My mom thinks I’m a technological genius because I increased the font size on her monitor. I may not be a tech genius, but I am a tech enthusiast, and I’m good at identifying real genius when I see it. The three days I spent at Build 2015 were three days of watching teams wield their technological magic to bring the future into the present.
By now you’ve probably heard the buzz about the many exciting announcements from Build. There were a lot of takeaways I believe partners will find useful, so here’s a recap of some resources – about and from some genius teams and individuals – you might find useful:
Universal Windows Platform
David Treadwell wrote a blog called “Expanding the Universal Windows Platform at Build 2015.” As he says in the blog, “With Windows 10, we’ve made it easier to build mobile experiences that cross device boundaries…” – with a single codebase, your apps will not only run on phones, tablets and PCs, but also Xbox One, HoloLens, and a whole range of new device families. Plus, your apps that already exist for Android and iOS can be made into Universal Windows 10 apps with just a few tweaks. And more great news for partners: the Windows Store makes it easy for you to publish, market and profit from your apps.
If you’re planning to develop or are already developing apps as part of your business, the new Windows Store is making it easier for you to market your app, says Todd Brix in his blog “Distributing Windows Apps to the World.” A unified search and recommendations engine and expanded payment options for a global audience will simplify how users find and purchase apps – which is great, since the Store will be available in 242 markets worldwide. Buyers will enjoy a one-stop-shop with the security of Microsoft certification. The Business Store for Windows 10 will allow large-volume purchases and simple distribution and management of software throughout the purchaser’s business. Check out all the details of subscription support, single submission flow for Universal Windows apps, ads-in-apps enhancements, and more in Todd’s blog.
All the demos at Build were amazing, but the keynote showcase of HoloLens was breathtaking. Be sure to read Todd Holmdahl’s blog post “Build 2015: A closer look at the Microsoft HoloLens hardware” for slightly more detail than, “Wow, that’s totally cool,” which is what I kept saying to the poor guy next to me. Holographic computing is set to transform the world, and with Windows 10, your app can be turned into a hologram. As Todd says in his blog, “holograms are Windows universal apps, and all Windows universal apps can be made to work as holograms,” so be sure to check out how you now have “all you need to create, consume, and share holographic experiences” and help change the world.
The announcements just kept coming at Build 2015, and one eagerly awaited moment was the announcement of the official name of what had been “Project Spartan” – the all-new Windows 10 browser. Microsoft Edge comes with a host of productivity enhancements, including having Cortana there to assist you, plus the ability to choose reading mode (a stripped-down version of the article for distraction-free reading) and to write directly on Web pages, then save and share them. See more details and watch the video on Jennifer Chen’s blog, “Microsoft Edge, the new Windows 10 browser, is announced at Build 2015.”
Another announcement that could greatly increase your and your team’s productivity involved the Windows 10 feature called “Continuum.” With Continuum, you can turn your mobile phone into a full PC desktop by docking it with a monitor and keyboard. Suddenly you have the convenience of viewing multiple windows and access to the software you need to be productive. Watch Joe Belfiore’s demo on how you can “unleash a PC experience” from your Windows phone.
There was a great deal more to learn, see, and experience at Build 2015 than there is room for in this blog, so if you weren’t able to attend Build 2015, check out the Build Tour – a one-day event held in 23 cities. It’s how Microsoft is bringing the Build experience to cities around the world. You can also see the keynotes and session recordings from Microsoft’s own Channel 9.
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