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Build 2014

Build 2014 is Microsoft’s all-in-one developer conference that serves as a platform to publicize new programming tools, OS roadmaps, products and major company pronouncements. There are usually two keynotes, both by the CEO, that highlight consumer, enterprise and developer strategies.

For 2014, the conference will take place at the Moscone Center, April 2-4 in San Francisco, California. Developer tickets were $2095, but have since sold out. This will be the second year in a row for the even to take place at this location, though the date has changed from June to April, to better align with Microsoft product release cycles.

Microsoft is expected to announce and detail Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 Update 1 and future changes to the Xbox One. A smaller, Surface ‘Mini’ has also been rumored though so far unconfirmed, to be announced as well.

Below, you can find all of our related publications on this event. For 2013, see our Build 2013 coverage here.

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Microsoft is set to host a "Best of Build" event for those who reside in India who may have missed the massive event, which took place last month. If you're interested in Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, the company will have the event running from 7 May 2014 at 3:00pm (GMT+5:30) through 8 May 4:00pm, with a session per week on every Wednesday.

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This was a very busy week for all of us here at Windows Phone Central. We went up to San Francisco to attend Build 2014. There Microsoft officially announced Windows Phone 8.1, a new update to Windows 8.1, Windows on Devices and much more. Friday we snuck up to Petaluma, California to visit TWiT Studios for an in-studio taping of Windows Weekly 356. Daniel Rubino joined Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte for an episode to talk all about //BUILD/ and beer.

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One particularly interesting talk out of Build showcased Microsoft’s plan to bring Windows Phone into the car with a new embedded software concept. The idea here will be to project the data from the phone onto the dash display in a usable, safe format, but as you can see, a lot of the Windows visual style is retained. This is great, considering most embedded car system interfaces (Microsoft’s included) are pretty ugly.

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When it comes to video playback on Windows Phone, especially YouTube, things can get a little complicated. We won’t rehash the whole Google-Microsoft tiff over an official app again, but what we can share with you is some details about how Microsoft worked really hard on Windows Phone 8.1’s HTML5 video capability.

We recently spoke with a Microsoft Program Manager who worked on the IE 11 HTML5 audio/video features, including all the details of the modifications. They’re quite significant, and we’re confident that once you learn about them, you’ll be even more excited to pick up the 8.1 bits in the coming weeks.

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The Nokia Lumia 930 announced during Build is in many the perfect Lumia. There are just two features that are missing that may keep it from being the best Windows Phone on the market: no micro SD card and no Glance screen.

The lack of a micro SD card is perhaps not that bad, considering that the Lumia 930 ships with 32 GB of internal storage. Despite the grumbles in comments here about this missing feature, most regular people actually do quite fine with 32 GB. Glance though is a bit different. Much like the Lumia Icon on Verizon, the Lumia 930 will also not have Glance. It’s an odd omission, for sure.

Yesterday we sat down with Nokia though and were able to ask why that is. Here’s what we learned.

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