updated 05:15 pm EDT, Tue August 2, 2011
Windows 8-focused Build conference now sold out
Microsoft's Windows 8 developer conference known as Build and planned for mid-September is now sold out, the website reveals. The four-day event also includes a pre-conference day and was first announced on June 1, taking about two months to sell out. In comparison, Apple's similar-focused WWDC 2011 event sold out in just hours.
Microsoft also isn't revealing its agenda for the event, which is posing a problem for the attendance numbers. Also unknown is the number of spots being offered at the conference, making a popularity comparison with the WWDC event difficult. Microsoft does have the larger developer base, however.
The website is rather ambiguous, and there are no session, speaker or keynote listings. The description simply promises a look at the Windows user interface, a new app model and a deeper integration with the web.
Build is said to replace Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference and Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in 2011. Whether it will be made into an annual event remains to be seen.
There will be multiple Build events at or near the same time in other countries. One-day events are planned in France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands.
At the conference, attendees are expected to get Windows 8 client and maybe Windows Server 8. It's unknown if these will be Community Technology Preview (CTP) or beta builds.
The earliest shipping target for the OS is sometime in April of next year, though this isn't official. [via ZDnet]