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Liveblog: Microsoft Build Conference Day 1

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Liveblog: Microsoft Build Conference Day 1
It's time for a Microsoft-ey liveblog, as the bad boy of the software industry is back with its annual Build conference for developers! But just because the conference is mainly targeted at devs doesn't mean that Microsoft won't release a few intriguing bits of information with regards to its Windows Phone and Windows platforms!

In fact, Microsoft has promised to share a little something about Windows, WP, Windows Azure, Internet Explorer, Office 365, Xbox and Visual Studio. Sure, not all of it will be of interest to us, but there's bound to be something to warm our smartphone- and tablet-loving hearts.

Stay with us for our liveblog of the Build conference's Day 1 keynote, if you want to learn all the details as they come. Set your calendars to alarm you at 12PM ET | 11AM CT | 10AM MT | 9AM PT | 4PM GMT | 6PM CET.

Live event tracker

12:51Thanks for following our live-blog guys. Ray S. signing off in 3... 2... 1...
12:51"I want you to leave with one thought - the future of Windows is very, very bright. Thank you!"
12:50"We appreciate your taking the time in joining us."
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12:47Ballmer is back, for the third time today.
12:47Sorry, it does look like you can create some pretty cool games using Project Spark, judging by the demos shown by MS.
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12:44It's very cool, but of course, you can't create anything serious with it.
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12:42Project Spark is a game that will let you, kind of, create your own games. It's like a super-streamlined game engine.
12:40Dave McCarthy from Microsoft Studios will do the demo for us.
12:40Before the true wrap-up, Bill says they'll demo an app (a game), Project Spark, that will utilize all the new Win 8.1 features to an extent.
12:39
12:38It looks like Build Day 2's keynote will focus on cloud services, Windows Azure and Office 365.
12:36It seems like he's wrapping things up.
12:35
12:35And the big man is back.
12:28The Bing Maps app in Windows 8.1. will bring 3D image data.
12:26
12:23Gurdeep Singh Pall from the Bing team is on stage to introduce us to the new things in... Bing.
12:18Wow, Microsoft is giving away a Surface Pro to all developers in the house!
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12:16Antoine is going through a line-up of Windows 8 notebooks and tablets.
12:15
12:13A new livestreaming API lets you stream a live video feed to another Windows 8.1 device.
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12:03Apps will get updated automatically in Windows 8.1. Welcome to 2013, Microsoft!
12:03Ray: By the way, Twitter is suggesting that I should follow Taylor Swift... Should I?
12:02
12:00"Microsoft has been a leader in support of web standards." Hold it right there, Antoine!
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11:57Ray: This guy's part of the keynote is all about devs. I can hardly get a thing.
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11:51Antoine Leblond from Microsoft is now on stage to talk about dev-centric improvements in WIn 8.1.
11:50Oh, no, Julie is going to demo PowerPoint on Windows RT. Is RT still alive?
11:49
11:48So, you can now open up the modern UI right from the Desktop UI, by clicking the Start button! Modern UI is practically your Start Menu.
11:46A new "hands-free" mode will let you use gestures to slide through various UIs without touching the screen.
11:44Basic picture editing will be built into Windows 8.1.
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11:40Xbox Music app has been upgraded with a Radio feature and a very cool playlist creation feature.
11:36Slide left-right across the spacebar to select the desired suggested word; slide up from letter to press the corresponding number instead.
11:35Microsoft has improved the on-screen keyboard in Windows 8.1 with a better auto-completion system.

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posted on 26 Jun 2013, 07:10 1

1. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


anyone know what nokia is presenting at//build/

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 07:40 1

2. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


....ummmm, NOTHING. i dont think nokia would be at microsofts build conference. they will present what they have at the EOS event

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 08:32 1

5. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


http://microsoft-news.com/build-session-list-finally-revealed/

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 09:38 2

8. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I see
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokias-board-requested-to-come-to-Finland-for-Wednesday-meeting-is-something-big-coming_id44387
maybe thats what they wanted to discuss. I still highly doubt they are going to reveal something, they are probably gonna demo new wp8 version on nokia devices. or it could be phablet...

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 10:59

10. akki20892 (Posts: 3623; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


don't get me that excite dude. lol

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 07:48 2

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4104; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It's a Microsoft event, not a Nokia event. Microsoft =/= Nokia

Nokia's event is July 11th I think.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 08:33 3

6. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


http://microsoft-news.com/build-session-list-finally-revealed/
nokia has two presentations

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 08:40 1

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4104; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Well excuse me, I stand corrected.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 07:46 6

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Hi Ray, hope this event will reduce your dislike towards MS/WP a little!

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 10:54

9. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Haha... see? Ray saying "To all Windows fans"

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 11:01

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3623; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


http://www2.mes-coloriages-preferes.com/Images/Large/Famous-characters-Troll-face-I-m-Watching-You-Meme-145237.png

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 11:27 1

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


For those who are interested, here is live video stream:
http://channel9.msdn.com

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 12:54

13. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


thanx

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 13:46

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No problem. :)

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