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Microsoft Build 2017: The biggest announcements
By Ng Chong Seng - 21 May 2017,10:33am

Build 2017: The biggest announcements

 

The biggest announcements from Build 2017

Microsoft has just concluded two days of keynotes at its Build developer conference. Day 1 was all about new Azure data and cloud services, and Cortana and AI, while day 2 focused on Windows and mixed reality.

Here are a few announcements that got me excited:

 

1.) Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming later this year

Due later this year, the Fall Creators Update will see the continued evolvement of the Windows 10 interface and broader availability of the company’s mixed reality experience. And since this is still branded as a Creators Update, there’s going to be a new app for creators. There are also a few very interesting cross-device experiences that you’ll get to enjoy thanks to the connection with Microsoft Graph, which you can read about here.

 

2.) OneDrive placeholders’ replacement is here, and it’s called OneDrive Files On-Demand

A highly anticipated feature since Microsoft removed OneDrive placeholders in Windows 8.1, OneDrive Files On-Demand allows access to all files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on a specific device. There are new status icons so you’ll know exactly if a file is now in the local drive, online in the cloud, or always on the disk. On-Demand Files will also work with both the consumer version of OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

 

3.) Windows Story Remix: a new creative app that uses the Microsoft Graph to transform your photos and videos

Story Remix is an evolution of the Photos app that makes it easier than ever to create video stories using your photos and videos. It uses deep learning and AI to automatically tag your content and is able to bring the most relevant content together to form video stories, each with a soundtrack, theme, and transitions. You can remix your stories, edit them, and share them with others. Story Remix is also one of the few apps that includes elements of Microsoft’s new Fluent Design.

 

4.) Microsoft taps HP and Intel to develop Cortana-enabled devices

A single Harman Kardon Invoke speaker clearly isn’t enough to fulfill Cortana’s grand ambition of going places. The Cortana Skills Kit is now in public preview in the U.S., and Microsoft has announced that it’s partnering with HP to create Cortana-powered devices (more speakers?) and Intel for reference platforms. Is this the start of more Cortana hardware partnerships?

 

5.) Visual Studio for Mac

A lot of high-level Azure tools and services (Azure Cosmo DB! Azure Cloud Shell! Azure Service Fabric!) were announced at Build, as well as dev tools to make Windows home for non-Windows developers (e.g., Xamarin Live Player, Ubuntu on the Windows Store, with SUSE Linux and Fedora Linux on their way). I’ve picked Visual Studio for Mac, a mobile and cloud IDE, because that's the tool I'm most familiar with (yes, I'm bias). Build is a developer conference after all, so I'm glad to note that Microsoft has once again kept to its fine tradition of churning out kick-ass developer tools.

 

6.) Presentation Translator add-in for Office

If you develop for Office or if you’re an Office commercial user, you can check out some of the new Office initiatives Microsoft has announced here. For me, I’m impressed by the new Presentation Translator add-in that’s going to bring real-time translations to PowerPoint. Talk about breaking the language barrier between presenters and audience.

 

7.) iTunes is coming to the Windows Store

Apple is going to bring its giant iTunes app to the Windows Store. Enough said.

 

8.) “Emma’s Watch”

The synopsis: Emma can write again thanks to a prototype watch, raising hope for Parkinson’s disease.

I’m just going to drop the video here, go watch it:

Build 2017 news

Windows 10 S will not run Linux distros

NEWS / 23 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

Even if they come from the Windows Store.

Microsoft announces the first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers

NEWS / 11 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

The motion controllers offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in your headset, so you don't need to install hardware on the walls around you.

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store

NEWS / 11 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

Windows is really going places.

Thanks to the Microsoft Graph, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will improve your experiences with other devices

Thanks to the Microsoft Graph, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will improve your experiences with other devices

NEWS / 11 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

New key features include Timeline, Pick Up Where You Left Off, Clipboard, and yes, OneDrive Files on Demand.

Microsoft Fluent Design System is the design language guiding Windows 10's new look and feel

Microsoft Fluent Design System is the design language guiding Windows 10's new look and feel

NEWS / 11 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

Project Neon finally has a name.

Windows Story Remix is a new creative app that uses the Microsoft Graph to transform your photos and videos

NEWS / 11 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

Windows Story Remix is built on .NET and distributed through the Windows Store as a universal Windows app.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on track for release later this year

NEWS / 11 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

The next Windows 10 update, codenamed Redstone 3, now has an official consumer-facing name: Fall Creators Update.

Here's the full list of Cortana skills available currently

NEWS / 11 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

In Microsoft's own words: Cortana's got skills.

Real-time translation is coming to PowerPoint

NEWS / 11 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

A tool developed by the Microsoft Garage team, Presentation Translator is an Office add-in for PowerPoint powered by Microsoft Translator Live that does real-time translation of multiple languages during any presentation.

Microsoft partners with HP and Intel to create Cortana-enabled devices and reference platforms

NEWS / 10 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

Cortana Skills Kit is also now available in public preview.

Microsoft releases Visual Studio for Mac

NEWS / 10 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

A rebranded version of Xamarin Studio’s IDE, Visual Studio 2017 for Mac includes Intellisense code completion, a Roslyn-powered compiler, intelligent refactoring, and a universal search across files, types, members, commands, and NuGets.

500 million devices are now running Windows 10

500 million devices are now running Windows 10

NEWS / 10 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

This is up from the 400 million number the company last touted in September.

Microsoft details new developer opportunities for Office at Build 2017

NEWS / 10 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

Publishing Microsoft Teams apps through the Office Store, new capabilities in the Microsoft Graph, and new ways to connect with partner integrations are some of the highlights.

Microsoft's HomeHub will turn Windows 10 PCs into Amazon Echo-like devices, but 10x more powerful

NEWS / 10 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

A tent-pole feature is said to be this always-on welcome screen that shows the family calendar, to-do lists, and notes.

Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered speaker is called the Invoke

Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered speaker is called the Invoke

NEWS / 08 May 2017 / By Ng Chong Seng

Coming in fall, the Invoke lets you make and receive calls with Skype, control your music and smart home with voice, and get things done with Cortana.

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