At this year’s Build 2017, Microsoft’s annual developer conference held in Seattle, USA, Satya Nadella announced that Windows had reached 500 million Windows 10 monthly active devices.
At the conference, Microsoft also shared the first details of the next major update to Windows, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Available later this year, the Fall Creators Update delivers new experiences for more than 500 million Windows 10 devices: a new design system; creative experiences that will move with users across Windows, iOS and Android; new apps coming to the Windows Store — including iTunes; new tools that make Windows home for all developers; and the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers — no markers required.
It was also noted at the conference how Windows, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Azure together offer developers more than a billion opportunities to connect their innovations with Microsoft customers.
Microsoft also announced that the new Azure data and cloud services will help developers quickly modernize their existing apps, the new AI and Azure services will allow any developer to more easily build intelligent apps, with understanding and natural user interaction capabilities, and showcased new data, IoT edge and AI services built for a future with an intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.
“In a world of near infinite compute power and an exponential growth in data, we are focused on empowering every developer to build applications for this new era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
In support of its vision for more intelligence in a world filled with information, and to help customers realize the opportunities that come with it, Microsoft shared an early peek into innovations it is bringing to bear to help every person and organization achieve more.
Microsoft also showcased how it is meeting developers where they are, and helping them be more successful, with new Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio services and tools to help modernize existing applications and quickly build intelligent apps for all major platforms.
At the conference, was also announced plans to better connect developers with Office 365 customers around the globe. Currently, Microsoft’s Office 365 has more than 100 million active users worldwide.
The company highlighted its vision to amplify human ingenuity with intelligent technology, bringing AI to every developer through the unique combination of the Microsoft cloud and AI. New cognitive services, platform innovations in the Microsoft Bot Framework, advances in deep learning tools, continued infusion of AI into the company’s products and services, and intelligent insights offered through the Microsoft Graph unlock this opportunity for developers and new growth scenarios for businesses.
First held in 2011, Microsoft Build is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software engineers and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies.