Microsoft Build conference will start today in Seattle at 11 AM EST, which is around 8.30 pm Indian Standard Time, and the focus will be on Windows 10, Cortana, and software. Microsoft is not expected to make any Surface hardware related announcement at the event. The company had recently announced the Surface Laptop, which is powered by Windows 10 S operating system. So what will be the key announcements at Microsoft Build? Here’s a quick look.
Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 10 will get two updates in a year, and the next one is scheduled for September. The Creators Update started rolling out April, though Microsoft has warned people not to install this until their device prompts them to do the same. Microsoft gave a first look at the Creators Update in the last Build conference, and according to reports this next build of the OS is codenamed “Redstone 3.”
According to reports, Microsoft will unveil new features like improvements to the Edge browser, Office, the ability to pin contacts to the top, and better power management. Windows UI will also get revamped and images of Project Neon were leaked as well, which show transparent effects will be making a return to the Windows OS.
Bots and Artificial intelligence
This is a given since Microsoft talked about bots at the last Build as well. Artificial intelligence is another focus area for all the big players, from Google to Amazon, and expect Microsoft to talk about this at the Build Conference.
Ahead of the Build conference, Microsoft has announced the ‘Invoke’ smart speaker. The device is being developed by Harman Kardon ( a subsidiary of Samsung). The Invoke, a voice-activated speaker provides 360-degree audio – and a cylindrical shape, like Amazon Echo. And, of course, the smart speaker is powered by Microsoft’s Cortana assistant. Plus it will have the ability to make and receive calls through Skype. The device is currently exclusive to the US market and will be made available for sale later this year. Pricing details haven’t been announced, but we could hear more about the Invoke at the Build developers conference.
Microsoft’s HoloLens is the company’s big project on mixed reality, and we are likely to hear some updates around this. HoloLens platform was made open to developers last year, the device was available for developers to pre-order for around $3000.
No Surface Pro 5
It doesn’t look like Microsoft will have any announcements related to the Surface Pro at the Build conference In an interview to CNET, Microsoft’s VP for Surface Devices Panos Panay said “there’s no such thing as a Pro 5”, and it won’t be launching till they can make some meaningful change to the device.