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Reflections on BUILD: Microsoft BUILD 2015 in San Francisco, CA

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Build 2015 was held at the Moscone Center (West) in San Francisco from April 29 to May 1, 2015.  This is the first BUILD conference after Satya Nadella became the CEO of Microsoft. Registration fee is $2095, and opened at 9:00am PST on Thursday, January 22 and “sold out” in under an hour. Build attendees received a free HP Spectre x360 ultrabook.

In BUILD 2015, Microsoft announced a lot of new ground-breaking products

Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile

HoloLens and Windows Holographic

Windows Server 2016

Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio Code

Build 2015 Day 1 Keynote Presentation
Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella describes Microsoft’s opportunity to Build the Intelligent Cloud, Reinvent productivity and business process and create more personal computing. Scott Guthrie explains how Microsoft’s Azure is poised to create the Intelligent Cloud. Satya explains how Microsoft Office is evolving to reinvent productivity. Terry Myerson explained how Windows 10 will create more personal computing with new bridges to enable developers to evolve their code into Windows 10 to enable phones, tablets, desktop, Xbox and Holograms.

BUILD 2015 Day 2 Keynote Presentation
Microsoft’s Chief Technical Evangelist, Steve Guggenheimer and Chief Geek, John Shewchuk drilled deeper into the concepts explained in day 1 by providing coding deep dives. Media and entertainment reinvention were seen with Muzik Official’s Bluetooth wireless drumsticks, Acumatica’s use of Power BI illustrated how to rethink reporting. New open source projects Vorlon and Manifold.JS were introduced. David Treadwell and Kevin Gallo showed how to build a universal Windows App and gave a peek at the code required to move Android and iOS apps forward. Joseph Sirosh described the connected cow, talked about machine learning with March Madness and Genomics and brought How-Old.Net to the mainstream. Briana Roberts and Aidan Brady introduced a Minecraft modding project to Visual Studio using Java.

There are over 200 recorded sessions in BUILD 2015.  You can watch them here.


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