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Microsoft Build 2015 live blog

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is delivering a live keynote presentation from the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, where he will have to sell developers on the future of Windows.

  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:01:20 PM
    "How many people have heard of Linux?" Russinovich asks, jokingly.
  • Nate Ralph 4/29/2015 4:02:33 PM
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:02:33 PM
    Russinovch has a container named "Prickly Wozniak." Take that as it will.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:03:24 PM
    People are clapping, and only developers know why. Russinovich exits and Guthrie is back.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:06:46 PM
    As to be expected, Guthrie is maintaining the heavy developer-speak here. Talking about the versatility of Azure for a variety of businesses, like Minnesota-based multinational 3M.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:08:09 PM
    Guthrie is bringing Scott Hanselman, Microsoft's principal program manager, onstage to show off more Azure features.
  • Nate Ralph 4/29/2015 4:08:46 PM
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:09:05 PM
    Hanselman is talking about the maker movement, the upswell in do-it-yourself electronics, robotics and other engineering disciplines using micro-computers like the Raspberry Pi and 3D printers to build some amazing new stuff -- really quickly.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:10:12 PM
    Hanselman, too, has some code onscreen. This time it's web development, talking about building products that communicate across devices, from websites to tablet applications.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:11:57 PM
    For those interested in some recent developments on Azure, Mary Jo Foley of our our sister site ZDNet has a comprehensive breakdown of how Microsoft is combining key Azure app-development tools:

    Microsoft integrates three cloud services into a new unified Azure app-development service | ZDNet

    ZDNetMicrosoft is combining Azure Websites, Mobile Services and BizTalk Services into a new bundle for developers building all kinds of cross-platform apps.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:14:10 PM
    "We've got Web apps, we've got mobile applications, and those are talking to APIs in the back-end. Those API apps can be written by me or written by a third-party," Hanselman says. Now talking about new, so-called "logic" applications.
  • Nate Ralph 4/29/2015 4:14:27 PM
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:15:51 PM
    There are a lot of developers here who are watching Hanselman intently and with great interest. Always a good reminder that events like Build are called developers conferences for a reason.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:16:15 PM
    "I feel that perhaps I haven't sufficiently blown your mind," Hanselman says. He wrong about that, for some of us.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:17:25 PM
    "I'm really, really happy to announce that Visual Studio Code supports Mac, PC, Linux, dozens of languages out of the box," Hanselman says, to cheers from the crowd.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:18:44 PM
    Visual Studio Code, a free cross-platform code editor, is a first for Apple's Mac platform.
  • Nate Ralph 4/29/2015 4:18:44 PM
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:19:35 PM
    Hanselamn just a got a notification on his Microsoft Band wristband notifying him that his 3D-printed figure was ready.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:21:01 PM
    "Our mission with Visual Studio is to provide best-of-class tools for every developer," Guthrie says, who returns to the stage following Hanselman.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:21:18 PM
    Visual Studio Code will be available today, Guthrie says.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:23:07 PM
    Guthrie is making a pitch for the future of Microsoft, which is increasingly looking to online services -- not one-time licensing -- as the future of selling software.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:23:48 PM
    The Azure platform embodies that, and Microsoft's cloud division is the fastest-growing group of businesses at the company. It's also the division Satya Nadella oversaw before he became CEO.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:25:50 PM
    Database-as-a-service has perhaps the craziest acronym (DBaaS) of all the as-a-service acronyms.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:26:41 PM
    We're seeing a video now about Azure customers.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:27:51 PM
    Microsoft featured Esri, a mapping software company, that uses Azure to scale its services in times of disaster relief.
  • Nate Ralph 4/29/2015 4:29:35 PM
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:29:38 PM
    We're hitting the 40 percent mark of Microsoft's Build keynote and we're still talking Azure, which shows you how much the company wants to communicate the importance of cloud computing.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:30:27 PM
    Lara Rubbelke, Microsoft's principle software development engineer, is onstage now talking about machine learning to help manage databases.
  • Nate Ralph 4/29/2015 4:31:13 PM
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:35:05 PM
    "We're in a unique world right now around the expectations people have for smart apps," Guthrie says, taking back the stage.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:37:08 PM
    Guthrie says there are two new Azure services launching. The first is SQL Data Warehouse, which can store petabytes of data. We're getting a video -- with a British accent, naturally.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:39:02 PM
    "Apparently Apple doesn't have a lock on creamy British voices in event promo videos." --CNET's Ben Fox Rubin.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:42:24 PM
    Guthrie wrapping up the SQL Data Warehouse overview, now onto to Internet of Things, a kind of catch-all term for the notion that nearly every device in our lives with be fitted with sensors and connected through a network.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:43:28 PM
    Even NFL video platform Thundercloud runs on Azure, Guthrie says.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:44:05 PM
    We're seeing demo images of connected vending machines being able to feed data to databases and analytic services.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:44:40 PM
    The second of the two Azure announcements: Azure Data Lake service. The service will store and manage infinite data, Guthrie says.
  • Nate Ralph 4/29/2015 4:45:35 PM
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:46:13 PM
    Guthrie just dropped the term, exabyte, which means:

    "... a multiple of the unit byte for digital information. The prefix exa indicates multiplication by the sixth power of 1000 (1018) in the International System of Units (SI). Therefore one exabyte is one quintillion bytes (short scale)."

    That's a lot of data, I take it.
  • Nate Ralph 4/29/2015 4:48:32 PM
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:48:44 PM
    Mike Bugembe, the chief technology officer of UK-based social giving platform Just Giving, is onstage now talking about using data, machine learning, graph theory and other computing tools.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:49:18 PM
    "We needed to make giving personal, so we had to understated what you care about," Bugembe says.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:49:50 PM
    "We've built a machine that does...specific things: it understands how you specifically want to give, it understands if you want to give time or effort." --Bugembe
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:50:26 PM
    "The algorithm understands how to interact with you and specifically make giving more engaging," Bugembe says. "We couldn't have done this without the Azure platform."
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:51:36 PM
    Bugembe says JustGiving has a "give graph," constructed of algorithms designed to figure out how you want/like to help others.
  • Nick Statt 4/29/2015 4:52:33 PM
    Guthrie is back -- one last time! -- to bring an end the Azure section of the Build keynote.
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