Microsoft and Apple will host their respective developer conferences — Construct and WWDC — over the subsequent two months as all-virtual occasions, mimicking their confabs of 2020.
Apple was first to announce final week that WWDC —its Worldwide Builders Convention — will happen June 7-11, these dates according to the Cupertino, Calif. firm’s standard first-full-week-of-June schedule and so a number of weeks sooner than final yr.
In the meantime, Microsoft has now posted the dates for its Construct builders convention — Might 25-27 — on its firm occasions portal.
In 2020, each firms canceled their in-person conferences due to the just-starting COVID-19 pandemic, then changed them with all-online occasions. Microsoft kicked off final yr’s two-day Construct on Might 19; Apple started WWDC’s five-day run on June 22.
Each conferences received accolades for, amongst different issues, making the occasions accessible to a lot higher numbers than their bodily predecessors, and for his or her significantly decreased or solely eradicated charges. Of the 2, Apple’s WWDC was the extra professionally produced.
Microsoft’s occasions portal discover doesn’t but embrace particulars about subsequent month’s Construct — and the Construct web site has not been refreshed to replicate this yr’s convention — however it can most likely be a repeat of 2020’s, which provided each pre-recorded keynotes and live-streamed classes on quite a few matters. The latter have been repeated a number of instances through the course of the convention and have been out there on-demand afterward.
Apple’s 2020 WWDC was composed solely of pre-recorded movies, and the idea is that this yr’s model will use the identical format. Apple did say that extra details about the convention can be issued upfront of the opening day by way of the devoted app, the Apple Developer web site, and e-mail.
Except Microsoft and Apple seriously change the conferences’ financial underpinnings, they are going to be free (within the case of Construct) and out there to registered builders (Apple). Anybody can register as an Apple developer, nonetheless, just by paying the $99 annual price.