Good morning from the 2014 Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco!
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:17:03 PM
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:17:24 PM
Roger Cheng, executive editor of CNET News, here with the team to bring you all the live updates from the Build conference.
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:17:35 PM
We are sitting here listening to a killer DJ dropping some very heavy beats for 8:17 in the morning. But it is a great way to get the adrenaline up this morning.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:17:48 PM
This year, Build is held in San Francisco's Moscone Center.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:17:57 PM
That music is pumping. Are we pumped up? You bet?
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:18:02 PM
James Martin4/2/2014 3:18:20 PM
Kent German4/2/2014 3:18:28 PM
Welcome, all. Our live live bloggers Tim Stevens and Roger Cheng have taken theirs seats. Note than we're in for a 3-hour ride through this keynote, but CNET will be hanging with you through it all.
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:18:37 PM
My name is Tim Stevens. I'm editor at large here. Roger and I will be doing our damndest to bring you the news as it happens over this epic three hour liveblog.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:18:43 PM
So Microsoft has been nice enough to hook up the press area with power and ethernet, so there shouldn't be any hiccups with our three-hour live blog.
James Martin4/2/2014 3:18:55 PM
Kent German4/2/2014 3:19:00 PM
Also on the ground are Sarah Mitroff and Charles Cooper with James Martin bringing you photos.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:19:15 PM
By the way, reviews editor Sarah Mitroff is here next to me, and photographer James Martin is at the end shooting. Editor Charles Cooper is on his way.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:19:25 PM
Whoops, sorry Kent.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:19:46 PM
The folks are still filing in, so we've got a bit of time until this thing kicks off. The official start time is 8:30 am PT.
James Martin4/2/2014 3:20:26 PM
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:20:36 PM
So what are we expecting? Well, Microsoft gave us a preview of Windows Phone 8.1 at Mobile World Congress. The company has also been teasing us with an update to Windows 8.1.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:21:34 PM
At Mobile World Congress, one of the themes pushed by Microsoft is the notion of getting Windows Phone on more devices and in more markets, which means more affordable phones.
James Martin4/2/2014 3:22:11 PM
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:22:31 PM
We're in the Moscone Center, as per usual for SF tech events. We're in the large keynote area, which is full of chairs of course. Developers are filtering in slowly and the journalists are trying to find their Ethernet adapters.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:23:05 PM
I'm hoping to see some smartphones today, and I don't think I'll be disappointed.
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:23:32 PM
The screens are talking up various aspects of Windows and other Microsoft products, including Xbox One, Skype, and, most exciting, SQL Server.
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:23:35 PM
Up front our DJ is still spinning like mad, surrounded by a huge array of displays, mostly blue.
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:23:42 PM
By the way, when was the last time you rebuilt your indexes? Now might be a good time. You have seven minutes before we begin.
James Martin4/2/2014 3:23:44 PM
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:24:01 PM
I bumped into Nokia sales and product executive Chris Weber outside of the conference, and he said Stephen Elop, head of Nokia's devices and services business, would have a role at this keynote.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:24:34 PM
By the way, Nokia will hold its own press conference today at 5 p.m. PT. We'll be there to live-blog, of course.
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:24:45 PM
Did you know Microsoft Dynamics powers 7 of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies? Now you do.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:24:51 PM
Ah, CNET News editor Charles Cooper is in the house, and hooked up! The whole gang's here!
Karan4/2/2014 3:25:09 PM
are we expecting windows 9?
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:25:15 PM
Did you know Microsoft is committed to achieving carbon neutrality? Now you do.
James Martin4/2/2014 3:25:27 PM
Sarah Mitroff4/2/2014 3:25:32 PM
They tried to close the doors on me while I got water, got to keep our team hydrated for this 3-hour keynote!
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:25:50 PM
Did you know sometimes a quick call is easier than crafting the perfect email? Okay...now they're stretching with these things.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:26:33 PM
@Karan: Perhaps a tease? I wouldn't expect to see too much on Windows 9. The focus will be on the update to Windows 8.1.
Jared Q4/2/2014 3:27:00 PM
I think today will be a disappointment. I would like to see a mini version of the surface pro with lte and digitizer.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:27:11 PM
I hope this DJ is working tonight's Build party. He's rocking it...and doing a good job of killing time. Supposedly, three minutes left.
Tim Stevens4/2/2014 3:27:22 PM
Okay, predictions! @jakecosenza: thinks we'll see an 82 megapixel Lumia 2040. I think we will indeed 82 megapixel smartphones... likely in the year 2040.
lifeafter54/2/2014 3:27:23 PM
Wow heavy beats and news to come out
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:28:57 PM
82 megapixel camera?? I love the idea. We probably won't be seeing that though.
James Martin4/2/2014 3:29:03 PM
Sarah Mitroff4/2/2014 3:29:34 PM
I don't know what I'd even do with 82 megapixels.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:29:43 PM
So the center stage is flanked three giant screens on each side, displaying the DJ and other information on the Build conference.
Roger Cheng4/2/2014 3:30:13 PM
There's certainly a clubby vibe with all of the colorful spotlights beaming around.