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Microsoft Build 2022: CEO Satya Nadella Calls Azure ‘The World’s Computer’

Wade Tyler Millward

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discusses Microsoft Dev Box, Power Pages, Teams live share and other new products during his Build keynote address.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella used his keynote address during his company’s Build conference this week to promote new offerings such as Microsoft Dev Box, Power Pages and “live share” in Teams and to update developers on the tech giant’s investments in technologies ranging from low code/no code to the metaverse.

“We’re building Microsoft Cloud as a platform to help you build your own platforms,” Nadella said. “Here at this conference, we are announcing more than 50 new products and features spanning every layer of the stack. These are your platforms to build upon.”

He continued: “Ultimately, this is about maximizing the opportunity for every developer by providing the richest set of technologies and platforms that empower you to dream and build what is next, breaking free of any arbitrary restrictions and removing friction so you can reach every person and every corner of the planet.”

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Microsoft held its Build conference online this week as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

New previews for Azure announced during the conference include Azure OpenAI Service, AI dashboards in Azure Machine Learning and a web application routing add-in for Azure Kubernetes Service were among the biggest Azure announcements from Microsoft during this year’s Build conference aimed at developers.

“Azure is the world’s computer with 60-plus data center regions connected by over 175,000 miles of fiber over 190 points of presence,” Nadella said

This delivers faster access to cloud services while addressing the critical data residency requirements. And we’re not stopping there.

Along with the previews, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft announced new generally available features for its cloud service, including Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform, document and conversation summarization with Azure Cognitive Service for Language and a ledger feature for Azure SQL Database.

Updates expected later this year include general availability for GitHub Copilot, general availability for Azure Spring Apps Enterprise, Dynatrace for Azure and Purview Data Estate Insights.

Teams previews included Loop components across Teams chats and Outlook emails and collaboration controls in Power Apps. Features to become generally available for Teams include improved discoverability in the app’s store, a Teams JavaScript 2.0 software development kit (SDK) and Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code.

Coming this summer are previews for approvals APIs for frontline and office Teams users, an app from Figma, new license management capabilities in the Teams App Store, a link unfurling expansion and a Bosch Cognitive Service Maintenance app in Teams, among other new features.

Here’s what Nadella had to say during Build.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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