Microsoft Build 2016 Keynote Live Blogby Brett Howse on March 30, 2016 11:15 AM EST
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01:52PM EDT - Goodbye Keynote
01:51PM EDT - I'll have some more info coming later along with hands on with some of the products
01:51PM EDT - not so much Windows but that's not surprising since the big Windows news was last year
01:51PM EDT - lots of talk about Bots this year
01:51PM EDT - and with that - the keynote is over
01:50PM EDT - and he is here - going to be doing some sessions later on
01:49PM EDT - very powerful use of this tech
01:49PM EDT - demo video of a blind software engineer at Microsoft using the Intelligence services to write an app which can analyze an image in real time to tell him what is going on where he is looking
01:42PM EDT - showing off the capture bot and how it can determine context from an image
01:40PM EDT - visual API can recognize objects in images
01:40PM EDT - showing off the new APIs for cognitive services
01:38PM EDT - over time the bot should learn more and need to do that less
01:38PM EDT - showing how a bot can hand off to a human if it doesn't understand the question
01:36PM EDT - Lots of talk about natural language with bots
01:30PM EDT - showing off a simple bot in Visual Studio that can order a pizza from Dominos
01:28PM EDT - open source bot builder SDK available on GitHub
01:28PM EDT - everything you need to get your bots talking
01:27PM EDT - Announcing Microsoft Bot framework
01:27PM EDT - Dan Driscoll on stage to demo the Cortana Intelligence Suite
01:26PM EDT - Cortana Intelligence Suite running on Azure is available as a bot framework
01:25PM EDT - Satya back on stage. "Want all developers to be able to fuse intelligence into their applications"
01:23PM EDT - and now a Skype for Hololens video
01:23PM EDT - Starting today, consumers will have access to bots in the latest Windows, iOS, and Android apps for Skype
01:22PM EDT - intelligence coming to real time video chats
01:22PM EDT - now announcing Skype Video bots
01:21PM EDT - Cortana pre-populates the text to the friend to let them know you will be in town
01:20PM EDT - after booking the hotel, Cortana then suggests to chat with a friend of yours in that city
01:20PM EDT - that's pretty good
01:20PM EDT - After seeing an appointment in another city, Cortana suggests connecting with the Westin bot to book a hotel room
01:19PM EDT - the demo looks like its on the new UWP version of Skype
01:18PM EDT - and then Cortana will take care of it for you
01:18PM EDT - Cortana will send you Skype messages to ask to get things done
01:18PM EDT - Cortana integration to Skype chats coming soon
01:17PM EDT - talking about adding more abilities from within conversations
01:13PM EDT - lots of insights and actions will be available
01:13PM EDT - Cortana improvements look good
01:09PM EDT - extensiblity of Cortana shown off with the ability to book a table at a restaurant or find a tour
01:08PM EDT - Can send text messages from Cortana, Cortana will add info from the text to your calendar if appropriate
01:06PM EDT - adds flight info to appointments
01:05PM EDT - Cortana now in Outlook, able to add appointments automatically to the calendar
01:04PM EDT - Cortana support coming to the lock screen
01:03PM EDT - Marcus Ash from the Cortana team coming on stage to show off the future plans for Cortana
01:01PM EDT - "Human language is the new UI layer"
12:59PM EDT - Tai got twisted very quickly when launched in North America
12:59PM EDT - talking about Tai and how it didn't meet their mark
12:56PM EDT - Wants to bring human language to all platforms
12:54PM EDT - "Conversations as a Platform"
12:54PM EDT - excited "Windows can be the dev box of choice"
12:53PM EDT - Satya Nadella back on stage
12:52PM EDT - We're almost 90 minutes in and no talk of data lakes yet - sounds like that will be tomorrow
12:51PM EDT - and the app is here at Build so we can see it later
12:50PM EDT - exhibit will be open at the Kennedy Space Center summer 2016
12:50PM EDT - showing off Destination Mars
12:49PM EDT - several apps already in production using mixed reality
12:49PM EDT - talking about NASA
12:49PM EDT - Demo done. Alex is back
12:47PM EDT - VR works as well, although you'd lose your place in the class
12:47PM EDT - teaching is got to be one of the big uses of AR
12:46PM EDT - Demo of remote teaching with Hololens
12:45PM EDT - showing off the Holographic anatomy program
12:44PM EDT - Case Western University will use Hololens as part of the curriculum
12:42PM EDT - app is in the store today too
12:41PM EDT - all of the code is available via GitHub
12:41PM EDT - they asked for ideas, and they built Galaxy Explorer
12:41PM EDT - Alex talking about Share your Idea
12:40PM EDT - Microsoft Hololens will start shipping to developers today
12:39PM EDT - I have a demo of Hololens later today. It's been almost a year so curious to see the updates
12:38PM EDT - now Alex Kipman is here to demo Hololens
12:37PM EDT - and a demo
12:37PM EDT - fastest adoption of new DX in DX history
12:37PM EDT - Now talking DX12
12:36PM EDT - more announcements coming at E3
12:36PM EDT - background music also coming with the update
12:36PM EDT - anything is better than the current voice interface through Kinect
12:36PM EDT - Cortana also coming to Xbox One
12:36PM EDT - coming with the Anniversary update
12:35PM EDT - finally discussing the store
12:35PM EDT - preview of Dev Mode available today
12:34PM EDT - UWP gives access to speech recognition APIs on Xbox
12:33PM EDT - all xaml controls designed for touch, mouse, and controller
12:33PM EDT - no extra work needed for controller support
12:33PM EDT - have to register the Xbox as a dev kit using an app
12:33PM EDT - Using Visual Studio, you can remote deploy to the Xbox for testing
12:31PM EDT - can be used by app developers to test their UWP apps
12:31PM EDT - Xbox Dev mode announced - convert the retail Xbox One into a dev kit
12:30PM EDT - as a demo, they ran Witcher 3 through the same converter to bring it to UWP
12:29PM EDT - with live tile support
12:29PM EDT - demoing Age of Empires II HD as a UWP
12:28PM EDT - multi-gpu support coming as well
12:28PM EDT - that's good - lots of complaints about that
12:27PM EDT - Adding support to disable VSync and adding GSYNC and FreeSync support in May
12:27PM EDT - Phil says UWP will give better performance for games and better safety for users
12:26PM EDT - also I changed the top image since someone said it was too large - refresh your page
12:25PM EDT - PC, Xbox, phone
12:25PM EDT - Windows 10 is the best platform for Game Developers
12:23PM EDT - Phil Spencer coming on to discuss gaming. Terry was just doing an intro
12:21PM EDT - And demo over, Terry Myerson back on stage
12:21PM EDT - Visual Studio has an emulator for Android to help debug and remote designer for iOS
12:20PM EDT - Microsoft bought Xamarin which allows you to code in C# and run on Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac
12:19PM EDT - Now showing off Xamarin
12:18PM EDT - you can then add another project in Visual Studio to handle the UWP things like notifications and live tiles
12:17PM EDT - converting can be done with no change to the original code
12:16PM EDT - converts it to an appx package
12:16PM EDT - brings the Win32 app to the store and gives it access to all UWP APIs
12:16PM EDT - converts Win32 apps to Centennial which is the Win32 bridge
12:15PM EDT - Desktop App Converter announced
12:15PM EDT - moving on to Win32
12:15PM EDT - showed off editing code in emacs
12:15PM EDT - bash brings the power of open source command line tools to Windows
12:13PM EDT - Bash should help devs who rely on open source frameworks
12:12PM EDT - Android bridge was also a subsystem even though it's dead now
12:12PM EDT - this is a subsystem, not the first to be added to WIndows
12:11PM EDT - native Ubuntu binaries running on Windows
12:11PM EDT - Bash Shell is coming to Windows
12:11PM EDT - devs struggle using WIndows as the home dev box
12:11PM EDT - Now moving on to hosted web apps
12:10PM EDT - software ruler sounds gimmicky but that's been one of my struggles when using the pen
12:10PM EDT - showed off the inking ruler again
12:08PM EDT - "we want all devs to be able to quickly and easily add ink to their code"
12:08PM EDT - and some neat layering with lighting
12:08PM EDT - showing off real-time blurring
12:07PM EDT - UWP gives hardware acceleration to apps with the GPU
12:06PM EDT - can't be a developer conference without code in the keynote right?
12:06PM EDT - now we get to see some code
12:06PM EDT - electronic flight bag
12:05PM EDT - Boeing talking about UWP to help the pilot with real time decision making
12:04PM EDT - showing a Boeing video
12:04PM EDT - thousands of companies piloting Windows Store for Business
12:04PM EDT - Facebook bringing their App SDK to UWP too
12:03PM EDT - Facebook bringing a new UWP for Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger soon
12:02PM EDT - Terry back on stage discussing Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
12:01PM EDT - Microsoft is very bullish on inking. It's not something I use much but Josh likes it on the iPad
12:00PM EDT - Adobe shown off with software stencils being used with the pen
12:00PM EDT - software ruler being showed in PowerPoint now to line up images
11:59AM EDT - cross out a word and it is deleted
11:59AM EDT - can be used to edit
11:59AM EDT - Pen being showed in Office now
11:58AM EDT - can draw a line on a map and the map will show you the distance
11:58AM EDT - showing inking in maps
11:57AM EDT - likely there's a security option to not allow this
11:57AM EDT - Inking is available above the lock screen
11:56AM EDT - pretty neat
11:56AM EDT - Sketchpad has a software ruler
11:56AM EDT - 72% of people use pen and paper for more than 1 hour per day
11:55AM EDT - nice bit of integration
11:55AM EDT - when he wrote call mom tomorrow, tomorrow was recognized and Cortana added it as a reminder
11:54AM EDT - showing off Sticky Notes now
11:53AM EDT - letting users know which apps support pen and giving access to recently used inking apps
11:53AM EDT - pushing the pen button now lets you launch the Ink Workspace
11:52AM EDT - Now discussing inking updates
11:52AM EDT - able to log into a website with a fingerprint
11:52AM EDT - Bryan just showed off Edge and Hello integration
11:50AM EDT - Bryan Roper now on stage to show off the new update
11:50AM EDT - will come to Xbox One with (finally) the store
11:49AM EDT - new Ink experience
11:49AM EDT - Edge will support Windows Hello for Authenitcation
11:49AM EDT - this was previously code named Redstone
11:48AM EDT - Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer to all Windows 10 users
11:47AM EDT - Lots of new device types
11:47AM EDT - Windows 10 has been out for 8 months and being actively used by over 270 million people
11:47AM EDT - Windows 10 has been out for 8 months and being actively used by over 270 million people
11:46AM EDT - Windows 10 is our home for this evolution
11:46AM EDT - Discussing going beyond the GUI and mouse and keyboard
11:44AM EDT - Now to discuss Windows 10 is Terry Myerson, head of Windows
11:42AM EDT - new categories of devices including IoT
11:41AM EDT - Windows 10 is the fastest growing version of windows with consumers and enterprises
11:41AM EDT - 1.2 billion office users have access to Azure apps
11:40AM EDT - building in Azure gives you access to over 5 million businesses already in Azure AD
11:39AM EDT - we are building three interconnected platforms
11:39AM EDT - cloud is a new form of computing
11:39AM EDT - for us mobile first is the mobility of the experience
11:38AM EDT - "we want to make things so that others can make things and make things happen"
11:37AM EDT - Have to make choices to ensure that the way we use technology helps us make progress as a society
11:36AM EDT - privacy, jobs, etc
11:36AM EDT - profound questions and issues
11:35AM EDT - Discussing technology in our lives
11:34AM EDT - Satya Nadella on stage
11:33AM EDT - And it begins
11:28AM EDT - Just saw a Microsoft hearts Linux image on one of the big screens
11:28AM EDT - Just a couple of minutes now
11:20AM EDT - Hopefully we get an announcement on Xbox One getting Universal Windows Platform apps today as well
11:20AM EDT - iOS (Islandwood) is still in progress
11:20AM EDT - The Android bridge has been killed off. Not sure if there will be any chatter about that here for a way forward on that one
11:19AM EDT - Last year one of the more interesting bits was the announcement of the bridges for iOS and Android
11:19AM EDT - Keynote is scheduled for about ten minutes from now
11:17AM EDT - Last year was a big year with the launch of Windows 10. I expect some more updates on that, especially a new adoption number, but the cloud is likely a big part of this years keynote
11:16AM EDT - Good morning everyone. I'm here at the Moscone center in San Francisco to see what's going to be new with Microsoft this year
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davegraham - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - linkcan you get rid of that massive header picture? it forces content to the very bottom of the page.
Arnulf - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - linkYeah and who came up with the bright idea of posting this stuff in reverse-chronological order?!
Are we supposed to read it from the bottom up?
JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - linkIt was always done this way on Anandtech, even for the last Apple keynote about a week ago.
That being said, it's still an awful format.
at80eighty - Thursday, March 31, 2016 - linkits a PITA when it refreshes and you need to keep scrolling down. This way the page stays static
Space Jam - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - link>11:46AM EDT - Discussing going beyond the GUI and mouse and keyboard
Ah I see the Lizard people at MS's upper management still drink heavily.
Open letter to MS:
Dear replicant humans,
With time all repeated behaviors trend towards the one of maximum efficiency.
For humans interacting with a computer, a big, high resolution monitor with GUIs interacted with by mouse and keyboard is fairly efficient. We have touch screens and whatever and they're really not efficient because moving a hand 10" takes longer than swiping a mouse 0.5".
Or to put this succinctly, you want to MINIMIZE the number of interactions for a desired input.
Space Jam - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - linkAlso you want to minimize the time the interactions take.
...after the colossal trainwrecks that are Kinekt and Win8, you'd think Microsoft would get that their 'forward thinking' attitudes towards UI are terribly misled and they should let companies not led by robots try innovating in UI.
Then again, if MS isn't attempting innovation it's copying others in a pathetic cashgrab and that's how we ended up with Bing and Winphone.
Ooh! I've got an idea for MS. How about an innovative new Windows release that isn't busy selling user information for ad revenue?
I noticed something else but it deserves its own comment chain.
JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - linkIt seems that despite the massive layoffs when Satya Nadella took over for Steve Ballmer, the lizard-people responsible for Kinect and Windows 8's UI disaster somehow maintained their jobs into the Nadella era.
xthetenth - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - linkDear Humans,
If you're the humans, then who's buying and using all these lovely tablets with touch screens and styli we're making? They're fantastic customers, and it makes sense to target them regardless of whether they are something other than humans capable of engaging with UI design mechanics.
MrSpadge - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - link"beyond the GUI and mouse and keyboard" does not have to mean touch screen. And I don't think you honestly want them not to discuss and evaluate new things.
Space Jam - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - link>12:02PM EDT - Terry back on stage discussing Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
Blah blah UWP advantages Windows store good blah.
>12:11PM EDT - devs struggle using WIndows as the home dev box
>12:11PM EDT - Now moving on to hosted web apps
>12:15PM EDT - bash brings the power of open source command line tools to Windows
>12:13PM EDT - Bash should help devs who rely on open source frameworks
I am literally without words. How can MS be so lacking in self-awareness?
The problem with Windows is its not a good open source platform...right after they display a proprietary store's advantages and why it's so great and going to be pushed further.
>12:25PM EDT - Windows 10 is the best platform for Game Developers
I am feeling emotionally assaulted by this stupidity.
Good job MS, you keep up with the propaganda.