1. Microsoft Build 2017 to begin today: 5 things Windows users should expect from the event

Microsoft Build 2017 to begin today: 5 things Windows users should expect from the event

Global technology major Microsoft will host its annual Build developers conference for 2017 in Seattle. The conference will go on for three days and will run till May 12. The first keynote will begin at 8:30 PM according to Indian time.

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Microsoft Windows developer conference could be aimed at rolling out plans for its flagship operating system Windows 10, the Microsoft Office, and the AI assistant Cortana.

Global technology major Microsoft will host its annual Build developers conference for 2017 in Seattle. The conference will go on for three days and will run till May 12. The first keynote will begin at 8:30 PM according to Indian time. The Windows developer conference could be aimed at rolling out plans for its flagship operating system Windows 10, the Microsoft Office, and the AI assistant Cortana. While there have been rumours that Microsoft could also be launching some new Surface hardware but mainly the event is directed to attract developers to the company’s platforms. The Microsoft Build developers’ conference can be live streamed on build.microsoft.com.

Here is a list of top 5 announcements which we expect to be made at the Build conference:

Windows 10

Earlier, Microsoft had confirmed that the Windows 10 OS will be getting two updates per year. The next update will come in September 2017. The company had started rolling out the Windows 10 Creator’s Update in April this year. But due to some unfortunate bugs, Microsoft started warning users to not install the update until their personal devices prompt them to do so. In the last Build conference, Microsoft had unveiled the first look of the Creator’s Update. This year, according to various reports, the new OS has been codenamed as ‘Redstone 3’. The company also recently revealed Windows 10 S, with a plan to get more desktop apps into the Windows Store. According to reports in technology websites, the company will introduce new features like upgrades to the Edge browser, contacts, Office, and improved power management. The Windows user interface will also get updated. Earlier, pictures of Project Neon were leaked which means that transparent effects could be returning to the Windows OS.

Cortana-powered speakers with Harman Kardon

In an attempt to catch up with Amazon and Google, Microsoft will try to make an entry into the AI-powered home speaker segment. The device is being developed by Samsung owned Harman Kardon. Microsoft’s speaker will be called ‘Invoke’. The all new smart speaker, according to pictures on the website, appears to have been designed like the Amazon Echo. The Invoke will be powered by Cortana. The device will reportedly have the ability to make and receive calls via Skype.

Harman Kardon Invoke featuring Cortana.

HoloLens

Microsoft, with HoloLens, is playing big in the mixed reality segment. We will possibly be hearing some updates around this, with some onstage demonstration. The HoloLens platform was opened to developers in 2016. It was available for developers to pre-order for around $3000.

 

Office suite and EDGE

We can expect some dramatic new features and updates on the Microsoft’s blue-eyed programme, that is MS Office Suite. It might also see an entry into the Windows 10 Store. Additionally, the company is expected to provide details on the future of Microsoft Edge at the conference. While Microsoft supports many third party applications but they haven’t found a place in the Windows Store yet. We can also expect to see some announcements which broaden the scope for developers on the platform.

Surface devices

Microsoft has been continuously hinting at new smartphones. However, there have been reports that the hardware may not find a place in this year’s edition of the build. It is expected that the company will host an event in Shanghai on May 23rd, and it may be launching a refreshed Surface Pro 4 there. Reports suggest that the device will be branded as the ‘Surface Pro’. Interestingly, in an interview with CNET, Microsoft’s VP for Surface Devices Panos Panay said: “there’s no such thing as a Pro 5”

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