# Friday, May 22, 2020

The Microsoft Build conference had a different feel this year as the global threat of the COVID-19 virus forced the company to host the entire conference online – mostly from the homes of the developers and managers. Of course, this affected me less than others because I have never actually attended Build in person.

I always make a point of watching the opening keynotes, as this is where one hears about new announcements and the things about which Microsoft is most excited.

The day 1 keynote featured Satya Nadella calling attention to the success of Azure, Office 365, and Microsoft 365. He invited a couple of guest speakers to demonstrate how they were using Microsoft technologies to improve their business.

Immediately after Satya’s address, the finals for Imagine Cup were held. This is an international student tech competition that included thousands of submissions from all over the world. The 6 semi-finalists were introduced; the 3 finalists presented their project, and a champion was announced. This event is close to my heart, since I was involved a few years ago. Team Hollo from Hong Kong won with a project that used AI to track mood by analyzing video and voice and comparing it to pre-built models, as a way of combatting depression and suicide.

Here are my notes from Day 1:

Satya Nadella

CodeSpace

Provision dev box in cloud, provisioned with VS Code

Work from any device

WSL 2

Linux on  Windows

Power Platform

 

95% of Fortune 500 use Azure

Cloud extends to edge

Azure Arc

 

Microsoft 365

Build apps or extend apps

 

Power Platform

Rapid App Dev tool for professional developers

Also for "Citizen developers" who don't write code for a living

3.5 million users

Extends M365

1-click: Add Power Apps to Teams

 

Distributed Infrastructure

95% of Fortune 500 use Azure

Most data regions (61)

 

"Project Reunion"

Unify Win32 and USP app development

 

Case Study: Folding@Home

Greg Bowman, PhD, Washington U St Louis

Studying how proteins fold

Distributed computing to home computers

https://foldingathome.org/

 

Case Study

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

App integrates with Teams

Use Teams to perform for and interact with audience

Tudor Fay, New Blue, Inc.

 

Imagine Cup

6 semi-finalists

3 Finalists

Tremor Vision

United States

Parkinson's

Azure Custom vision to detect tremors associated with Parkinson's

Team Syrinx

Tokyo

Lost voice

Device on throat. Generates vibration patterns.

Hollo (winner!)

University of Hong Kong

Mood tracking app

Use Azure to track face, voice. Use models to evaluate mental health

 

New features for education

Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador

New student hub on Microsoft Learn

Student Zone at Build

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