True to form, yesterday Microsoft began the keynote of its Build 2015 developer conference, discussing cloud first. Then, just as sleepy non-techie user types in the audience were starting to count sheep, Microsoft livened the event, discussing Windows 10, cross-platform development tools, holograms, and much, much more.
In fact, so many things were revealed at yesterday's conference, IT Blogwatch presents a special "roundup of roundups," Build conference 2015 edition.
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Today's humble blogwatcher is Stephen Glasskeys.
For a brief moment, we thought Brad Chacos was going to throw a chair:
Developers, developers, developers. Steve Ballmer may be long gone, but new CEO Satya Nadella is just as keen to appeal to Microsoft's favorite crowd as his predecessor was. The first half of the...keynote...was devoted to deep-level code...[flying] waaaay over the head of...[most] users.
But once the nuts-and-bolts were out of the way, Microsoft turned to why developers should target Windows: Users. Lots of users. Here's a recap of the biggest consumer news out of Microsoft's Build keynote. MORE
With three connecting flights, Joab Jackson had ample time for Azure cloud computing:
Microsoft will soon offer three additional ways...to store data on Azure, making the cloud computing platform more supportive of big data analysis. MORE
Back on Earth(?), Rob Enderle's dog leaves a holographic gift on the carpet:
[The Windows Holographic Platform, now this] is something that is somewhat surreal about moving from talking about improving PCs, Tablets, and Phones to talking about making them obsolete.
This thing can turn any wall or surface or even the air into a display. ... Imagine digital pets that kept you company and followed you around (that didn't poop on the carpet), the ability to look and see what was inside walls.
This is a game changer and the kind of thing Microsoft had to do to take the momentum back from Apple and Google. MORE
In detail, Avram Piltch describes five things he took from Microsoft:
In a detailed, 3-hour long keynote address...CEO Satya Nadella and company spelled out [Microsoft's] vision for the future, revealing more features of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, its new Edge browser and its Windows Holographic platform. ... These are the five takeaways from Microsoft Build and why you should care about them. MORE
Then Natt Garun discusses everything Avram left behind:
After a short chat about Azure and a few demos, Microsoft announced that .NET Core, the company's open source implementation software, is now available as a preview for Linux and Mac OS, allowing developers to build cloud applications on multiple platforms.
In addition...Microsoft also announced the release of Visual Studio Code, a code editor designed for the Mac and Linux. MORE
Then Darren Orf surfs-in on the discussion, riding a new browser:
Windows’ Internet Explorer replacement will be named Microsoft Edge. Belfiore mentions it invokes how the browser lives on the "edge" of technology and some such or the other, but what's in a name really?
What's actually important is that the Edge will allow extensions built for Firefox and Chrome with only slight coding modifications needed. Hopefully those same extensions won't make Edge a bloated nightmare like some browsers which will remain nameless. MORE
Michael J Miller learned ten things about Windows 10:
On devices, Belifore showed off the "Continuum" feature where applications look differently as they switch between keyboard and mouse and touch-based modes, such as on a convertible or 2-in-1 system.
But more interesting was how phones running Windows 10 will also support Continuum. He showed how a phone can be plugged into a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and connected to a larger monitor, which will display the universal Office apps as big-screen versions. MORE
Meanwhile, Jason Parker brings back four blasts from the past:
Windows 10 is bringing back the Aero Glass theme from Windows 7, showing that good ideas from the past have not been forgotten.
But what received a greater crowd reaction was the updated Windows 10 version of the Start menu.. MORE
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