Microsoft Update: Build 2019
In early May, Microsoft hosted Build 2019 in Seattle. Build is a developer conference that Microsoft uses to announce new technology and services to the consumer and business markets.
This year, Azure and cloud-based technology took the main stage, unlike previous years which focused more on physical hardware. One of the big announcements was Microsoft’s integration with GitHub, a software development platform which specializes in open source code and business development. Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion in October of 2018. Azure Mobility Service a cloud-based program that optimizes Azure Maps and Bing Maps software targeted at drivers and fleet dispatchers.
There are also a large number of updates headed to Office 365. Two of the biggest include an AI-powered grammar and style checker called Ideas. Ideas uses machine learning and NLP (natural language processing) to improve human-written documents. As well as dynamic email messages in Outlook Mobile.
Microsoft also talked about developments with the new Edge Browser. They will include new privacy tools and a feature called “collections” that uses cloud-powered intelligence to organize collected content that you find while surfing the internet. The browser will also include a legacy edition based on Internet Explorer, that allows you to view older websites that may not function well with the new chromium-based browser.
Microsoft also showcased a few new external backup solutions under the brand name Azure Data Box. Although Microsoft only officially announced Data Box last month, the product has been commercially available since January.
The Data Box, Data Box Disk, Data Box Heavy and Data Box Edge are off-line data transfer devices with built-in encryption. Storage ranges from 100 TB of backup storage (Data Box) to 1PB (petabyte) or one million gigabytes of storage on-site that can be shipped to Microsoft for storage in the cloud (Data Box Heavy). The Data Box Edge is a rack-mounted device that continuously backs up data to Azure. The Data Box Gateway also serves the same function but is virtual.
It seems we have a lot to look forward to from Microsoft in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted as each new component is released.