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Central theme of ongoing Microsoft Surface event is "How will AI shape your future?"
An undated image of the Microsoft Build 2024 poster. — Microsoft
An undated image of the Microsoft Build 2024 poster. — Microsoft

Microsoft's developer conference, Build 2024, kicks off today and is set to be a major artificial intelligence (AI) showcase. The event, running from May 21-23, will be held both in-person in Seattle and virtually for free.

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Following Google's AI-focused conference, Microsoft is expected to unveil its own advancements in AI alongside updates to Windows 11 and new Surface devices. The opening keynote, featuring CEO Satya Nadella, is expected to announce new developer tools and upcoming products.

"Microsoft Build is just around the corner... Whether you're tuning in online (for free) or joining us in person in Seattle, prepare to be immersed in the latest innovations in Microsoft developer tools and technologies," the company said in a blog post.

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The central theme of the conference is "How will AI shape your future?" Reflecting this, Microsoft is likely to announce new AI features for Windows and Office. Deeper integration of Copilot with Windows 11, potentially featuring a wake-word option, and "AI Explorer," a new feature enabling users to interact with their digital environments through advanced AI, are both anticipated.

For developers, Microsoft might introduce new AI-powered products and solutions within the Azure cloud platform. The event is also expected to see the unveiling of new hardware, including the Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6, available in both x86 and ARM-based models.

Microsoft Build stream

New Advanced RISC Machine (ARM)-based Windows PCs, featuring the Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus processors, are also likely to be highlighted, with OEMs like Dell and Samsung showcasing their first ARM-powered Windows machines.

You can watch the entire event live on YouTube for free and at Microsoft's site — but registration is required for that.

Microsoft Build live stream