IT Innovators:  Build 2015 Comes To San Francisco With Microsoft’s Promise To Empower Developers To Achieve More

IT Innovators: Build 2015 Comes To San Francisco With Microsoft’s Promise To Empower Developers To Achieve More

The Microsoft Build Developer Conference opened this week to much fanfare in San Francisco, California. True to its word, it dazzled developers with one announcement after another, from Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge to new applications designed to allow developers to leverage existing code and skills, and everything in between.

Opening the conference was Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella. Recalling the company’s beginning, he spoke of how Microsoft was founded by two developers with a bold ambition to empower other developers to build new and great things. Fast forward to today and, as he explained, the one constant thing about Microsoft is that it is still a developer company first, and its mission continues to be to empower developers to achieve more.

Here’s a look at just some of the things Microsoft is doing at Build 2015:

  • Released its browser project, dubbed Spartan, under the name Microsoft Edge with a new rendering engine and features like web extensions.

  • Introduced four SDKs to help developers use their existing code—web sites, Android Java/C++, .NET and Win32, and iOS Objective C—to bring apps quickly to the Windows Store, as well as new Windows Store capabilities for consumers, businesses and developers.

  • Provided its Visual Studio code solution, a code optimized editor that’s part of the Visual Studio family, for free.

  • Introduced a number of new tools for Microsoft Azure, including: Azure SQL data warehouse, a fully managed relational data warehouse-as-a-service that supports petabytes of data storage and Azure Data Lake service, which stores and manages infinite data in its original form with enterprise-grade security and access control.

  • Pledged to take Windows 10 to one billion devices within three years of its availability, by, among other things, offering it as a free upgrade to customers and businesses.

  • Introduced innovations for the Universal Windows Platform to developers to create a single application for use on the full range of Windows 10 devices and integrate Cortana and Xbox Live. Plus, it allows developers to offer trusted commerce and embrace natural user input, and even enables applications to become holograms.

To be sure, these announcements are all offshoots of what Microsoft has identified as its three major platform transformations: Building the intelligent cloud platform, Office as a platform and Windows 10. Its hope is that even the smallest group of people, or just one person for that matter, with a dream and a passion will use these platforms to make their dreams come true. As Satya expressed, “We have lots to talk about during this conference, lots to show you, and lots of announcements. I wonder, what will you make of them on day 1? More importantly, what will you do with them on day 2?”

Today is day 3. So now I’m asking you: What have you done with the new products Microsoft announced?

For more information on news out of Build go to: or watch the keynote in its entirety here (Be warned, it’s long!). Also, check back with IT Innovators for future blogs on specific topics from Build. And don’t forget, if you missed any part of the conference you can still access recordings of the sessions. You can also catch Microsoft’s upcoming Build Tour, coming to one of 25 cities worldwide in May and June. For tour dates and locations go to

This blog about storage and networking is sponsored by Microsoft.

Cheryl J. Ajluni is a freelance writer and editor based in San Jose, California. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Wireless Systems Design and served as the EDA/Advanced Technology editor for Electronic Design for over 10 years. She is also a published book author and patented engineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online publications. Contact her at [email protected] with your comments or story ideas.

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