May is traditionally a month of major developer conferences with Facebook F8, Google I / O and Microsoft Build is often built within the same two week period. But not this year. Now that F8 and I / O have been canceled in favor of online events, Microsoft is also surprisingly following this example and is canceling the personal element of Build, which was due to run from May 19-21, citing concerns about current Corona Virus events -Outbreak.
“The security of our community is a top priority. Considering the health security recommendations for the State of Washington, we will offer our annual Microsoft build event for developers as a digital event instead of a personal event, ”the company said in a statement to The Verge. “We look forward to bringing our developer ecosystem together in this new virtual format to learn, connect and program together. Stay tuned for more details. "
The announcement is not surprising. In fact, it was really just a question of when Microsoft would make the call, and the real surprise was how long it took Microsoft to make the call, especially given how badly the state of Washington was affected by the corona virus outbreak . At the moment, some districts of the US state of Washington have banned events involving more than 250 people. This ban should expire before the build.
It's worth noting that Microsoft hasn't updated the build homepage yet, and you can still buy a ticket. If I were you, I wouldn't do that. You'll get a refund, but it's not worth the effort.