At its annual developer conference, Microsoft announces the empowerment for Windows, iOS, Android, Mac and Linux developers with new toolkits, tools, cloud and productivity services designed to allow them to reach billions of new customers.
Windows 10 Offers Developers Unique Scale and Innovation Opportunities
New toolkits will enable more developers to reach Windows 10 customers, using one universal Windows Store and one codebase for all Windows 10 devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Microsoft HoloLens, Surface Hub, and, soon, Xbox One and Raspberry Pi. These toolkits will enable developers to bring their code for web, .NET, Win32, iOS and Android to Windows Store in Windows 10 with minimal code modifications.
Windows Store will offer a single unified experience for Windows 10 customers across devices and make finding great content easier than ever – across apps, games, music, video and other content. Transactions will take advantage of a range of popular payment options including; carrier billing through 88 mobile operator billing connections, credit cards, AliPay, gift cards and even Bitcoin. USA Today, WeChat, Disney, NASA, Netflix and Twitter are a few of the partners referenced in the keynote already building apps for the Windows Store.
The company also showcased innovations with the new Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge (formerly code named “Project Spartan”); demonstrated how Continuum will let people use their phones as PCs for productivity through easy connections to a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, or entertainment via connection to big screen experiences*; and announced Cortana integration into apps.
Showcasing the overall breadth of the Windows opportunity for developers, the company declared its ambition to have one billion active Windows 10+ devices in its FY18.
Microsoft shared the progress it has made in fewer than 100 days since unveiling Microsoft HoloLens – the world’s first untethered holographic computer powered by Windows 10 – and showcased how customers like Trimble, Case Western and Cleveland Clinic are using this innovative new technology.
Azure and Visual Studio Help Developers Build Intelligent Apps on Multiple Platforms and Devices
Microsoft previewed Azure SQL Database elastic databases which offer ISV’s and developers the ability to price and scale elastically across large pools of databases so they can cost effectively offset resource consumption. To help developers manage massive datasets Microsoft released a preview of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, the industry’s first enterprise-class cloud data warehouse that can grow, shrink, or pause in seconds. Microsoft also introduced Azure Data Lake, an open and massively scalable data repository that supports petabyte size files and provides high speed integration with Azure HDInsight, Azure Machine Learning, Cloudera and Hortonworks to quickly derive insights from vast amounts of data.
To help every developer be more productive, Microsoft announced new best-in-class tools and runtimes for multiple platforms and devices. In preview on Windows, Mac and Linux, Visual Studio Code is a free code-focused editor optimized for web and cloud applications. Furthering its work with open source and .NET communities, Microsoft released a preview of the .NET Core for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate, which makes it easier for developers to build and deploy applications to Windows, Linux, iOS and Android platforms.
Office gives developers opportunities to reach more users and build intelligent solutions
Microsoft introduced more ways for developers to reach 1.2 billion Office users, including the new Office Graph API, expanded add-in capabilities for the iPad and Outlook, and unified APIs. The Office Graph API allows customers and developers to access, add to, and build with the Office Graph, an intelligent store of Office 365 user, service and relationship data. Unified APIs across OneNote, Outlook and OneDrive, combined with the Office Graph will enable developers to help consumers and organizations take advantage of some of their most valuable and useful data.
Shows: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (APRIL 29, 2015) (WAGGENER EDSTROM COMMUNICATIONS FOR MICROSOFT – ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITES) (English) SATYA NADELLA, MICROSOFT, CEO, SAYING:
Bite #1 – “It is our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.”
Bite #2 – “Windows 10 represents a new generation of Windows built for an era of more personal computing, from Rasperi Pi to the Holographic computer, where the mobility of the experience is what matters not the mobility of the device.”
Bite #3 – “We are opening up the office user experience for all of your applications in fundamental ways.”
Bite #4 – (a demor on stage with Satya, not Satya’s voice here) – “So here is an add in that Uber has built that I can set an uber ride reminder to show up ahead of time and make sure I get to where I need to go.”
Bite #5 – “This fundamental platform shift of Office, where the users, the one billion plus users of Office are available for you as developers. The symantically rich graph that is available for you to consume and extend and to drive additional engagement through intelligence we believe is going to change the very fundamental nature of what Office is.”
Bite #6 – “At the core of our company is empowerment, empowering us all.”
2. (SOUNDBITES) (English) TERRY MYERSON, EVP, OPERATING SYSTEMS GROUP, SAYING:
Bite #1 – “Now the third technology I am announcing today will enable developers to reuse nearly all of the Java and C ++ code from an Android Phone app to create apps for phones running Windows 10.”
Bite #2 – “So today we are announcing that you will be able to compile the same objective c code that’s being used in iOS applications within Visual Studio or on Windows.”
3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOE BELFIORE, CVP, OPERATING SYSTEMS GROUP, SAYING:
Bite #1 – (sign comes up that reads Microsoft Edge) (clapping) – “Microsoft Edge is the browser built for Windows 10 and it will be available on the widest range of Windows 10 devices and for us the name refers to the idea of being on the edge of consuming and creating.”
4. (SOUNDBITES) (English) ALEX KIPMAN, TECHNICAL FELLOW, MICROSOFT, SAYING:
Bite #1 – “Windows Holographic embraces this notion of experiencing life in three dimensions, by mixing digital content right into your world right into your life.”
Bite #2 – (this isn’t Alex, it’s someone demoing on stage with him) – “So all I need to say is follow me , now wherever I go in my house my entertainment tags along.”
Bite #3 – (not Alex, same demo person) – “I simply place it and I can scale it as big as I want (clapping).”
Bite #4 – (not Alex, demo person on stage) – “B15 wake up, say hello to the real B15, because every Windows 10 device has APIs for human and environment understanding.”
5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTT GUTHRIE, EVP, CLOUD AND ENTERPRISE GROUP, SAYING:
Bite #1 – “The opportunity to build applications that can change the world has never been greater. Each of you now has access to cloud resources that were unimaginable just a few years ago. There’s never been a better time to be a developer.”