To say Microsoft is in a state of transition would be an understatement of sorts. The company is aiming at revamping the entire Windows experience, as well as build on CEO Satya Nadella s cloud-first, mobile-first” philosophy. Furthermore, the company is expected to go all out in encouraging Android and iOS app developers to bring their apps to the Windows platform. The BUILD conference kicks off at 9:00PM IST in San Francisco tonight, and here s what is expected from the Redmond-based company. Also Read - Xbox Series X restock in India possible by early August, no news on Series SAlso Read - Xbox Game Pass: List of games coming to consoles in July, big games releasing next month
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With Windows 10 still some months away from a release, it may be too early for the company to reveal a new flagship smartphone. Instead, Microsoft could show how Windows 10 looks and functions on smartphones. Furthermore, it will also show how the UI scales up when running on phablets or tablets with 7-inch displays. A set of leaked screenshots recently showed how the Windows Phone UI will be scaled up, and how apps will use the extra realty space.
There are also reports about Microsoft bringing support for Android apps on Windows 10 smartphones, tablets and PCs. While this seems to be a short term way of bringing more apps to the Windows platform, in the long term it could alienate Windows developers who have worked hard in bringing their apps on to Microsoft s platform.
Microsoft has given glimpses at various Windows 10 features via previews, but there is still a lot that is left to be seen. All eyes will be on Project Spartan, which is set to be the default browser on Windows 10. Earlier this year, the company gave a small glimpse, but tonight we can expect a more detailed demo, as well as an official name.
More importantly though, many will be looking forward to Microsoft revealing when it plans to release Windows 10. While it was expected to be sometime in the summer, recently AMD CEO Lisa Su let it slip that Windows 10 will start shipping in July.
Microsoft will be largely focused on encouraging developers to bring their apps from Android and iOS to Windows. With Windows 10, it has already made things easy for them by announcing Universal apps aka Windows Apps, which essentially lets apps run on multiple platforms like phones, tablets, PCs and even the Xbox One.
While the previews have given us a glimpse at how these apps will work on multiple devices, Microsoft is expected to show the real power of Windows Apps at the conference tonight.
Earlier this year, Microsoft took on the likes of Google Glass and Occulus Rift by announcing the HoloLens. The wearable is powered by the company s Holographic Processing Unit and high-end CPU, and allows users to interact with the environment using gestures like pinch to zoom.
While there was just an announcement and a bunch of videos shown earlier this year, we can expect a full-blown demo on stage tonight. Developers and the media attending the event could given a chance to try out Microsoft s wearable.
Nadella is expected to talk about Office as a platform and outline plans for how developers can use Office s framework. At Build next week I will talk even more about Office as a platform, Nadella said during the earnings call, and how developers can connect into the Office framework to both harness the rich data and have their own app extensions available to ultimately a billion-plus Office users.