As usual, the conference will not focus much on hardware products. Microsoft had recently launched its Surface Laptop along with Windows 10S operating system which aims to deliver better performance with low-end hardware. It had also showcased the Cortana voice assistant powered Invoke speaker by Harman Kardon. There is another hardware event later this month.
Any developer can now publish for Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Coming soon, apps in Teams will be more discoverable for end users through a new app experience. Developers can also add new capabilities to Teams apps, including third-party notifications in the activity feed, Compose Extensions and Actionable Messages.
Stats as shared by Microsoft:
500 Million active Windows 10 monthly average devices.
100 million Commercial Office 365 monthly average users.
141 million Cortana monthly average users with both voice and text interactions.
12 million organisations in Azure Active Directory
Over 90 percent Fortune 500 using Microsoft Cloud
The free update, originally announced in May, will also include a new photo app and many tweaks to the overall design and usability of Windows 10. (Image: Debashis Sarkar/News18.com)
Build 2017 aims to further cement Microsoft's vision of a "Mobile-First, Cloud-First" landscape with Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Services, Internet of Things along with Mixed Reality. On the cloud computing front, we can expect announcements around how Microsoft is building the Intelligent Cloud with artificial intelligence on a serverless infrastructure.
You can expect to hear a lot on bots and apps around it. Of course, Microsoft will have some surprise announcements on the HoloLens as well.
There will keynotes on May 10 and 11 starting at 8AM (Seattle time) on both days. In India, the Build 2017 keynotes are scheduled to begin at 8.30PM on Wednesday and Thursday.
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