It’s offiical: There will be a second BUILD conference, and it’s happening right on the heels of Windows 8’s general availability in late October. BUILD 2012 as it’s called will be taking place on October 30th through November 2nd, this time in Microsoft’s home city of Redmond, Washington (it took place in Anaheim last year.)
So far, details — in the form of a session list — are sparse, and MJF is still uncertain on whether or not they will publish one this year, but she points out that Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Windows Phone, and Visual Studio 2012 will very likely be the primary topics of this year’s developer conference.
Given the importance of apps in the eyes of consumers when it comes to a platform, Microsoft certainly needs to do everything in their power to continue drumming up developer enthusiasm. Windows Developer Jose Fajardo estimated based on the current Windows Store app count that we may see roughly 1200 apps by the time Windows 8 launches. There’s more to it than quantity, of course; on top of rallying up just about everyone who even has a sliver of interest in developing for Windows, the company also has to work to bring more established developers — from other platforms even — to Windows.
So, if you’re a developer or enthusiast, get ready; BUILD 2012 registration opens on August 8th.