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Microsoft Build Developer Conference 2018 is said to be a huge week for the technology fans and also the industry. The Microsoft Build 2018 will be taking from May 7 to May 9 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Just like every other year, the Microsoft Build Developer Conference is meant for the company's developers for the most of the part.
This means the regular tech enthusiasts need not look out for it as it won't really offer consumer-facing announcements. However, it is expected that the company will reveal some of its work in software and hardware department. This will be including Windows 10, Office, Surface and also Xbox.
Windows 10 (Redstone 5) update:
Microsoft has just released the April 2018 update for Windows 10 which brings a set of changes for its platform. Microsoft is also expected to roll out the Redstone 5 release by the end of this year. Users might also be aware that it Microsoft will be bringing some cool new features. The new features will include ‘Drag and Drop' support for app tabs between and within Set Windows, along with new shortcuts with the File Explorer tabs, new context menu for the Edge tabs, and set of various other changes. It would be interesting to see if Microsoft will also announce about the changes that we are expecting from the upcoming update.
Microsoft has just released a preview build of Office 2019 for the commercial customers. With the newly released preview of Office 2019, Microsoft might also give some details regarding a few important features of the software at its Build Conference. However, it is also being said that the Office 365 might not get any new feature. It shouldn't be surprising for the users if the company intends on spending some time on the Office considering the fact that this has been the tech giant's strongest performer year after year.
Windows Mixed Reality
Mixed Reality was one of the hot topics last year. However it seems like that Microsoft was not able to attract users as it had expected it to be. A user had a number of options when it came to Mixed Reality headsets. This majorly included MR headsets from HP, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and others. It is quite strange that Microsoft didn't offered much when it came to VR and AR platform. It is expected that the ‘real' audience for AR/VR/MR will be at the E3 in June. Microsoft might make use of the opportunity at the Build to present some aspects of the platform to the developers in such a way that it attracts more developers to the platform.
It is expected that Microsoft might announce its plans for the upcoming Surface device at Build 2018. However the Surface tablet might just not see the light of the day anytime soon. This is because the Surface production has not just began yet and it is like to stay like that until further updates are rolled out.
It is also being speculated that Microsoft will unlikely not discuss the Xbox and its related software at the Build 2018. Microsoft Build has been more of a developer conference rather than being an open stage for all. So it is highly unlikely that Google might discuss the same at the event. So, the Xbox users need to wait a few more weeks in order to get the updates related to Xbox.
AI and Cortana
AI has become one of the most important aspects of technology today. Most of the tech giants are focusing on releasing their devices that run on AI in order to make the life of a user simpler. We might have seen a number of devices featuring AI; however, Microsoft has not been able to hold up its position when it comes to AI. Microsoft is facing direct competition from Google, Apple and Amazon when it comes to AI capabilities. It is being expected that Windows Machine Learning (WinML) API enables the developers to integrate machine learning models into their apps. Microsoft is also laying emphasis on its AI-based voice assistant, Cortana, however, it is still not clear whether the company will announce anything new related to the same.