Thousands of Web developers and software engineers will gather in downtown Seattle this week for the seventh annual Microsoft Build, a three-day conference that aims to showcase the latest offerings from the Redmond-based software company, provide informative technical sessions with industry experts, and facilitate networking opportunities.

The conference will cover a range of topics, such as analytics, artificial intelligence, bots, cloud storage, design, effects and animation, game development, and 3-D and mixed reality applications. Highlights include:

Lessons Learned Developing For Mixed Reality | Insights from a Microsoft development team tasked with creating an application to run on Microsoft HoloLens and Virtual Reality devices.

Using 3-D Game Technology In Progressive Web Apps | Jig.Space developers will discuss how to apply gaming technology to non-gaming applications.

Bot Capabilities, Patterns, and Principles | Looking beyond the hype surrounding bots, developers will discuss how people and businesses are actually using (and could use) these automated applications.

State Of Play: Modern Game Development | Learn how to build and publish your first video game through the Universal Windows Platform for Windows, Xbox, and beyond.

A complete catalog of events is online here.

Microsoft Build will kick off on Wednesday, May 10, and run through Friday, May 12, at the Washington State Convention Center, located at 705 Pike Street in Seattle. The event is sold out, but you can stream the conference live online here. You also can follow Microsoft Build activities on Twitter using the hashtag #MSBuild.

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