Microsoft may have announced the dates for its big 2015 BUILD developer conference earlier this week, but the company also revealed a smaller developer conference, Connect(), that will be held in just a few weeks on November 12 and 13.

While only a few hundred people will be physically invited to the event, Microsoft plans to stream the Connect() sessions online. On November 12, the conference will be held in New York City while Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington will be the site for the event on November 13.

In a blog post, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of its Developer Division Soma Somasegar listed the company's most recent software tool launches, including Visual Studio 2013 and the introduction of Visual Studio Online. He stated, 'Developers have been adopting both at a great rate with over 7 million downloads of VS2013 and over 1.7 million registered accounts in Visual Studio Online so far."

He also talked about how Microsoft has been trying to help developers create mobile apps that work with Windows Phone, Android and iOS platforms "sharing as much code and assets as possible." Finally, he wrote about the company's efforts to expand cloud-based software development as well as improving DevOps services.

Somasegar said that the Connect() conference will reveal Microsoft's "next wave of innovation and releases across all of these areas" adding that it will build "upon where we've been, and the work we've been doing over the last year." It's likely that the conference will offer more information on Microsoft's plans to expand developers tools to create universal apps that will work seamlessly with any devices that run the upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

Source: Microsoft, Connect() site