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Liveblog: Microsoft Build 2014 Keynote Address

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Liveblog: Microsoft Build 2014 Keynote Address

Microsoft’s Build conference does not always incite a lot of enthusiasm for the mobile market. This year will be different. Not only will Microsoft announce Windows Phone 8.1, but it will essentially launch it to market as well with the possibility of commercial availability as early as this month for new devices, and existing devices may also begin receiving update notices.

This Keynote address will run at least 3 hours, and we are anticipating a full plate of goodies all the way through, from subtle enhancements to Windows, to seeing some hardware rear its head, a grand parade for Windows Phone, and who knows, a peek at a Surface mini?

We will bring everything to you we can here in San Francisco. Keep a browser window open just for us. The Microsoft Build 2014 Keynote begins at 8:30am PT | 10:30am CT | 11:30am ET | 4:30pm GMT!

Live event tracker

13:30Keep checking back at PhoneArena.com for more from Build 2014! #bldwin
13:30That's a wrap folks! We are going to head to the equipment lounge and look for some hands-on opportunities. #bldwin
13:29Now we are getting ready to wrap things up. #bldwin
13:28The vision for Microsoft is to thrive in the "mobile first, cloud first" world. #bldwin
13:25Asked about latency, a critical issue with more cloud-centric apps and services. MS has invested $15 billion+ to manage. #bldwin
13:23Now, asked about streamlining APIs for developers. It is a very big focus for Microsoft. #bldwin
13:20Asked about the next generation UX right now it's touch, Nadella sees speech as the biggest push. But it will all depend on context. #bldwin
13:16These "selected" questions are perhaps a little too "selected"...Q: What is Microsoft doing with tablets? Really?
13:14Asked about being able to port apps across different OS platforms. Nadella wants developers to leverage what they build. #bldwin
13:10Mr. Nadella will go over some developer questions that have been collected by the Microsoft team. #bldwin
13:07Microsoft's third CEO. #bldwin
13:07Next speaker up: Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
13:06These new Lumias are the "beginning of a new portfolio" of Lumia devices. #bldwin
13:04Availability begins in May, US availability around July. $130, $160, $189 for the 3G single SIM, dual SIM and LTE devices.
13:03Lumia 630, 635, Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core CPU. Great entry point device. First devices sold with Windows Phone 8.1 out of box.
13:01A new feature is being introduced, Sensor Core, tracks movement, walking, health related data. #bldwin
12:59You can specify which SIM to use when calling an individual contact. #bldwin
12:58The 630 is a 3G device with either one SIM or dual SIM. The 635 is a 4G LTE device. #bldwin.
12:57Lumia 630 and Lumia 635. #bldwin
12:56Here is the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635. #bldwin
12:56That is going to be big disappointment for those that wanted an Icon like device but did not have Verizon service. #bldwin
12:55Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2.2GHz. "Built for speed." Global rollout starting this summer, no announced plans for US sale. #bldwin
12:53So far, specs are on par for what we've expected, 20MP camera, four dynamic range microphones, 5-inch screen, full HD. #bldwin
12:51Creative Studio being updated with the new Nokias and Windows Phone 8.1 #bldwin
12:50Lumia 930 is official. #bldwin Wireless changing built in.
12:49Here's the Lumia 930.
12:48Lumia 1520 in green
12:47All Lumia devices will get the Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade. #bldwin
12:46Nokia is here! #bldwin
12:45Next speaker, from Nokia, Stephen @selop
12:45"As devices get smaller, the cloud gets bigger." #bldwin
12:43When Windows for the "Internet of Things" becomes available, Windows will be $0, licensing to develoers, OEMS.
12:41Universal apps will scale to the desktop too and the tiles are integrated into a new start menu. #bldwin
12:39Joe's piano dance. #bldwin @joebelfiore
12:38Joe Belfiore just danced across stage on a make-shift floor piano, powered by Windows. #bldwin
12:37Here's a blast from the past... A telnet session into a demo on stage. #bldwin Telnet.
12:34Here comes Windows to just about everything. #bldwin
12:32DirectX12 brings the same graphics platform for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. #bldwin from the most inexpensive Nokia to the PC.
12:31Kinect, and these cameras will become pervasive. #bldwin
12:28Kinect for Windows v.2 will bring motion interaction to everyday work and interaction. #bldwin
12:26This will work with Kinect too. #bldwin.
12:25Now we're getting the code work involved. Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox. #bldwin
12:23Universal apps include Xbox. #bldwin
12:22These are things that are not coming soon... But they are coming. #bldwin
12:21Back to Terry Myerson, and here comes the roadmap. #bldwin
12:21The developer tools part of the Keynote is done, next is "the good stuff." #bldwin
12:17WebGL is part of the game too, allowing some impressive action on the phone. #bldwin
12:15Committed to high-performance HTML engine that works across all platforms. #bldwin
12:14IE 11 now supports inline video playback on the phone. #bldwin
12:12This will be interesting: Make Cross-platform easier and more capable. #bldwin

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:06 1

1. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


C'mon Microsoft, why you're lazy to develop WP to become a mature OS? Don't dissapoint me this time or I will ditch my L620.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:13 1

2. tech2 (Posts: 2464; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Better late then never.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:29 1

8. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


An announcement that is going to take 3 hours? I don't know how that's gonna dissapoint :)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:05

10. adecvat (Posts: 139; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


You probably should ditch L620, it will support only few features from 8.1

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:05 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6327; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I see that the NSA is in attendance...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:19

11. tech2 (Posts: 2464; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol....Good 1

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:22

12. papss (unregistered)


They just left their permanent home at Google

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:00

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


actually they move from one office to the other, its like that annoying friend who goes to your house eats your food and leaves

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:35

13. Hatshipuh (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Am I the only one to think of 4chan when I see that /b?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:38

14. ihavenoname (Posts: 1522; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Anybody else thinking that Belfiore is annoying?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:38

15. chandancherry (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


Giving license to Micromax in India is a good move!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:39

16. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Correction: 3:30 GMT. Really looking forward to WP updates.

Edit: Crap. No correction. My country doesn't follow DST.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:45

18. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Do the math please. And just asking. Ur a apple hater. U hate wp too?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:44

21. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


No. I like WP a little bit, because of Nokia. I have used Lumia 820, I liked it.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:41

17. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Micromax WP? Lol!! I guess they don't know that Micromax doesn't have any kind of After Sales Services....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:35

20. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


One request. Fix bluetooth pairing/streaming to headsets on Windows 8.1 because it doesnt work..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:47

22. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


good now thats what i Call open choice choose the programing language yepee!

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