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Microsoft Build keynote

CEO Satya Nadella and other Microsoft execs will give the keynote address on the first day of Microsoft Build. We expect new versions of Windows and Windows Phone and perhaps even some new hardware.

  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:02:39 PM
    Belfiore touts "People Reminders."
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:02:48 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:03:10 PM
    That's the ability to program reminders triggered by details of people (remind me of my sister's new puppy).
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:03:18 PM
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:03:24 PM
    "Next time I speak to my sister remind me to ask her about her new puppy." -- Cortana knew who his sister was and added a reminder. "Since this is a phone, I might talk to my sister on the phone or I might have a chat with her or an email conversation. In all those cases Cortana will now remind me..."
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:03:34 PM
    That's a very handy feature for sure.
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:03:34 PM
    Joe's now talking about how personal assistants "help relationships" for their clients. "That's a perfect thing for Cortana to do as well."
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:03:36 PM
    When the phone is in the context of contacting his sister, whether it's a call or email, Cortana knows to fire off a reminder. Nice.
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:03:53 PM
    We're now going to see some "people reminders."
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:04:10 PM
    "Skype, get David Treadwell." -- Cortana just launched Skype and is calling David.
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:04:11 PM
    That kind of context-based reminder and notification system makes for a nice sales pitch.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:04:18 PM
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:05:01 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:05:09 PM
    Belfiore apparently is a fan of Colbert Report and SNL, in addition to Hulu's "Deadbeat." It's in his queue.
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:05:14 PM
    "Hulu, add 'Deadbeat' to my queue." -- Cortana opens up Hulu Plus and pulls in the data and takes care of it. Quite nice.
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:05:25 PM
    "Facebook, what's up with Terry Myerson" -- Same thing, app launches and pulls up Terry's news feed.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:05:38 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:05:40 PM
    I'm trying to comprehend Terry Myerson's Facebook news feed. "Totes amazing." Hehe.
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:05:55 PM
    Ah, Jimmy Fallon video clip. Funny stuff.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:05:59 PM
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:06:07 PM
    Whoa, we're getting a video from Jimmy Fallon. He just made a Siri joke, with Siri saying "Oh, it's on, #%&*"
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:06:25 PM
    Does Cortana like Jimmy Fallon? Cortana sends her own thank-you note to Fallon.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:06:30 PM
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:06:39 PM
    "Cortana is the first truly personal digital assistant."
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:07:16 PM
    Okay, time to move on to something else: business! Apparently. Exciting. We're going to see how "Windows 8.1 is now killer for businesses."
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:07:17 PM
    Excitement!
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:07:46 PM
    Nick Hedderman, a product manager at Microsoft, is now up.
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:07:55 PM
    They're working with a zillion partners for this new release, all of whom are listed on the screen -- including SAP, Citrix, Symantec, etc.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:07:58 PM
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:08:45 PM
    Probably an okay to take a potty break if you need. We'll be here.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:08:50 PM
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:09:00 PM
    Apparently Joe is being recruited into a new role, and his phone has been updated with policies and email and rules based on that.
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:09:27 PM
    Enterprise VPN is now supported, and we're now seeing a site from an intranet. "We're behind the firewall, we're browsing the Web." VPN is a quick action up at the top of the quick actions in the new pull-down menu at the top.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:09:40 PM
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:09:41 PM
    We're going to see some demos of management and other business-related functionality.
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:10:05 PM
    S/MIME is now supported, which means encrypted/signed emails can be sent and received.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:10:11 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:10:36 PM
    Microsoft's enterprise discussion isn't the sexiest area, but it's critical to the company's plan to widen Windows Phone adoption. With BlackBerry ailing, Microsoft sees an opening with Windows Phone.
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:11:09 PM
    Features like enterprise VPN are what businesses want to hear.
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:11:22 PM
    Joe Belfiore is back on stage.
  • Roger Cheng 4/2/2014 4:11:39 PM
    Belfiore is a fan of Wordament. Anyone play the game?
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:11:44 PM
    They've also created a policy that disabled Wordament, showing that they can control what apps are allowed and which are not.
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:12:03 PM
    And, when Joe is fired from his new role, these policies can be removed very quickly, either on the device itself or remotely.
  • James Martin 4/2/2014 4:12:13 PM
  • Tim Stevens 4/2/2014 4:12:25 PM
    "Good news, if you love Wordament, it's ready to go."
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