How to watch the Microsoft Build 2020 live stream

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Build 2020 is virtual this year with streaming sessions across two days.
  • The festivities kick off at 11 am ET (8 am PT) on May 19.
  • You can stream the opening keynote and all of the sessions from Microsoft's Build 2020 website (opens in new tab).

Microsoft's Build 2020 developer conference is going completely virtual this year, replacing the usual inperson event in Seattle. The festivities are set to start at 8 am PT (11 am ET) on May 19, and you'll be able to live stream all of the action.

To take part, you can head to Microsoft's official Build 2020 website (opens in new tab) to watch the opening keynote from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. On the first day, Microsoft is also expected to stream its Imagine Cup competition for student developers and some big announcements for Azure. You can catch the keynote address via the video embed below.

Of course, there will be hundreds of developer sessions to check out too. To watch those, you'll want to register for free at the Build 2020 website to get "full, interactive access to the digital event." If you want to get a head start on picking out sessions you want to watch, you can check out the full Build 2020 agenda (opens in new tab) for more.

We're expecting to hear a lot about everything from Azure, to mixed reality, Microsoft 365, and more throughout Build's 48 hours. Once the event is over, Microsoft says most sessions should be available on-demand as well.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • I remember when Build showcased new devices. I miss those days...
  • Are they not? 😫
  • Build was always a Dev conference. Surface was only a smart part because it got it's own event. Now Build is back to being what it's always ever been.
  • Yeah, Surface got its own event nowadays so they are not needed in Build anymore. I think what was often missing now is the Windows event, but likely due to pretty much nothing big new things in Windows 10 as of late except for Windows 10 X, except even that they haven't really talked about that much even the last Surface event when Windows 10 X was first revealed. Windows 10 X at this time of writing is pretty basic and alot of things still unfinished, which is why its delayed. Hopefully we will get a OS talked on next year Build or at least in next Surface event.
  • I remember when Build showcased new devices. I miss those days too. I guess Microsoft has given up on innovation.
  • Microsoft is a software company. Build has always been for developers. There is more to "innovation" than selling laptops. Everyone sells laptops.