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Top 7 announcements at Microsoft Build 2019 Developer Conference

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At the Microsoft Build 2019 Developer Conference, the tech giant is making remarkable momentum in the cloud. It has announced a broad range of innovations that will help its Azure to dominate the world of cloud computing.

The three-day conference taking place in Seattle, WA, brings several new opportunities for the developers and the enterprises looking to dive into the latest cloud technologies, explore client development techniques, or discover new open source tooling and libraries.

The biggest news at Microsoft Build 2019 spanned Windows, Linux, Edge browser, Fluid Framework, and more.

Major announcements at Microsoft Build 2019 Developer Conference

1. Kubernetes Event-driven Autoscaling (KEDA)

Microsoft is adding a number of new features to its Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which includes Kubernetes Event-driven Autoscaling (KEDA) and Azure Policy for AKS.

KEDA is an open source component that supports the deployment of serverless event-driven containers on Kubernetes created with collaboration with Red Hat. It will bring a new hosting option for Azure Functions that can be deployed as a container in Kubernetes clusters. It is now available in public preview.

Whereas, the Azure Policy for AKS will help in blocking violations happening at runtime and performs compliance assessments on existing clusters.

2. New features for Microsoft Edge

Last year, Microsoft announced its plans to adopt the Chromium open source project for developing Microsoft Edge on the desktop. The aim was to create better web compatibility for customers, and less fragmentation for the web for all web developers.

Now, the company is rolling out a number of new features that will be available with the next version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. These new features will include an Internet Explorer mode, Privacy Tools, and Collections.

The Internet Explorer Mode will bring the Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge via a new tab. This will allow enterprises to run legacy IE-based apps in a modern browser.

The Privacy Tools will bring three levels of privacy in Edge browser—Unrestricted, Balanced, and Strict. These privacy levels will decide how third-parties track users across the web.

Whereas, the Collections will remove the information overload from users, by more efficiently collecting, organizing, and sharing content.

3. Shipping Linux Kernel with Windows

Windows loves Linux!

For the first time, the Linux kernel will be included as a component in Windows. Microsoft is adding an in-house custom-built Linux kernel to underpin the latest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

4. Windows Subsystem for Linux: WSL 2

Microsoft has also unveiled a new architecture for the WSL for Linux. The updates will increase the file system performance, and enable full system call compatibility. This will allow customers to run more Linux apps in WSL 2.

The new architecture will update the way Linux binaries interact with Windows and computer’s hardware. Still, it will deliver the same user experience as in WSL 1.

5. Windows Terminal

Build conference has also witnessed the release of Windows Terminal, which is a new, modern, fast, efficient, and productive terminal application for customers who use command-line tools and shells, such as Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL.

6. Autonomous systems with Microsoft AI

Microsoft has unveiled a limited preview program for developers to build autonomous systems with Microsoft AI and Azure tools. These developers will be allowed to work with experts at Microsoft for developing intelligent agents that can autonomously run physical systems.

“Machines have been progressing on a path from being completely manual to having a fixed automated function to becoming intelligent where they can actually deal with real-world situations themselves,” said Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft vice president for Business AI.

“We want to help accelerate that journey, without requiring our customers to have an army of AI experts.”

7. New capabilities in Fluid Framework

Fluid Framework is a developer technology for building a new class of shared, interactive experiences on the web. It is getting three new capabilities.

First, it will support multi-person co-authoring on web and document content.

Second, it will allow authors to de-construct content into collaborative building blocks and use them across apps. They will also be able to combine the blocks in a new and more flexible kind of document.

Third, the Fluid Framework will now allow intelligent agents to work alongside humans for the purpose of translating text, fetching content, suggesting edits, performing compliance checks, and more.

 “We’ll make this technology broadly available to developers and integrate it into Microsoft 365 experiences like Word, Teams, and Outlook to transform the way that you work with these tools. We will launch both the software developer kit and the first experiences powered by the Fluid Framework later this year,” wrote Rajesh Jha, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Experiences and Devices, in a blog post.

Wrapping up:

Most of the announcements at the Microsoft Build 2019 are focused on developer tools, spanning Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft Edge, Windows, Linux, AI development, etc.

Also read: Microsoft rolls out new AI capabilities in Azure for developers and enterprises

Stay tuned with us for further announcements at Microsoft Build 2019.

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