Build 2014: what to expect from Microsoft's developer conference
11th Feb 2014 | 15:08
Could we see Windows 8.2? Or even Windows 9?
Microsoft has announced that Build 2014 will take place in San Francisco from April 2 - April 4, 2014. Registration has already sold out for interested developers.
During Build 2013, Microsoft officially launched Windows 8.1 and discussed the convergence of its various device platforms. Look for much more of the same at the next Build, where we're sure to get an earful on everything from the Xbox One to Windows Phone.
Microsoft should have quite a few tricks up its sleeve for this year's conference. In terms of phones, there are intriguing questions after recent acquisition of Nokia and we're also expecting Windows Phone 8.1 update for early this year.
Perhaps Windows 8.2, a.k.a. Threshold, will rear its head? Or could Microsoft abandon the debacle of Windows 8 altogether and give us Windows 9 instead? That's certainly been one of the recent rumours.
We know we're going to see Windows 8.1 Update 1 at some point soon, but the question is - when?
What's more, it's possible that we'll find out who Microsoft's new CEO is. Who will take the place of Steve Ballmer? And can they be anywhere near as charasmatic? Here are six candidates for Microsoft CEO.
A mini Surface?
There have also been rumours that a new Surface Mini or Surface 3 may pop up at the conference, which might debut alongside the updated operating system. TechRadar previously reported that the launch of a Surface Mini may have been held up because Microsoft had to draft in developers to help with the Xbox One.