Microsoft’s Build developer conference gets underway in San Francisco

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 02 April 2014
Microsoft’s Build developer conference gets underway in San Francisco

The Microsoft Build conference begins today in San Francisco, as developers from around the world head to California to see CEO Satya Nadella outline what lies ahead for the company.

Last year’s event saw Microsoft launch Windows 8.1, and rumours and discussions have been ongoing as to what the company could reveal at the 2014 event.

One thing that is almost certain to be revealed is the Windows 8.1 Update 1, news of which was accidentally leaked to the public last month.

The operating system update is expected to include user interface improvements, the return of shutdown to the Start screen and a more familiar task bar.

Strong rumours have also circulated about Nokia handsets being revealed at Build, thought to be the Lumia 630 and 930.

Windows Phone 8.1 is also expected to be announced in the first half of this year, with Build a potential platform for this. 

In keeping with the ‘One Microsoft’ message promoted by Nadella at last week’s Office for iPad app suite launch, plans for a ‘universal app store’ could be outlined, potentially merging both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Marketplace.

The Build 2014 conference begins later today with a keynote address at 8.30am PST.

OnWindows will cover the breaking news from the event throughout the week. Follow @OnWindows for more.

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