Microsoft Build: Empowering developers to deliver impact today and tomorrow

 |   Rita Ngai


May 20, 2020, Hong Kong –– Microsoft’s developer event Microsoft Build 2020 was held digitally for the first time ever. This annual Build event is likely Microsoft’s biggest event yet, aiming to provide a platform for developers to learn, connect and code, creating new experiences for millions of industry experts.

In such challenging times, the developer community is the next wave to join the heroic ranks of those who will build and re-build organizations, industries, communities, and ultimately, advancing the society forward. This week, Microsoft celebrates the critical role of developers and their tireless efforts to rally during this crisis. To support this, Microsoft is unveiling a range of new tools and services to meet developers’ needs to provide immediate impact and value, empowering innovations that help organizations and individuals achieve more.

As work environments evolve, Microsoft is creating solutions to help organizations adopt new tools that ensure they design and deliver AI applications in an ethical and responsible way, at the same time, support them to build connected productivity experiences.

Microsoft invests in collaboration and productivity solutions to help developers tackle some of the biggest problems today and tomorrow.

A few highlights from Microsoft Build 2020:

  • Introducing Azure Synapse Link which brings operational database services and analytics together in real-time with a single click, without managing data movement or placing a burden on our customers’ operational systems. This ultimately lowers costs and reduces time to gain valuable business insights. Azure Synapse Link is now available in Azure Cosmos DB and will be available in our other operational database services in the future.
  • Enhancements to Microsoft Teams include a streamlined experience for developers to build and publish Teams apps from Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code; the ability for IT admins to validate, approve and pre-install line of business and ISV applications for their users in Teams; and new ways for people to engage with apps in Teams.
  • Announcing Fluid Framework updates including making it open source to developers, and introducing the first way for end users to experience Fluid with the upcoming availability of Fluid components and Fluid workspaces in and Outlook for the Web.
  • Delivering new Responsible ML tools in Azure Machine Learning and OSS toolkits to help customers deploy AI models more responsibly by improving model interpretability, reducing unfairness while ensuring data privacy and confidentiality.
  • Introducing Project Reunion – People are spending more than 4 trillion minutes on Windows 10 a month to work, learn and connect – a 75% increase year-over-year. To help developers deliver more innovation across the 1 billion Windows 10 monthly active devices in use today, Project Reunion will unify the Windows platform and decouples it from the OS, allowing developers to easily integrate across Win32 and UWP APIs.
  • Announcing one of the world’s most powerful AI supercomputers built in Azure – Developed in collaboration with and exclusively for OpenAI, this supercomputer is purpose-built to train massive distributed AI models, giving it all the benefits of a dedicated appliance paired with the benefits of Azure’s robust modern cloud infrastructure.
  • Introducing Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, our first industry-specific cloud solution, with more to follow. It builds upon existing capabilities across our cloud offerings that address healthcare and other industry scenarios, such as the new Bookings app in Teams, now generally available to customers across industries, which enables you to schedule, manage and conduct business-to-consumer virtual appointments.

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