With the California sun now rising in the sky, it's time for another fresh day of BUILD and the all important Day 2 keynote. Like yesterday, rather than compete with the live video stream
I've real-time condensed today's keynote in to the key moments you need
to get the overall jist of what Microsoft shared. This isn't a
blow-by-blow blog of the keynote, but if you spend 5 minutes reviewing
this post, you'll know what you need to know from the second BUILD
keynote. Key Keynote Moments
- Windows 8 Tablet Distraction
Not explicitly said or part
of the keynote, it's worth noting that much of the audience seems to be
distracted by their shiny new Win8 tablets this morning.
- Devices + Cloud
Here is one of the "missing" elements from
Day 1: extended talk about the cloud. In the opening of Day 2,
Microsoft spent some time talking about building apps for Windows
devices (Phone, Tablet) that are deeply connected to the cloud (Azure
services). But not much Azure really demoed until much later in the
- Visual Studio 11 Features
As part of Jason Zander's demo
of building apps with the cloud, a handful of VS2011 features were
introduced, like a new and improved image editor, new baked-in power
tools, and improved debugging tools for working with DirectX. (He'll
cover way more of VS2011 in his sessions today- find the session
recordings.) VS2011 Developer Preview will be available today, along
with Windows Azure SDK Toolkit.
- Scott Guthrie returns to the stage in trademark red polo
may now be CVP for Server & Tools, but he's still rocking the
ASP.NET demos people have made him popular. Scott showed-off some cool
new tooling for ASP.NET MVC 4, such as a "design view" for ASP.NET MVC,
auto-minification of CSS and JS, and async features from .NET 4.5. If
you missed ASP.NET or .NET 4.5 talk on Day 1, this covers it.
- OSX and iPhone emulator take the stage
Small moment, but
it stands out. As part of demonstrating some of the new things in
ASP.NET 4.5, like jQuery Mobile, ScottGu did the unthinkable and showed
the iPhone emulator running on a Mac. Good to see
Microsoft acknowledging the world around them today.
- TFS running on Azure as a service
Like TFS? Good for you.
Microsoft showed more today of TFS running in the cloud on Azure.
Formally called, Team Foundation Service running on Azure.
- Something for Windows IT Pros
It's easy to forget as a
developer that there are non-developers at BUILD. Microsoft addressed
this crowd today with demos of new Virtual Machine Management tools and
other Win8 server features. But I doubt you're an IT Pro if you're
reading this blog...
- Windows Azure Credential Service
Nice easy way to log-in
using popular identity providers (Facebook, Google, Live, etc.) with
just a few lines of code (seems to require WinRT). Makes single-sign-on
across Windows 8 devices "fluid" process.
- Viper car security device connected to the cloud
makes this demo interesting is that it's the FIRST in two-days that
involves an external Microsoft product. No partner on stage, but an
external company nonetheless. Demo showed how the car device can send
data to the Azure cloud and then visualize on the web and Phone.
- West Coast Customs CEO takes the stage
Microsoft is going to (read: not done yet) build a car with West Coast Customs. It will be part of the TV show, so watch for it in the future.
- [THE SURPRISE] Steve Ballmer takes the stage!
everyone thought the Day 2 keynote was over, Steve Ballmer shows-up and
takes the stage. Probably the biggest surprise so far of BUILD! Steve
spent about 20 minutes reinforcing the Microsoft big picture for Windows
8, Azure (cloud), and Phone. Steve brought a much needed sense of
"reality" to everything being talked about at BUILD, acknowledging that
MSFT has a lot of work ahead of it to make Phone and Win8 successful.
Good way to end the keynotes.
Who Was On Stage?
Unlike Day 1, where Sinofsky more-or-less ran the entire keynote, today
was a revolving door of presenters. For your easy reference, here's who
- Satya Nadella, President, Server & Tools Biz
(Bob Muglia's replacement and former head of Bing)
- Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio
(Kind of ScottGu's replacement in DevDiv)
SPECIAL NOTE: You can see an exclusive post-keynote Telerik interview with Jason Zander talking more about the announcements discussed today!
- Scott Guthrie, CVP, Server & Tools Biz (Azure)
- Bryon Surace, System Center Virtual Machine Manager
- John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow
- Jeff Sandquist, Senior Director Developer Relations + Dan Fernandez, Evangelist
- Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO, West Coast Customs
- Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
Final Thoughts & Reactions
If all of the talk about a new "bold" version of Windows was making your
head spin, today's keynote was like Advil, reminding developers that
all of the things they've loved about the evolution of Microsoft's
server technology and tooling (.NET, Visual Studio, Azure, Win Server)
are still happening. While Windows 8 is cool and introduces some
interesting new concepts, if you're in an environment locked-in to Win7
(or older), you may have felt a bit left-out on Tuesday. After today's
keynote, you should feel better, with familiar faces like ASP.NET,
jQuery, and even Windows 7 taking the stage.
Now, off to the overloaded schedule of individual sessions to learn more, get more reactions, and ask important questions.