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Developers Are Flocking To San Francisco For Microsoft's Annual Conference, Build 2014

Today, in San Francisco, Microsoft is holding its annual, three-day developer's conference, Build 2014. It opens at...

Developers Are Flocking To San Francisco For Microsoft's Annual Conference, Build 2014

Today, in San Francisco, Microsoft is holding its annual, three-day developer's conference, Build 2014. It opens at 1:30pm GMT, and will be held until Friday 4th, with a pricey registration fee of $2,095. Microsoft has lately been working hard on brand new innovations and projects, presumably in preparation for the conference, where many new products, updates, and strategies for the year ahead are expected to be addressed.

 

At the conference, newly appointed CEO, Satya Nadella, will make his second major appearance for the company, after his announcement last week introducing Office for iPad. At the launch, Microsoft’s leading man talked of the company’s future prospects with enthusiasm, saying, “Windows is a massive agenda for us. We will innovate, and you’ll see us talk next week about the great innovations in the operating system and creating innovations in the devices. At the same time we’re committed to making our applications run cross-platform, great. There’s no holding back on anything.”

 

In line with recent rumours and Nadella's claims, here is an overview of what is anticipated for the conference keynotes.

 

Windows 8.1.1

The update Windows 8.1.1 is one thing expected to be released at the conference, or in the near future. According to leaked information, the tweaks are made to conform to old-school PCs, with a start-up feature that transfers users automatically to desktop mode if a touchscreen surface isn’t detected. Another PC-friendly feature will be the context menu that is suited for the use of a mouse.

 

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Touch-based Office

If Windows 8.1.1 is sticking to a more traditional feel, then Office for iPad may just be Microsoft's turn to the modern. According to Wes Miller, principal analyst at Directions on Microsoft, the Office for iPad is to serve as a template for future Office versions.

In addition, General Manager Julia White expressively gave her “thumbs up” for expanding touch-first Office, suggesting it will be brought to Windows Store and “other popular platforms.”

 

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Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to be launched at the conference, and according to a leaked video, the software will be introducing new features such as a notification centre, improved apps for the camera and radio, and fresh new podcasts. The hit feature by far will be the digital assistant “Cortana,” akin to the well-known “Siri”.

It's being predicted that Nokia's Lumia 630 and 930 handsets will also be taken to Build, and it’s thought they will be the first smartphones to be launched, with Windows Phone 8.1 as the operating system.

 

Windows 9

The grand Windows update, Windows 9, is forecasted to launch at the beginning of 2015. With this in mind, it is likely talks will cover the whats-and-hows of the big update, with a possible mini-preview.

 

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Surface Mini

Amongst the Microsoft rumours flying about, a Surface Mini, or better known as Surface 3, may be a topic touched on, together with the update of Windows 8.1.1.

 

Many exciting things are on the horizon for Microsoft. One thing is for certain, there will be surprises, revelations and important questions answered at the conference.  

 

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