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Thousands of analysts, journalists and developers came to the Washington State Conference Center in Seattle today to see what Microsoft had to unveil at its three-hour-long Build conference. As it turns out, there wasn't a lot of interesting news for non-developers. In other words, if you had played a drinking game with the trigger words being "Azure," "Microsoft Graph" and "Visual Studio," you would have needed two kegs of liquor. To be fair though, Build is an event for developers. Still, there were updates around new Cortana skills, artificial intelligence for the workplace and a PowerPoint translator tool that may have useful applications for consumers.
In a span of two and a half hours, Microsoft packed a lot into the opening keynote of its Build 2016 conference. But it was the last video shown that seem to have the biggest impact on many of the viewers at home: the introduction of an AI that helps one of its blind developers "see." At the very end of its keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reiterated that he wants technology to enhance the ways humans communicate. Though the many chat bots he introduced earlier seems technologically "smart," the framework behind it still needs the help of developers to continue improving on what has already been built. Don't miss our biggest TNW Conference yet!
Microsoft is about to kick off its annual Build conference in San Francisco this week. The debut of Windows 10 made all the news last year. Now, about eight months since its launch, we're expecting to see some high-profile new universal apps, improved Cortana integration and some more AI-powered chatbots. And with HoloLens shipping to developers today, you can expect some augmented reality news, maybe even a teleportation trick or two on stage. You can also tune in right here to watch Satya Nadella's opening-day Build keynote.