Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer conference kicks off today, and the Redmond-based software giant is expected to unveil its latest plans regarding the most important products, including Windows, Windows 10 Mobile, Xbox, and HoloLens.

The event kicks off at 11:30AM ET / 8:30AM PT, and a live streaming will be offered as well, with the Day 1 conference to host the biggest announcements as usual.

Unfortunately for attendees, there will be no hardware giveaways this year, but Microsoft will probably find a way to show its appreciation for those who spent more than $2,000 (€1,770) on a ticket to attend the show.


What to expect

There are way too many rumors regarding the news that Microsoft might announce at this year’s edition of Build, and the company itself fueled the speculation with several teasers pointing to something very exciting for Windows users.

Without a doubt, the Redstone update for Windows 10 will be one of the key points of discussion, as Microsoft is likely to share more information on the work it’s doing on the features projected to be included in this release. Extensions will certainly be brought in the spotlight, and so will some other features of the update, including Cortana and the built-in apps, which received major updates since the last event in October.

Windows 10 Mobile could also get its own share of news, but given the fact that the upgrade for Windows Phone devices has only recently started, the company is unlikely to talk too much about its mobile platform for the moment.

Xbox and HoloLens will also take the stage at the show, and Microsoft will discuss its plans for the two devices, including offering hands-on experience for the holographic device.

Without a doubt, there’ll be some more geeky talk about Xamarin, Ubuntu integration in Windows 10, but also regarding recent acquisitions such as SwiftKey.

We’ll be live-blogging the event here and detailing the key announcements from the event in dedicated articles, so keep an eye on Softpedia today to find out the latest from Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference.

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