MS Build Speculation

So today I am heading to Seattle for my first Microsoft Build Conference visit. I’ve been to a couple of larger conferences in the past like WWDC and AWS RE:Invent, but I’ve never made it to Build. I figured I would post my first thoughts before the conference on what I expect to hear from Microsoft and see how it turns out.

I have high expectations that a lot of the discussions and announcements will center around Data and AI. This will range from tools and services to make it easier to ingest data from your sources where ever they are. This will be followed with more tools around Machine Learning and the like. Microsoft’s past endeavors in this space have been about democratizing AI and Machine Learning.

I would like to see information about HoloLens 2 personally and where the direction of that platform is going along with more mixed reality stuff but that is more of a personal interest than work related for me.

I expect to see more cross platform tooling to follow the moniker of “Any Developer, Any App, Any Platform.” The fact that I jump platforms on a regular basis this is very beneficial. Visual Studio Code has became my default visual editor (with vim bindings of course). I’d like to see more tooling around building Progressive Web Applications. Based on the session list there will be some content on this topic. I feel that this platform has some potential as long as the vendors can all get along and make it happen correctly and not diverge.

I’m going to be trying to travel light this year. I’m only bringing my iPad Pro and my iPhone. The goal for me is to see if I can do any development through virtual machines in Azure if I want to play with anything. I want to see how light I can travel. I tend to bring a laptop with me all the time and barely use it. We shall see how well I can do this on this trip.

If you are at Microsoft Build this year and want to catch up ping me.

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