Tickets went on sale for Microsoft’s yearly Build developer conference Tuesday, and the registration website was immediately flooded with takers–so much so, that users trying to sign up experienced technical problems throughout the morning.
Though many devs reported on Twitter that they had successfully registered, some posted complaints that they experienced long waits or needed to refresh the page repeatedly.
By midday, however, the problems seemed to be abating. So if you want to attend Microsoft’s biggest developer event, don’t delay: Build 2016 sold out the same day tickets were released.
Priced at $2,195, the conference will take place May 10-12 in Seattle. Along with technical trainings and hackathons, past conferences have included major announcements about new Microsoft projects and products.
A Microsoft blog post promises Build 2017 will cover the following topics:
Cutting edge, intelligent cloud apps
Simplified end-to-end dev ops experiences
Mobile experiences for nearly any device
Apps that make your customers more productive
AI-powered apps we have yet to imagine
In the wake of highly publicized cyberattacks on big companies, Microsoft on Monday rolled out new security features for its Edge browser. Windows Defender Application Guard, developed for the company’s enterprise customers, will use Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology to isolate potential security threats.
“The threat landscape has changed significantly in recent years,” reads a Microsoft blog post on the new security package, announced at the company’s Ignite conference for IT professionals. “Today, over 90% of attacks use a hyperlink to initiate the attack to steal credentials, install malware, or exploit vulnerabilities.”
Application Guard kicks in when a user visits a site not trusted or recognized by the network administrator, creating a separate copy of Windows 10 that blocks access to sensitive resources including memory, local storage and other installed applications.
The new feature was just one of a number of announcements in the first two days of the Atlanta conference. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a partnership with Adobe that will bring together Redmond’s Azure cloud infrastructure with the former’s marketing software.
Nadella also spoke in detail about Microsoft’s artificial intelligence projects, which now rely on specialized, reprogrammable chips—known as field programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs—designed in-house. He demonstrated how the lightning-fast processing capacity of the chips can translate 3 billion words in less than a tenth of a second.… Read more
DevIntersection, a cross-discipline conference for Microsoft developers, has been growing in size, and this year’s event will include keynote speeches from Microsoft execs Scott Guthrie and Steve Guggenheimer as well as presentations from journalists covering Redmond like Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley.
But of course, the highlight of the event, which takes place Oct. 25-28 in Las Vegas, will be the practical sessions tackling topics in Azure, Visual Studio 2015, ASP.NET, Angular, Xamarin and more. Want to experience ‘A Muggle’s Introduction to XAML Wizardry’ or the ‘Zen of Architecture’? Check out the schedule of optional, full-day pre-conference workshops, which also includes one promising, ‘I Will Make You a Better C# Programmer.’
There’s a big emphasis on emerging technologies, with a separate ‘Emerging Experiences’ track focusing on mixed reality, machine learning and the internet of things. Another track, Anglebrackets, will bring together developers working on open source projects in Angular, Node.js and HTML 5. This is also the first year that IT Edge Intersection, the sister event catering to IT professionals, will be held at the same time and location. Attendees can buy a ticket to one track and cross over to attend sessions in other tracks for free.
Microsoft will host a virtual event on Tuesday, August 30 for developers interested in developing apps for Xbox One.
According to a Microsoft announcement, the event starts at 9:00 Pacific Time and will cover:
What’s new in the Anniversary Update SDK and how to get started with app development for Xbox One
How to get started developing apps using both XAML and Web technologies
How to design and create impressive TV experiences
How to publish your app to the Store and make it available for over 350 Million Windows devices including Xbox
Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative will allow select Xbox One games to be played on PCs, further integrating Xbox with Windows 10 and potentially broadening the market for games. It’s set to launc September 13.
Microsoft has also been wooing developers to the platform. As of this year, developers can now enable Dev Mode on any retail Xbox controller after opening a Dev Center account and installing the latest version of Visual Studio 2015.
Click here for more information about the virtual event and to register. Developers can use the hashtag #XboxAppDev for live Q&A during the event.
Among the most-talked-about news at Google’s I/O conference this week were the announcements of two AI-related projects: Google Assistant, an upgraded digital assistant capable of conducting two-way conversations and performing tasks like ordering movie tickets, and Google Home, a competitor to Amazon’s Echo that would combine home automation with virtual assistance.
Meanwhile, ZDNet leaked that Microsoft is working on its own conversational helpmate, the Bing Concierge Bot. Just as Google’s virtual assistants will make use of that company’s search technology, Microsoft’s—as the name implies—will leverage the wealth of data collected through Bing user searches to make intelligent recommendations on, for example, nearby Italian restaurants that can seat a large party. The company has so far declined to provide more information on the project.
These developments are a sign of the bot wars to come, as technology companies compete to offer the best solutions for a future in which humans interact more naturally with the digital world.
It’s also a future in which, as envisioned by Google and others, virtual assistants are our constant companions, following us from car to office to living room and interfacing with multiple devices.
“The idea is that assistant should really be bound to you and not to a device and it should really transcend the hardware and follow you around,” Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology officer of voice interface technology company Nuance, told WIRED.… Read more
Some highlights of day two of ng-conf 2016:
angular2/coreis now referenced as
@angular/core. This change allows for better use of the ES2015 modules and better optimization when using the offline compiler.
I just finished up the first day of ng-conf 2016 and as usual, it has been a great informative conference. Thanks to the organizers, sponsors, and Angular team members for all your efforts.
Here are some highlights from today:
Microsoft today announced that it has open-sourced the Xamarin SDK for iOS, Android and Mac, making good on a promise it made during Build 2016.
The source code released to the .NET Foundation under the MIT license includes native API bindings for all three platforms, command line tools and Xamarin.Forms, the company’s cross-platform UI framework.
Developers who want to contribute to these projects can get cracking right away by visiting Xamarin’s open source page.
Microsoft made the announcement at Xamarin’s Evolve 2016 developer conference, where it also revealed a number of improvements to Xamarin and Visual Studio that will support better cross-platform development.
Updates to Visual Studio will make it easier for C# developers to create native iOS apps. Developers running Visual Studio on Windows will be able to simulate and interact with their iOS apps without leaving Visual Studio, even deploying and debugging them on iOS devices plugged into their Windows machines.
Xamarin Studio 6 for Mac has a new dark theme and now uses Roslyn, Microsoft’s open source compiler, providing a more consistent environment for developers who switch back and forth between Windows and OS X. Xamarin.Forms also got a number of new features, including real-time previewing of Xamarin.Forms XAML source from within the IDE.… Read more
On Day Two of Build 2016, Microsoft made the announcement that developers have been hoping for since the company acquired Xamarin in February: Xamarin tools will now be free for all Visual Studio users.
Subscribers to both paid and free tiers of Visual Studio will have access, which lowers considerably the cost of developing native apps for iOS and Android in C# using Xamarin.
Microsoft also said it will soon open-source Xamarin SDKs for Android, iOS and Mac. “This includes native API-bindings and the basic command-line tools necessary to develop mobile apps,” Xamarin’s Nat Friedman further explained in a blog post. “It also includes our popular cross-platform native UI toolkit, Xamarin.Forms.”
There’s also a faster, lightweight install option. Microsoft cautions not to install VS 15 on your production environment, as it’s unsupported.… Read more