I write this editorial from the Moscone Center in San Francisco where I am lucky enough to be hosting a group of fifteen kiwi developers at //build/ (Microsoft’s annual developer conference).
This morning in the keynote, I watched as Satya reaffirmed Microsoft’s strategy: to reinvent productivity and empower everyone on the planet to do more and achieve more.
Satya made this real for me as he centered this strategy around Microsoft as a developer and platform company, and set forth to change the way developers think about Microsoft.
Scott Guthrie announced a collection of exciting updates to Azure, this following on from the news that Microsoft has invested funding and support in the Kiwi ISV VMob. Scott Hanselman went deeper on the announcement of Visual Studio Code: a free code-optimized editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Mark Russinovich demonstrated the Docker Engine running successfully on Windows Server.
Terry Myerson shared our bold goal to see Windows 10 on one billion devices within the next three years, all supported by a single store.
Today, we saw how Continuum for phones enables Universal Windows apps to expand the app experience across both the small and the large screen. We also saw how the same universal apps can be presented as holograms that can follow you when you walk and be used by Kiwi engineers to plan their next construction project.
To top all this off, Terry introduced the new web browser Microsoft Edge, and announced four new SDKs to build apps for Windows 10, which enable developers to: start with an existing code base, integrate with the Universal Windows Platform capabilities, and then distribute their new application through the Windows Store. The code bases enabled by these SDKs are:
- .Net and Win32
- Android Java/C++ (Project Astoria)
- iOS Objective C (Project Islandwood)
Try Windows 10 for yourself: on your PC, on your phone, or on your Raspberry Pi 2.
If you are building apps for Windows 10 make sure that you check out the Windows 10 design guidelines and give feedback to the team on their design work.
If you like what you see here, I encourage you to watch the keynote and reserve your place at the //build/ Tour event in Auckland on Saturday May 30th (places are limited).