Nokia is going to get into the Microsoft Build fun too.
The telecom equipment company, which is still set to sell off its devices and services business to Microsoft, has scheduled its own press conference in the middle of Microsoft's biggest developer event of the year. It is expected to unveil at least one new Lumia device, with chief executive Stephen Elop having hinted as much in a.
CNET editors Jessica Dolcourt, Tim Stevens, photographer Josh Miller, and I will be bringing you all the details, photos, and commentary from the event. It kicks off at 5 p.m. PT (calculate to your time zone).
Microsoft is expected to provide more details for the next version of its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1, so Nokia will presumably be the first to unveil a smartphone running on the new software. While still a separate entity, Nokia plays a critical role as the standard bearer and most enthusiastic partner for Windows Phone and Microsoft.
One of the changes to the updated software is the increased flexibility to create more affordable devices, including less stringent specifications. Nokia could unveil a budget Lumia smartphone -- a category of products that has been successful for the handset maker.
Microsoft was supposed to close the acquisition of the Nokia assets by today, but said last week that the closingas the two dealt with regulatory hurdles. Both companies have said they remain committed to the deal.
We'll see what Nokia has in store on Wednesday. As usual, we'll be using ScribbleLive to bring you live text and photos, blow by blow. We'll start the live blog about 15 minutes before Nokia officially kicks off its event.