Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference has taken off. Of course, the focus revolves around developers and their magic, but manufacturers often announce very interesting products and projects at these events. This conference was not the exception.
Redmond’s giant announced a plethora of news. There’s a little something here for both developers and consumers, so let’s go through them and see what Microsoft is planning for the coming years.
Windows Store getting carrier billing
Well this is exciting! Carrier billing is a very convenient feature, one that app stores usually take a while to adopt. Satya Nadella took the stage at Build and one of the first Windows consumer news we got from him was about this very subject.
Microsoft is working with carriers around the world and is getting ready to offer carrier billing in the Windows Store with 90 carriers. This means users will no longer need a credit card in order to get their awesome content.
Android and iOS apps will work on Windows 10!
The #1 issue with Windows Phone (soon to be Windows 10) is developer support. The platform is awesome, but even the best of operating systems is deemed unusable without a vast array of applications.
Microsoft is making it super easy for developers to port their applications to Windows 10. All they would need to do is bring over their Android or iOS code and have it be used as a “universal app”. It’s similar to what BlackBerry did before, but let’s hope Microsoft’s implementation is better.
Spartan browser’s official name revealed
As cool as “Project Spartan” may sound, we knew that would be a moniker that would fade away in exchange for something much more conventional. Microsoft has finally announced their new browser’s name, which from now on will be known as Microsoft Edge.
This new browser is said to focus on a sleek interface that helps you get more things done without distraction. It will also be optimized for better reading and will take advantage of Cortana’s digital assistant services.
Windows Continuum: turning phones into full computers
This changes everything, guys. I have been dreaming about the day when smartphones can completely replace desktop computers, and it looks like Windows 10 will finally make this happen. Microsoft calls this Windows Continuum, a service that allows you to connect a Windows 10 phone to a monitor via HDMI and use it as a computer.
This makes total sense, as Windows 10 apps are pretty much universal. These applications will adapt to screen sizes, so there should be no real differences. These phones will be running full apps already, yet they would be adapted for the smaller screen.
Microsoft brings its Visual Studio Code to Windows, Mac and Linux
Microsoft (like many others) has been known to be a bit exclusive when supporting its developer tools. These usually only become available for Windows machines, which is why this news completely shocked us today.
It turns out the company’s visual code tool will become available to Mac and Linux users, bringing them support to many languages, debugging and more. It’s a complete tool for coding, and now everyone has access to it.
And .NET Core too!
Coders can also take advantage of .NET Core, a tool that allows developers to create cloud applications. This service is now available as a preview to both Mac and Linux users, and the full release is available for Windows (of course).
Azure expands its services
And the last news meant for developers is the couple of new Azure services being introduced this year. These are called Elastic SQL Database Pools and SQL Data Warehouse.
Azure’s Elastic SQL Database Pools service allows companies to easily manage multiple databases while keeping costs in order. This service will mold to user needs and expand whenever needed, It will treat all databases as a single aggregation, making them much easier to handle.
Meanwhile the Azure SQL Data Wharehouse will give companies access to huge data warehouses. These can be easily expanded depending on the user’s needs, and they can support petabytes of data, for those who need it.