This year's Microsoft Build Conference was special, because it took place as an exclusively digital event because of the Corona Pandemic. Nevertheless, in my view, the conference was a great success and worked well. Even if you can't replace networking, partying together and exchanging ideas with the experts on the ground. At least the latter microsoft got along well with the bookable 1:1 session and I was able to use this extensively. Nevertheless, I hope that next year we will be able to be back on site, and that we will be able to have more intensive discussions with the numerous partners than was possible this year. But now to my highlights:
.Net & Visual Studio
.NET MAUI (short for multi-platform app UI) is a further development of the Xamarin.Forms toolkit. Its purpose is to provide a single mobile development stack that supports Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows and promotes the Single Project Developer Experience: a single project that targets multiple platforms. The general availability of .NET MAUI is targeted at November 2021 (with .NET 6), but previews will begin later this year.
Project Tye makes it easy to develop solutions for Kubernetes without having to create Dockerfiles and helmet diagrams, and easily deploy the solution in a Kubernetes cluster.
ASP.NET Blazor is now released – not only for the server version (which has been released since the release of .NET Core 3.1), but also with .NET running in the client – in all modern browsers that use WebAssembly. .NET can now be used on both the client and the server – full stack. NET development!
My highlight besides the records in C'9 are the source code generators. This allows you to dynamically create source code to reduce the need for reflection. C'9 will probably be released with .Net 5.
Visual Studio Live Share
Microsoft adds the ability to share running apps in Visual Studio Live Share, and also adds built-in chat and call capabilities to IDEs.
ML.NET Model Builder is now part of the Microsoft IDE, along with a new Windows Forms designer for .NET Core (both available as preview features in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.6). Another relevant version was support for connecting the IDE to Visual Studio Codespaces (formerly Visual Studio Online), Microsoft's cloud-hosted development environment based on Visual Studio Code. The new feature is currently available in the private preview.
Microsoft's new vision for unifying Windows 10 app development, decoupled the existing and new Win32/UWP APIs from the operating system. As part of Project Reunion, Microsoft releases the first preview of WinUI 3.0.
subsystem for Linux
WSL gets support for running Linux GUI apps in Windows 10, as well as support for GPU compute workflows and a faster way to install WSL in Windows.
Windows 10 gets its own built-in package manager in the operating system, which makes installing software on your PC much faster and easier.
Windows Terminal, Microsoft's modern command-line application, reaches 1.0. The app is now available for businesses.
Project Cortex - a Microsoft 365 service, artificial intelligence and Microsoft Graph used to create a knowledge network from various data sources - will be generally available in early summer.
A new Microsoft 365 enterprise app to track issues, manage inventory, and more with dedicated apps and close teams integration.
Microsoft Teams gets support for custom templates, power platform integration for new automation features, and new Visual Studio extensions (both the regular Visual Studio and Visual Studio code extensions) to improve team app development.
Microsoft shows the first way for users to experience the new Fluid Framework in Microsoft 365 with Fluid Workspaces and Components. It is also open sourcing the entire framework.
The Microsoft partnership with OpenAI has come true, and the company is unveiling a new supercomputer designed for AI at Scale. The new supercomputer is powered by more than 285,000 CPU cores, 10,000 GPUs, and 400 gigabits per second of network connectivity for each GPU server.
Microsoft Edge gets new Pinterest integration, automatic profile switching, sidebar search, and a redesigned add-on store.
Microsoft's holographic computer is coming to new parts of Europe, Scandinavia and Asia this fall.