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Build Conference 2014 Sold Out

"Windows 9" preview is expected to be the highlight of the show.

Build 2014 is sold out.

Visitors to the Web site are seeing this now. A story on The Verge reports that the conference sold out in a little more than 24 hours. The Verge story has an update from Microsoft that confirmed the sellout, without giving specific registration numbers.

Registration opened Tuesday morning for the show, to be held at San Francisco's Moscone Center from April 2-4.

As is typical for Build, there's no agenda listed on the Web site. It's a safe bet, however, that much of the show's focus will be on the next version of Windows, expected to be called "Windows 9." Press rumors have speculated that the code-name is "Threshold."

It also appears from press accounts that there will be no preview versions of Windows 8.1's successor available at the show.

Build, which is Microsoft's primary developer conference, normally sells out quickly. Last year, though, a "technical error" on the Build Web site mistakenly told developers that registration had filled up in about three hours. The previous year, 2012, Build sold out in one hour.

One possible reason for the quick sell-outs is the incredible giveaways. At the 2012 Build show, attendees got a Surface RT tablet and Nokia Lumia 920 phone. At last year's event, attendees got a Surface Pro tablet and an Acer Iconia W3 tablet.

The first Build show was in 2011. It consolidated and replaced two other events: the Professional Developer's Conference, and MIX, which was a Web-focused development conference.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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