Presentation of Microsoft Build 2016

11 April 2016

Presentation of Microsoft Build 2016 in Los Angeles brought together software developers and fans of Microsoft products. It was 76 hours devoted to new devices, upgrade of voice assistant, innovations in software field, and new technologies.

Windows 10

The head of Windows & Devices Division Terry Myerson shared some stats after Windows 10 release:

  • New OS has been installed on more than 270 million devices, with more than 75 billion hours spent on the system.
  • Cortana handled more than 5 billion requests.
  • Users played 6.6 billion hours on Microsoft Xbox.
  • Windows Store has more than 5 billion visits.

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At the beginning of the conference, company officials made an announcement that Microsoft Windows Store is to be filled with more quality applications.

Windows Ink pen update enhanced user interaction with applications. The system recognizes handwritten text like “buy dog food on Wednesday,” and also automatically sets reminders for that day.

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The Cortana voice assistant understands a task such as sending a particular document, song, or any other file to a friend. Windows Store becomes universal for Windows applications, Win32-applications, and Xbox games.

Windows make friends with Linux

The Unix shell now runs on Windows which should make developers life much easier.

Visual Studio becomes universal: created apps may now be installed on Windows 10, iOS, and Android.

“Application converter” lets you run a favorite game, which was developed for an earlier version of the OS, on Windows 10. Xbox received a developer mode in which it is possible to create interfaces.

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HoloLens

Microsoft started delivery of HoloLens to developers from March 30th, 2016. Augmented reality glasses project hologram on real objects, and several people can simultaneously see the same projection. This innovation can find its application in the educational and services fields.

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An application for HoloLens, through which users can explore the universe is already in public domain with the source code.

Chat bots

For those who want to try their hand at creating intelligent bots for Skype, Microsoft released a Skype Bot toolkit. A new version of Skype supports this feature.

Cortana Integration

Cortana voice control function has been added to Skype. Users can now find information about locations and subjects mentioned in the chat, simply asked from Cortana. Also, a personal assistant will book you a hotel, buy a ticket to a plane, notify a friend about your arrival, and perform many other actions without departing from the Skype window.