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Microsoft Build 2020: The Highlights

Google and Facebook may have cancelled their tech conferences this year but Microsoft Build 2020, went ahead regardless. However, in place of gathering at the original ‘Cloud City’, Seattle, the event took place online, and in the words of Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of communications at Microsoft:

“The response received from our community of developers looking to learn, connect and code at Microsoft Build 2020 has been overwhelming, and quite frankly humbling. This will likely be our biggest event ever… not just for Build, but for all the events that Microsoft holds. Wow.”

Hosting Build 2020 virtually, led to over 230,000 registrations and the speed Microsoft adapted was remarkable.

Building Microsoft Build 2020: a behind-the-scenes look at #MSBuild

Microsoft streamed Build 2020 in parallel to allow for different time zones. Attendees were able to actively participate. The format was more like a live meeting, moving from one house to another house. And for those of us who live for all thing’s tech and Microsoft, it was as close as we will ever get to ‘chilling’ with the Microsoft team. They even introduced a keynote but rather than strike a balance between consumer and developer, they weighed heavily on the latter, and rightly so. This year’s event had a lot more announcements and news for developers than it did about consumer products.

Microsoft 365: Lists

Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of Experiences and Devices at Microsoft, shares what’s new in Microsoft 365

Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of Experiences and Devices at Microsoft, shares what’s new in Microsoft 365.

The biggest announcement for Microsoft 365 was the introduction of a new tool called Microsoft Lists. A productivity focused application that helps users track and organise information. It is easy to use, intuitive and highly customisable. Release date is for later summer 2020.

Artificial Intelligence: Trust and Transparency

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud + AI Group, talks with Julia White, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure, and Gerri Martin-Flickinger, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Starbuck

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud + AI Group, talks with Julia White, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure, and Gerri Martin-Flickinger, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Starbucks.

Trust and transparency in AI and machine leaning-powered models and solutions are key, and Microsoft used Build 2020 to announce its plan to build and enhance, through partnerships and open-source tools.

Responsible ML capabilities in Azure Machine Learning help developers and data scientists to understand (with interpretability and fairness), protect (with differential privacy and confidential ML) and control (with audit trail and datasheets) the end-to-end ML process.

Find out more in this blog, Build AI you can trust with responsible ML, over on the Microsoft Azure blogsite.

Features, new tools, and integrations for Developers announced at Microsoft Build 2020

Microsoft Build 2020, Visual Studio Code title header.

To promote collaboration between Developers who often work isolated, Microsoft has introduced a new chat and audio support feature in Visual Studio Code and it is due to land soon.

A new Microsoft Teams Toolkit extension is also now available to download.

Cloud Supercomputer

Cartoon image to depict Cloud Supercomputer announced

Microsoft has built one of the top five publicly disclosed supercomputers in the world, making a new infrastructure available in Azure to train extremely large artificial intelligence models, read more here.

Maciej Obojski, senior developer at Seaton Partners, comments: “Build 2020 placed a huge emphasis on the Power Platform – this time however, not solely targeted at ‘Citizen Developers’, but at professional developers and how we can use our day to day tools to extend the low code/no code platform.

Summary slide from Build 2020 and the growth of apps

“The sessions on DevOps as a culture of working and how to arrange remote workspace to effectively manage projects and teams were really useful. It was pleasing to see Seaton Partners adhere to most Microsoft guidelines.

“The highlight of the event was seeing presenters using the code tools on screen. It was as close to hands on as it gets”.

You can read blogs and view video from the all-virtual 2020 event over on the Microsoft website, here.

If you’d like to discuss any of the above with the team then please get in touch.