• Paul Fingleton

Microsoft Build 2015 Keynote Overview


[UPDATE - The Keynote is over, a summary of all highlights are available below]

Microsoft's Build conference for Developers starts today in San Francisco at 4:30pm Irish Time. We will bring you all the latest updates from the Keynote Address featuring CEO Satya Nadella and Operating Systems Group chief, Terry Myerson.

This page will be updated during the Keynote with news as it occurs.

Building Bridges

Satya Nadella opened the conference, wanting to build bridges and using the languages that you know to develop for Windows.

Three major platform shifts for Windows will be covered over the conference.

  • Cloud Platform: Storage and computing and all coming together to build and support intelligent apps.

  • Office as a Platform: Moving beyond individual Applications and APIs and building a rich graph of data as a platform.

  • Windows: Windows 10 is a new generation of Windows, built for personal computing from a Raspberry Pi to HoloLens

Big Data: Leveraging their massive cloud infrastructure, Microsoft want to make it possible for businesses and developers to seamlessly store and process essentially infinite amounts of data using tools like SQL Data Warehouse or Azure Data Lake.

Cross-Platform Developent: Visual Studio Code is a free lightweight code editor for use on Windows, Mac or Linux environments to make it possible use many of the great features expected from Visual Studio on other platforms.

The beta of these tools will be available to download later today.

Office as a Platform: Microsoft Office will no longer be a set of standalone applications. Through a set of Programming Interfaces (APIs) third parties will be able to leverage the suite of apps to provide services and additional features. Examples were given of how Salesforce can be integrated into Outlook for contact and calendar information. Or Uber could be used to arrange your car to arrive, and with the Uber plugin installed it will know your destination because you entered that in your calendar first.

Windows as a Single Platform: From Respberry Pi to HoloLens, the skills of developing for one device can easily be brought across the whole family of devices - from no screen to huge Surface Hub screens or to the Holographic HoloLens headset.

Microsoft knowingly nodded to the absence of Windows 9 in it's promo video counting the intro in from 1 to 8 and then jumping to 10.

Windows 10 Store: Carrier billing for those without a credit card will be available at launch, with already 90 carriers on board with this program.

Standard Windows Applications (Win32 or .NET) will be available in the Windows store. Microsoft promise that Store Apps will not 'junk up' your computer. These applications will leverage Microsoft's enterprise feature App-V to isolate, or sandbox, the apps from the rest of the system and make them easier to uninstall.

Web Apps get a Makeover: Websites can be registered in the Windows Store and when users install this Web App and developers can configure the features of the Windows 10 Platform, Cortana, XBox, etc. when launching the Web App.

Port your Android or iOS (Objective C) Code to Windows: Finally putting to rest the rumours of letting native Android Apps run on Windows Phone, Microsoft annouced a simple way for developers of existing code from existing Android or iOS Apps to move the code wholesale across for use on Windows 10 phones.

Apps trasnferred this way will be able to use Windows features such as Live Tiles and Microsoft Services.

Cortana Natural Language Interaction: Using natural phrases like "Cortana, start a chat with Mike in Viber" will lead the application opening a chat with the person and not just open the app.

This can also be used to perform actions within the application without opening the application such as send a message using an application, without actually opening the application.

Project Spartan is no more. Welcome Microsoft Edge: The new name for Project Spartan was unveiled during the Keynote this afternoon.

Windows Holographic: Windows 10 Universal Apps can be pinned anywhere in your environment.

That's it for the Keynote. Stay Tuned to Techknow Ireland for more coverage over the coming days.

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