Microsoft Build 2017: Key Announcements on Cloud, AI, Bots And More | May 11, 2017, 12:16 AM IST
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Microsoft is all set to kickstart Build 2017, its annual developer's conference, with CEO Satya Nadella spearheading important announcements for the developer community. The conference taking place in between May and 12, will set the tone for what Microsoft aims to achieve with its core products.

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.
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May 10, 2017 11:10 pm (IST)

In addition to Harman Kardon’s Invoke intelligent speaker with Cortana, Microsoft partners with HP on devices and Intel on reference platforms to deliver Cortana-enabled devices.

May 10, 2017 10:49 pm (IST)

Microsoft has added new services to the industry’s broadest offering of cognitive services and now 29 services for developers, with unique customization options.

May 10, 2017 10:33 pm (IST)

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.

May 10, 2017 10:27 pm (IST)

DocuSign uses Azure SQL Database to process enormous volumes of digital transactions.

May 10, 2017 10:12 pm (IST)

New MySQL- and PostgreSQL-managed services announced. These will join Azure SQL Database to give developers expanded choice and flexibility on a service platform that delivers high availability and scalability, with minimal downtime, and data retention and recovery.  

May 10, 2017 10:11 pm (IST)

"Developers get incredible flexibility with the only schema-free database service, with support for popular NoSQL choices, that also offers five well-defined consistency choices while auto-indexing all your data," says Microsoft about Azure Cosmos DB. 

May 10, 2017 10:06 pm (IST)
May 10, 2017 10:04 pm (IST)

Azure Cosmos DB is the industry’s first globally distributed, multimodal database service to deliver horizontal scale with guaranteed uptime, throughput, consistency and millisecond latency at the 99th percentile.

May 10, 2017 10:00 pm (IST)
May 10, 2017 9:53 pm (IST)

Azure Cosmos DB announced. It is built from the ground up to power planet-scale cloud services and data-intensive applications — from IoT to AI to mobile — with improved performance, fault tolerance and support for every type of data, including Graph. 

May 10, 2017 9:44 pm (IST)

New announcements: 

Azure Cloud Shell

Azure Mobile Portal

Visual Studio snapshot debugging for Azure

Visual Studio for Mac general availability 

May 10, 2017 9:42 pm (IST)

Visual Studio For Mac is now available. 

May 10, 2017 9:36 pm (IST)

Azure mobile app comes to iPhone and Android. 

May 10, 2017 9:34 pm (IST)
May 10, 2017 9:19 pm (IST)

Microsoft introduces technology that will allow you to search the real world in the same way you search the digital world, helping to keep your data safe and secure while making you more productive.

May 10, 2017 9:12 pm (IST)

Microsoft announces extensions to the Microsoft Graph to combine insights from the world of work with device insights and contextual awareness of the physical world.

May 10, 2017 9:06 pm (IST)

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

May 10, 2017 9:02 pm (IST)
May 10, 2017 9:01 pm (IST)
May 10, 2017 9:00 pm (IST)

All accidents at workplace can be prevented if detected with tech: Nadella

May 10, 2017 8:58 pm (IST)
May 10, 2017 8:57 pm (IST)
May 10, 2017 8:56 pm (IST)

Azure IoT Edge announced. 

May 10, 2017 8:53 pm (IST)

The intelligent cloud edge computing is here. 

May 10, 2017 8:51 pm (IST)

12 million organisations in Azure Active Directory

May 10, 2017 8:48 pm (IST)

The next big platform shift is happening to AI: Nadella

May 10, 2017 8:46 pm (IST)

The user experience will span across all devices: Nadella

May 10, 2017 8:43 pm (IST)

Over 90 percent Fortune 500 using Microsoft Cloud: Nadella

May 10, 2017 8:42 pm (IST)

141 million Cortana monthly average users with both voice and text interactions.

May 10, 2017 8:39 pm (IST)

We need to ensure that there is more trust in technology that we create: Nadella

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Microsoft Build 2017: Key Announcements on Cloud, AI, Bots And More
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/

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.


Here are live updates from Microsoft Build 2017.

(Disclaimer: The author is in Seattle covering Build 2017 on the invite of Microsoft.)
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    AUS vs PAK
    127.0 overs
    94.4 overs
    Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs
  • 29 Nov - 03 Dec, 2019 | England in New Zealand
    NZ vs ENG
    129.1 overs
    162.5 overs
    New Zealand drew with England
  • 27 - 29 Nov, 2019 | Afghanistan and West Indies in India
    AFG vs WI
    68.3 overs
    83.3 overs
    West Indies beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets
  • 22 - 24 Nov, 2019 | Bangladesh in India
    BAN vs IND
    30.3 overs
    89.4 overs
    India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs
  • 21 - 24 Nov, 2019 | Pakistan in Australia
    PAK vs AUS
    86.2 overs
    157.4 overs
    Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 5 runs
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