Microsoft Build 2020, Summarised

Posted on May 19, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Dev, Microsoft with 0 Comments

Microsoft just kicked off its annual developer conference, Build 2020. The event is taking place over the next 48 hours, and needless to say, there is going to be a lot of new stuff being announced at the event.

You can, of course, watch the keynotes live to see all the new products and services that are being announced, but we already have all of the announcements, so here are some of the major new things being announced at Build 2020. Just to be clear, this does not include most of the Azure-related announcements.

Windows

Microsoft is announcing a bunch of new things for Windows developers at Build 2020. The company is not revealing any new features for consumers, but there are some key announcements for developers:

  • Project Reunion: Microsoft’s new vision for unifying Windows 10 app development that decouples existing and new Win32/UWP APIs from the OS. As part of Project Reunion, Microsoft is releasing the first preview of WinUI 3.0.
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux: WSL is getting support for running Linux GUI apps in Windows 10, as well as support for GPU compute workflows, and a quicker way to install WSL in Windows.
  • Windows Package Manager: Windows 10 is getting its own, built-in package manager in the OS that will make it significantly quicker and easier to install software on your PC.
  • Windows Terminal 1.0: Windows Terminal, Microsoft’s modern command-line application, is hitting 1.0. The app is now available for enterprise use.

Microsoft 365

For Microsoft 365, there are a number of new things being revealed at Build 2020, including:

  • Microsoft Lists: a new Microsoft 365 app for businesses to track issues, manage inventory, and more, with dedicated apps and tight Teams integration.
  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams is getting support for custom templates, Power platform integration for new automation capabilities, and new Visual Studio (both the regular Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code) extensions to improve Teams apps development.
  • Fluid Framework: Microsoft is revealing the first way for users to experience the new Fluid Framework in Microsoft 365 with Fluid Workspaces and Components. It’s also open-sourcing the entire framework.

Others

  • Microsoft Supercomputer: Microsoft partnership with OpenAI has come into fruition, with the company revealing a new supercomputer built for AI at Scale. The new supercomputer is powered by more than 285,000 CPU cores, 10,000 GPUs and 400 gigabits per second network connectivity for each of the GPU servers.
  • Microsoft Edge: Microsoft Edge is getting new Pinterest integration, Automatic Profile Switching, Sidebar Search, and a newly revamped Add-ons store.
  • HoloLens 2: Microsoft’s holographic computer is coming to new parts of Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia this Fall.
  • Visual Studio Live Share: Microsoft is adding the ability to share running apps in Visual Studio Live Share, and it’s also adding built-in chat and calling functionality to the IDEs.

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