Since May, the news about Microsoft is always a bit sad. When we have not yet recovered from the founder Bill Gates’ divorce melon, a series of “blows” about the star products also came: the much-anticipated new generation of operating system Window10X was officially abandoned; along with a generation of people growing up IE browser will also be sentenced to ” Death sentence”, to a once glorious era drew to a close.
In the midst of a sigh of relief, this year’s Build developer conference quietly arrived. Finally, at the end of May, Microsoft relied on a series of “hardcore” output, and brought everyone’s attention back to the grand vision of its own product development.
In this year’s Build conference, Microsoft’s many new products and services are coming, the first product features supported by GPT-3 released, the application family bucket designed for hybrid work system, Azure services without platform restrictions, Edge 91 feature updates…
Windows and Office become supporting roles, and new tracks such as cloud services and AI are singing high. This also seems to be telling people that even after saying goodbye to yesterday’s sentiment, Microsoft’s future is still a sea of stars.
｜Truly for developers, no Windows in the lead
Microsoft’s 2021 Build Conference officially kicked off at 8:00 a.m. Western time on May 25, and like last year, the conference will still be held online and open to everyone for free in the next two days. Compared to Google I/O, which ended just a few days ago, Microsoft’s conference is clearly more developer-oriented, and does not focus on showcasing star products that cater to the media and general consumers, but once again focuses on developers.
However, in the design of the conference format, Microsoft is significantly more interactive and interesting this time. Viewers can always like, compare hearts or step on one below, or follow along with the live stream on the right to post comments and interact with other viewers around the world who are watching.
As is customary, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered the opening address, spending 16 minutes discussing the importance of technology to people’s daily lives and the role Microsoft will play in the digital transformation of all industries.
He said that the technology industry is becoming a major driver of the world economy and is expected to account for 10% of the world economy by 2030, and that more and more developers are playing an important role.
In the rapid integration of technology and various industries, Nadella pointed out that Microsoft’s core mission is to provide a platform for platform creators (to be the platform for platform creators). He stressed that the purpose of the conference is not to set new rules or constraints for developers, but rather, Microsoft wants to help developers innovate through updates to platforms and tools, and this statement on control, I wonder if it also connotes a handful of Apple, which is deeply involved in the “bullying” fiasco.
Nadella only said that the company is planning “one of the most important updates to Windows in the last decade” and that they are stepping up testing over the last few months and promise that the updated Windows will be the most innovative and open software platform. Nadella only said that the company is planning “one of the most important updates to Windows in the past decade,” and that they are stepping up testing in the past few months, and promised that the updated Windows will be the most innovative and open software platform, but otherwise provided no other details, only that the new system will meet everyone “soon”.
It is important to note that Nadella did not call Windows by Windows 10, which may also indicate that after abandoning 10X, Microsoft may be planning a more significant update to Windows, and not just the UI changes that were previously speculated.
Although the protagonist of this conference is not Windows, Microsoft still offers us a lot of things to see this time.
｜GPT-3 commercial journey started: the first GPT-3 supported product features were launched
The most important update of this conference is the official commercialization of GPT-3 in Microsoft products.
Last year, Open AI released an Azure-powered API that allows developers to explore GPT-3 capabilities. Previously, people have been able to use it for language generation tasks ranging from writing poems, posting tweets, writing articles, and answering questions, and its power has pushed the boundaries of the natural language learning field. But as good as things are, it has been the key to industry questions about where GPT-3 is commercially valuable and whether it can bring real value to enterprises.
In this Microsoft Build developer conference, Microsoft launched the first product features supported by GPT-3, integrated in the application development function of Power Platform, in short, it can help ordinary people who do not know code to write code!
So first of all, what is this Power Platform? Whereas in past processes, the average employee who wanted to perform data analysis, build an application, or automate a process generally had to submit a request to IT and then wait weeks or months to get the job done, Microsoft’s Power Platform allows non-technical users to “dumb down” without the need for code knowledge ” to develop software that meets their needs without the need for code knowledge.
Power Platform, formerly known as the data analysis tool Power BI, had a hands-on review in 2017 when Silicon Star People, as a liberal arts student with no experience in data science or programming, made two interactive data graphs in half an hour while watching a tutorial and operating on his own. After a few years of development, Power BI became more powerful and “smarter”, and has evolved into today’s Power Platform.
Today, the platform consists of four parts: business analysis, application development, process automation, and intelligent virtual agents, covering all low-code development needs from non-technical to professional software developers. Low-code (including no-code) development is a “drag, drop and drag” visualization that allows developers to quickly develop applications with minimal code.
Microsoft Power Platform, image from Microsoft China website
Microsoft has integrated GPT-3 into Power Fx, the low-code programming language used in Power Apps, for the first time, which undoubtedly opens up a new commercial journey for GPT-3 as a fundamental new technology.
Power Fx is based on Microsoft Excel and is easier to use than traditional programming languages, but in the past it was still a difficult learning process to create complex data queries with it.
For example, if we wanted to implement a command “find all users with expired subscriptions in the US”, we used to need to build a Power Fx statement to achieve the lookup on Power Fx, but now with GPT-3, we just need to input our requirements in normal language expressions and it can It can translate directly into Power Fx code statements for you, such as the one shown in the picture below.
Microsoft says that while this feature is currently not a complete replacement for the code that a person executes once they understand it, it can go a long way in helping developers make the right choices. The way it is used is like when we type a question into a search engine and then select the result from the many returned messages. GPT-3 will return multiple Power Fx formula suggestions for the statements you type, and then, developers can choose the formula they feel is most appropriate for themselves.
And the importance of using such an AI model is that it can promote the popularity of low-code tools to a larger audience, which means that in the future everyone can become a developer. Microsoft said the feature will be first tried in North America at the end of June.
Seeing this, Silicon Star people feel that Microsoft is making a big move. If GPT-3 continues to develop further, with the arrival of the era of universal developers, a large number of programmers shall not face the unemployment crisis?
｜Welcoming the era of mixed work system: Microsoft collaborative application family bucket unveiled
Just before the start of this year’s developer conference Build, Satya Nadella just announced the future of Microsoft will take a new form of hybrid office, and released a work guide to enable employees to maintain and improve productivity based on a range of software tools, while maintaining work flexibility, and obviously, these initiatives are not limited to Microsoft itself.
Microsoft believes that as the epidemic sweeps through, people’s work and lifestyles have changed dramatically, hybrid work systems will exist on a regular basis, and every customer and partner will have a higher demand for remote collaboration in the future, so people will need a whole new collection of applications that will make structural changes to the way applications are built and interact.
These applications all revolve around collaboration, enabling real-time meetings, messaging, document collaboration, and synchronous and asynchronous modes of collaboration for business process automation, and Microsoft refers to these new applications collectively as “collaboration applications.
Microsoft collaboration applications, image taken from Microsoft website
Currently, Microsoft builds collaboration applications based on the Microsoft Cloud, and in the future, all of these ecosystem software will be able to collaborate across platforms.
Microsoft debuted a public preview of the Microsoft Fluid Framework at Ignite 2019, a technology that helps developers break down the walls between applications to provide a seamless operating experience, and now this feature is available on Teams. People can seamlessly share and collaborate on text, forms, task lists, scheduling, and other components between Teams and Outlook and Office applications.
Teams itself has also received a number of feature updates this time. First of all, Microsoft said that Teams will allow developers to share phased integration, such as inserting whiteboards, or presentation drawings during meetings, etc. In addition, developers are also provided with an application program interface that allows real-time access to audio and video streams, which enables real-time transcription, translation, meeting notes, and many other features.
In addition, Teams adds more extensibility to the Together mode of meetings by adding more customization features to the meeting system, allowing developers to create and share their own custom scenarios for Teams meetings, making online meetings more attractive and personalized. For example, like the following to make the meeting atmosphere more relaxed and fun.
To help developers build and manage Teams more easily and efficiently, Microsoft has also introduced a series of toolkits and resources that allow developers to create experiences without using much code, and with Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Graph, and other “out-of-the-box The “out-of-the-box” integration with Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Graph and others.
｜Azure application services can now run on AWS and Google Cloud
As a top priority for Microsoft’s business growth in recent years, the dynamics of the cloud platform Azure must also be an important focus for the company and developers, with nearly 130 of the 300+ keynote sessions discussing various aspects of Azure development, in addition to being the focus at the opening of the keynote.
The Azure updates included “Building Differentiated SaaS Applications with Microsoft Cloud,” “Enhancing the Ability to Leverage Data in Applications with Azure,” and “Securely Managing Sensitive Data in the Cloud. “But one of the most notable is the topic of “Azure application services that can run anywhere,” which Microsoft says is an industry first.
Microsoft today announced that Azure application services, such as Apps services, API management and more, can run on Kubernetes clusters in local, hybrid cloud and edge environments through Azure Arc, which also includes its major competitor platforms — AWS and Google Cloud.
The new feature, currently in preview, eliminates the need for customers to choose between platform and Kubernetes control, Microsoft said. In the past, developers have needed to build custom solutions for application hosting, data hosting, monitoring, security and more, but those solutions used to rely on the platform to exist, requiring extensive modifications and becoming unreliable once the platform changed.
“Starting today, developers can save time building hybrid applications using portable application services enabled by Azure Arc,” said presenter Monroy. “Applications and their data can now run anywhere using fully managed cloud services, and Microsoft is one company in the industry that has made this change.”
｜Other highlights: Edge browser feature updates, Windows Terminal 1.9 preview release, and the establishment of the Green Software Foundation
In addition to the above points, the Build Conference will definitely include the Edge browser, although it doesn’t look that surprising this time.
Today, Microsoft announced a number of new features for Edge 91, including “Sleeping Tabs” and “Startup Boost”. “. These two features mainly bring performance improvements to Edge and enable Edge to run more smoothly on low-end hardware.
For example, the new “Sleep tab” allows tabs that are not operating to automatically go to sleep so that they do not take up unnecessary memory and CPU resources, which, according to Microsoft, can save an average of 37 percent of CPU and 32 percent of memory usage, helping to improve battery life. And Startup Boost will enable Edge to start faster by running processes in the background at startup.
And probably because it will plan to do a separate release about Windows after that, the conference still has few topics about Windows, only releasing new preview versions of Windows terminal applications. These include the new Quake mode, which allows users to quickly open a new Terminal window from anywhere within Windows using keyboard shortcuts, and a full “Settings” page, which provides new features including the ability to select default command line tools, backgrounds and other UI options.
In addition, today Microsoft announced that it is working with top technology companies such as Accenture, GitHub and ThoughtWorks to help solve the global climate crisis by forming a non-profit organization called the Green Software Foundation, which will support applications that produce less carbon with the goal of reducing software carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030.
In general, this year’s Build still adheres to the “developer first” style of hardcore technology, everything from the developers, everything around the concerns and needs of developers. Today, after a “lost decade”, Microsoft is getting clearer and clearer about its main track and positioning. If the foundation of Microsoft’s empire is Windows and Office suite, they are only the foundation today, and cloud services, AI and subscription services are the powerful driving force for its future development.
And Microsoft knows very well that without many developers, there would be no Microsoft’s huge software ecosystem. So if you are a developer, then do not miss Build, it will be your happy planet.
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