How and where to watch Microsoft Build 2018

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The event is happening in Seattle and will clash with Google's annual developer conference.

Microsoft's annual Build developer conference starts today (Monday, May 7) at 8:30 a.m. local Seattle time. Today's keynote will likely be heavy on cloud computing technologies and Microsoft's evolving vision of what it calls "the intelligent edge" during a three-hour address.

Windows, the company's stalwart operating system, will have a more "subdued" presence at Build this year, said Rob Sanfilippo, an analyst at independent research firm Directions on Microsoft and a former employee of the Redmond company.

For many years Microsoft has been playing catch-up with Google on the AI-front.

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Like always, Microsoft will livestream the keynote as well as other sessions for those who couldn't attend the event in person.

So, it won't be surprising if Windows ML and AI-related innovation become the centre of its Build conference. Along the way, Microsoft is expected to discuss its Windows 10 updates, cloud AI Azure, and some Xbox news, too.

One of the key events on Microsoft's yearly calendar kicks off later this morning, as thousands of developers crowd into the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle for Build 2018. Put another way: "It'll be about something you can subscribe to rather than buy once", said Directions on Microsoft analyst Jim Gaynor. Earlier this year company introduced Windows ML, the machine-learning platform, that lets developers take advantage of pre-trained AI routines in their apps. At Build 2018, Microsoft will once again try to convince developers to create unique experiences and apps for the Mixed reality platform. The conference will throw light on Microsoft artificial intelligence for developers along with the roadmap for.Net framework.

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