What’s next for Windows 8? Developers are sure to get an early look at where Microsoft’s headed at its annual developer conference.

Microsoft just announced Build 2013 will take place in San Francisco, June 26-28 at the Moscone Center.

Rumors have already swirled this past week, complete with screenshots and video, of Windows Blue, the codename for the next update version of Windows 8. Among other features, Blue is expected to give users the ability to adjust the size of live tiles (small, medium or large) and other personalization features.

TabTimes columnist Ben Bajarin also reported recently that he expects Blue to be the first version of Windows 8 to support smaller tablet form factors (e.g. 7- and 8-inches).

In a blog post pitch for the conference, Microsoft's Corporate VP and Chief Evangelist for Developer & Platform Evangelism Steve Guggenheimer, said the company will share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio.

Guggenheimer said there were over 100 million downloads from the Windows Store in the first two months after its general availability. He said Microsoft also crossed the 1 billion downloads mark in the Windows Phone Store. 

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