The three-day Microsoft Build 2021 developers conference started virtually today with the No. 2 cloud provider introducing a slew of updates to its Azure cloud computing capabilities.
Azure announcements ranged from artificial intelligence (AI) features, to app services running on Kubernetes clusters with Azure Arc, to Azure Cosmos DB enhancements. The Redmond, Wash., technology company also provided a look at the new PyTorch Enterprise on Microsoft Azure, new Azure Marketplace offers and the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK.
Microsoft is targeting a developer audience that’s estimated to reach 71.5 million in 2030, a 44.5 percent increase from today, according to IDC.
“It is our mission to empower this next generation of developers with world-class tools and cloud services that allow them to build the applications of the future,” Gabe Monroy, vice president of Microsoft Azure developer experience, said in a blog post. “These applications of the future will be intelligent, infused with AI to provide advanced insights.”
The applications will incorporate open-source technology and libraries from across the globe, will be reliable under load and secure by design, and will be built with tools that allow developers to seamlessly move from idea to code to cloud, according to Monroy.
“We see customers on Microsoft Azure building these applications of the future today by leveraging cloud-native technologies like containers, Kubernetes, microservices, serverless functions and API-centric design,“ he said. “With the success our customers have experienced using cloud-native technologies on Azure, many are now trying to replicate that success in other environments. They want the best-in-class development and management experiences for their cloud-native workloads in Azure and in their on-premises environments, edge locations and on other clouds like AWS and Google Cloud.”
Here’s a look at some of the top Azure news from Microsoft Build 2021.