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Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)The Head of Microsoft Satya Nadella started the company's presentation with the words about his optimism and hopes that technology can be a driver of economic growth all around the world.

He also said a lot about cloud technologies and their extraordinary importance.

Since the event was intended for developers, the major announcements concerned the Windows software’s enhancements. It should be noted, that during the presentation no attention was paid to smartphones on which, perhaps, the company is working on at the moment.

During the presentation, it was also stated that more than 270 million computers are already running Windows 10, and an update of Windows Anniversary Update will be available in the summer.

The Notes application, like Cortana, will determine the location and the installation of the reminder time. After all, 72% of people still use pen and paper and do it for an hour a day or even more. The ink is a kind of platform.

At the heart of Windows Ink technology lies the new idea of the classical pen. For example, the user will be able simply to draw a line between two points in order to find the route.

According to the developers, it will be possible to get directions even in the mountains. In Adobe Illustrator, the users will also be able to use this technology.

In other words, in many applications the user will be able to write, draw pictures and lines with his hand exactly in the same way as he was accustomed to do with the ordinary pen.
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

It's high time to talk about a universal platform for Windows. For more than 30 years, Windows has been the platform, open for hardware and software development partners. With the advent of Universal Windows platform nothing will be changed.

The applications Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger will soon appear in the Windows Store.

The company wants developers to be able to easily integrate Ink technology into their applications. Therefore, Microsoft offers the developers a simple way to support this technology - just a few lines of code.
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

Cortana for Android-based phones will be the users’ assistant. Surprisingly enough, during the presentation which lasted almost two hours, almost nothing has been said about the Windows Phone. However, towards the end of the presentation Lillian Rincon of the Skype team remembered about it, demonstrating the possibility of a popular communication application on it.

Today comes out Visual Studio 2016 Update 2. In addition, the Windows Store will support Web applications. «Bash shell» will also be supported by Windows. The code for Ubuntu Linux code will be run on Windows thanks to the partnership of software giant with Canonical.

Bourne Again Shell is a Linux command line, used in various ways. Thus, the command line, familiar to Linux users, and OS X, comes to Windows as well.
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

Microsoft has also created a converter able to convert the old applications for the desktop computers in the version, compatible with the platform Universal. The converter converts to the new application installation .exe or .msi file.

Windows will become more attractive for developers who are creating their applications for different platforms.
One can run Android emulator with the Windows emulator.

The project Xbox Manager Phil Spencer noted that the universal platform Windows allows the developers to create games that will run on all devices with Windows 10.
Microsoft has transformed “Age of Empires II HD” from Steam in modern applications.

This will enable to move to the Windows Store many old favorite users’ games. Xbox developer can work in developer’s mode, thus becoming a tool for the programmer - not only the game console.

With Windows 10 2016 update, Cortana will finally come to Xbox One. More information on the update possibilities will be given at E3 in June 2016.
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

HoloLens will become the exclusive technology for Windows 10. Japan Airlines, VW, Saab, Volvo, Audi, NASA, Autodesk, Lowe and others create applications for this innovative platform. The technology can be used in the study of anatomy, including brain anatomy, directly in the classroom.

NASA uses this technology to create application for astronauts’ and engineers’ support on the space station. HoloLens sets will be delivered on the day of the presentation.

Satya Nadella also delighted those present saying, that it became possible to teach computers human language to such an extent, that the communication has become clear to them. It is important that the user’s interaction with the computer equipment is carried out in plain language, not in a special computer’s language. Microsoft wants to create digital assistants, making the ordinary human language a new users’ interface.

The bots will become new applications and digital assistants - new metapplications or new browsers. Initially, it is created for Windows, but not limited only to it.
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

Of course, the announcements of this presentation are more interesting to the professionals, but it is also crucial for ordinary users to know how one of the most innovative companies in the world sees the further development of digital technology.

Cortana responds to 1 million voice questions per day. Cortana on the lock screen will be included into Window 10 Anniversary Update. A new version of Outlook will also appear in Windows 10. There will be probably an integrated calendar and Cortana.

It will be possible, for example, to ask it to send a fragment of PowerPoint presentation on which the user was working the last night. After all, Cortana knows, what the user was working on at a specific time.
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

Every month, Skype is used by three hundred million users. Each day it carries out 3 billion voice calls. How attractive would be Skype, if you integrate bots, animations, videos and holograms in it? Cortana will highlight the key moments of Skype communications.

Business users will be able to take advantage of bots that communicate with the user and Cortana, for example, to order hotel rooms. Cortana will be able even to communicate with friends instead of users. The developers will be able to create bots, and the users can access to them from the date of the presentation.

And this is just the beginning - the intellectual possibilities of virtual communication will appear in Skype for HoloLens.
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

Microsoft believes that bots present the future for applications and services. Cortana will be the basis of a new approach in the same way as .NET was. «Microsoft bot» is required by the developers in order to create the bots, able to communicate.

All proposed bots’ codes can be added to Slack or Skype. Maybe in the future a bot will be able to order a pizza in office. The bots also support SMS, which is important for developing markets and all mobile devices.

Lily Chen told the participants what is in the basis of bots’ intelligence. There is a set of instructions, as well as the user’s interface, which read them. Thus, if the user, for example, asks to order a pizza, using a distant from literary, spoken language, the bot will understand what is all about, because it uses a dictionary of synonyms. A bot is also able to learn. The cognitive Microsoft services were also explained during the event.

For developers engaged in this direction, 22 API were prepared. They are learning machine API, which the developers will be able to incorporate into their applications. The speech into text conversion system will be able to understand what the child says, and convert it into a meaningful text. The applications can determine not only the face but also the gender, age and emotions of the user.
Microsoft BUILD Conference 2016: Virtual ink, policy of openness and nothing about smartphones (PHOTO)

One of the members of the Microsoft, Sahib, lost his sight at the age of seven, but thanks to the company's engineers, the phone application can detect the objects around the person.

It should be noted that recently, the history of Windows 10 updates is available for everybody. The new processors will only support the new Microsoft operating system. Sooner or later, upgrading to Windows 10 will become inevitable for all users, except, of course, those, who prefer OS X or Linux.

Alexandr Shalupina

Translated by Maria Kryzhanovska
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