Will Microsoft surprise us all at Build?

In a few hours, I’ll be heading to San Francisco to prepare for Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conferenced devoted to all things Windows, Azure, and more.

We’re going to be hearing a lot about Windows and the Universal App Platform, with Microsoft getting on board with new apps for Skype, for OneDrive, and for Groove, among others, and we’re hoping to hear how the platform itself is much improved. We’ll most likely get a look at new Live Tiles features, and if Microsoft doesn’t release new numbers on Windows 10 adoption, well that will be news in itself (we’ve been stuck on that 200 million number all year).

We won’t be seeing any new hardware, no new Surface phones, in fact no new Surfaces, well at least in the flesh. Microsoft has said that there won’t be a hardware giveaway this year, finally bailing out of the one-upmanship game they’ve been playing the last few years.

There was a bit of a flurry last week when a Microsoft program manager promised that we would “FREAK OUT” about new Windows 10 features coming at Build, in a series of tweets that have since been deleted. Whether those features would only excite command line users (Rich Turner, the PM who tweeted, works on command line tools), or the rest of us, well we’ll soon find out.

HoloLens is going to be a big player at Build. Microsoft is shipping out developer units of the new AR device as we speak, and with units in hand, developers are going to be excited to hear more about HoloLens and what it can do, and Microsoft plans to oblige.

Microsoft typically splits Build keynotes into two days, one Windows related, and day two all about the cloud. This year will be no exception, and we’ll hear a lot about Azure on the second day.

So we know all that, Microsoft will be pumping up developers for Windows 10 and the Universal App Platform, for HoloLens, for Azure, and for a whole slate of technologies. But will there be surprises?

What do you want to see coming out of Build? What do you expect to see?  Will there be big surprises, or is Microsoft heading down the same ho-hum path that Apple has been following lately?

Let us know what you think will happen and we’ll see you at Build!

 

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