How to watch Microsoft's Build 2020 stream with 100,000 attendees

How to watch Microsoft’s Build 2020 stream with 100,000 attendees

The biggest Microsoft event of the year is upon us, and this time it’s more important than ever. Because, coronavirus – you know the exercise. Microsoft canceled all of its events in person until July 2021. Build 2020 was scheduled to take place in Seattle May 19-21, but instead will be held online May 19-20. Anyone from anywhere with an Internet connection can join. And they appear en masse.

“Over 100,000 people have signed up to participate in Build 2020,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “This number is for attendees only – it does not include Microsoft employees, and attendees are not just developers.” Build 2019 saw 6000 participants registered. That’s the power of a free virtual event (a Build 2020 ticket was supposed to be $ 2,395, like last year).

Although Microsoft hosts many events throughout the year, including Microsoft Inspire for partners and Microsoft Ignite for business leaders, Build is the largest and most important. The event attracts developers from around the world and is always full of news. Typically, Microsoft also uses the event to talk about its overall strategy for the year. Not this time. Build 2020 will be more developer-centric than ever. The official description for Microsoft Build 2020 reads as follows:

It is a different type of Microsoft Build delivered in a new way. The presentation of a digital event offers the developer community unique opportunities to come together for a truly global experience.

This year, we expect Microsoft to talk about AI, Azure, Bing, Edge, Microsoft 365, Windows 10, HoloLens, mixed reality, GitHub, Teams, Visual Studio, .NET and everything in between. There will also be some surprises, as is typical with such large conferences. Here is a summary of last year: Everything Microsoft announced at Build 2019.

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Build 2020 Livestream

You can broadcast the corporate developer conference here or watch via the integrated livestream below.

Instead of a speech on the first day and the sessions to follow, Microsoft is mixing things up this year. There are six key segments to watch:

  • Empower each developer – Satya Nadela. In this time of uncertainty, developers will play a central role in reinventing the world we live in and speeding up our path to recovery.
  • Every developer is welcome – Scott Hanselman, Kayla Cinnamon, Allison Buchholtz-Au, Maddy Leger. Hanselman calls a number of his friends to explore the modern development toolkit for every developer with GitHub, Visual Studio, Windows, and more.
  • Azure: Invent with purpose – Scott Guthrie, Julia White, Amanda Silver, Donovan Brown, Jeff Hollan, Rohan Kumar. Microsoft is unique in the industry and provides the most comprehensive toolkit and development platform in the world to support developers on their journey to building incredible cloud applications with Azure.
  • Create tools for the new way of working and learning – Rajesh Jha, Yina Arenas, Kevin Gallo. Join Rajesh Jha to discover how to leverage the global productivity cloud, leveraging Microsoft teams and new advanced features such as Microsoft Graph and Fluid Framework, to create innovative tools for work and distance learning.
  • The future of technology with Microsoft’s technical director – Kevin Scott, Peter Lee, Luis Vargas, Lila Tretikov. Kevin Scott and industry guests showcase emerging trends that are about to reshape software development and what’s possible with technology including AI, large-scale machine learning and the convergence of the physical worlds and digital.
  • Accelerate enterprise application development with Power Platform – James Phillips, Julie Strauss, Charles Lamanna, Kim Manis. Join James Phillips to see how the Power Platform complements existing development tools, dramatically accelerating application development.

Build 2020 program

Below is the full Pacific Time schedule. Sessions repeat themselves – this is on purpose because developers connect from different time zones. Some sessions are pre-recorded but others are live.

May 19, 2020

  • 8:00 am – Start of the Microsoft Build digital event
  • 8:20 am – Empowering each developer, with Satya Nadella
  • 8:40 am – Imagine Cup
  • 9:00 am – Every developer is welcome, with Scott Hanselman and his guests
  • 10:15 am – Azure: Invent with reason, with Scott Guthrie and his guests
  • 11:00 am – Building the tools of modern work, with Rajesh Jha and his guests
  • 12:30 p.m. – Digital sessions with live Q&A and community connections
  • 4:45 p.m. – Social Hour: mix, mix and celebrate
  • 5:20 pm – Empower each developer, with Satya Nadella
  • 5.40 p.m. – Imagine Cup
  • 6:00 p.m. – Every developer is welcome, with Scott Hanselman and his guests
  • 7:30 p.m. – Digital sessions with live Q&A and community connections

May 20, 2020

  • 12:15 am – Azure: Invent with purpose, with Scott Guthrie and guests
  • 1:00 am – New ways of working and learning, with Rajesh Jha and his guests
  • 2:00 am, digital sessions with live Q&A and community connections
  • 9:45 am – The future of technology, with Kevin Scott and guests
  • 10:30 a.m. – Ask Scott Guthrie, with Scott Guthrie
  • 11:30 am – Power Platform for developers, with James Phillips
  • 12:30 p.m. – Digital sessions with live Q&A and community connections
  • 6.30 p.m. – Social time: mix, mix and celebrate
  • 7:30 p.m. – The future of technology, with Kevin Scott and guests
  • 8:15 p.m. – Power Platform for developers, with James Phillips
  • 9:30 p.m. – Digital sessions with live Q&A and community connections

We will be covering Build 2020 live with additional reports and analysis as the event progresses. Follow us with Microsoft Build 2020 here and on Twitter: @VentureBeat.

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