1Microsoft Build 2017: Windows, Mixed Reality and More
It’s developer conference season, and Microsoft is set to host its applications creators at Build. The event will, as always, focus on Windows, but there’s much more the company is expected to discuss. For instance, Microsoft has been investing heavily in the cloud and is rumored to be planning some enhancements to its online solutions. Additionally, Microsoft could double down on bots, and the company’s interest in mixed reality still seems strong. There’s also a good chance Microsoft will discuss its broader plans for taking down Chromebooks. This slide show talks about all that and more when Microsoft kicks off its Build 2017 conference May 10 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
2A Windows 10 Creators Update Discussion
Windows 10 Creators Update has been generally well-received, but it’s also caused trouble for older accessories that connect to computers via Bluetooth and Microsoft has been forced to block certain users access to the operating system. Hopefully, Microsoft will outline what it has planned for the operating system’s future.
3Talk About Project NEON
4What’s Going On With Redstone 3?
5Universal Windows Platform Grows
6Don’t Forget About Cortana
7Windows 10 S for Students—and More?
At a recent event in New York, Microsoft discussed Windows 10 S, an operating system pitched as a Chrome OS alternative for students and teachers. The new Surface Laptop is running the OS and appears to have broad appeal, so Microsoft should detail its vision for Windows 10 S and opportunities for users.
8The Mixed-Reality Future
9What’s Happening With Windows 10 Mobile?
There is some debate over whether Microsoft will talk about Windows 10 Mobile at Build. The operating system is clearly critical to the company’s future, but is being overshadowed by iOS and Android. At Build, Microsoft could showcase new features and discuss why it believes it can compete against the ever-growing iOS-and-Android onslaught.
10Bots and Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft has been talking in more detail of late about bots and artificial intelligence and how it believes it can compete in that industry. Look for Microsoft to explain at Build how developers can use bots in its platforms and how it hopes to improve artificial intelligence to boost its user experience.
11A Broad Conversation on Cloud Solutions
Although software will feature prominently in Microsoft’s discussion, the cloud won’t be far behind. After all, Microsoft is a cloud company and it wants to continue building out its online services to attract more users. Expect Microsoft to discuss updates to Azure, Office 365 and other platforms critical to its cloud appeal.