All The Important Stuff From Microsoft Build 2015

All The Important Stuff From Microsoft Build 2015

Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference has kicked off today, bringing a host of news about Windows 10 and its developer tools. Here are all the key developments in one handy wrap-up. Just when will Windows 10 get its official release?

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No Confirmed Windows 10 Release Date Yet

We’ve long known Microsoft was due to release the final version of Windows 10 before the end of the (US) summer, and some evidence suggests as soon as July. It was speculated that Microsoft might use Build to name an official release date, but that didn’t happen in the first keynote. We may not have to wait long to find out, however. There’s a second keynote tomorrow, and the next likely announcement target after that is Microsoft Ignite (the successor conference to TechEd), which takes place in Chicago next week.

Microsoft Edge Is Project Spartan

Project Spartanbrowser in Windows 10

Developer Tools For Moving Android And iOS To Windows

Visual Studio Code

Continuum And Cortana

New Windows Store Payment Options

The Windows Store is going to offer payment options via carrier billing — so you pay for apps as part of your phone bill — as well as the ability to support purchase orders from larger businesses. There will also be new options to make it easier to pay for recurring subscriptions.

More HoloLens Demonstrations

earlier this year

Office API Extensions

New Azure Big Data Tools

New Azure tools announced at Build 2015 include Azure Data Lake, which can support data pools of up to one petabyte. Microsoft has been talking up the “data lake” concept since mid-last year. Microsoft also previewed Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a broad-scale data warehousing platform that runs in the cloud.


  • “companies who need Internet Explorer features (yes, they exist) will need to install them separately.”

    Not meaning to be Debbie downer…but that includes a very large amount of corporate entities, and software developers who design applications for specific browsers – commonly IE in most companies.

    I feel this might be a bit of a bottleneck for companies thinking about moving over to Windows 10, however I suppose they can just roll out IE separately, or implement Enterprise Mode or similar in Edge.

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