Microsoft has today for the first time publicly confirmed the “Blue” set of updates to its various platforms. And it plans to update developers with a new BUILD 2013 Conference, this time in San Francisco in June.

First the Blue confirmation.

“With a remarkable foundation of products in market and a clear view of how we will evolve the company, product leaders across Microsoft are working together on plans to advance our devices and services, a set of plans referred to internally as ‘Blue’,” Microsoft corporate vice president Frank Shaw writes in Looking Back and Springing Ahead in the Official Microsoft Blog. “[The] chances of [the] products being named thusly are slim to none.”

“This continuous development cycle is the new normal across Microsoft - we’ll tune everyday experiences as well as introduce bold, connected and exciting new scenarios,” he continues. “Our product groups are also taking a unified planning approach so people get what they want – all of their devices, apps and services working together wherever they are and for whatever they are doing.”

OK, we all knew Blue was real. Heck, I’m running Blue on my Ultrabook now. But it’s nice to see Microsoft finally step up and official confirm it.

Also interesting/exciting is news of a new BUILD conference, which we can treat as a follow-up to the Blue revelation above.

“To make sure everyone knows what we’re planning and can participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem, I’m pleased to announce and personally invite you to our next developer conference, Build 2013, which is taking place June 26-28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco,” Microsoft corporate vice president Steve Guggenheimer announced separately in a post to the Official Microsoft Blog. “At Build, we’ll share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. Build is the path to creating and implementing your great ideas, and then differentiating them in the market.”

Registration for BUILD 2013 opens on April 2. See you in San Francisco!