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.