In Case You Blinked at Microsoft Build 2020

So how did you like the 651 sessions at Microsoft Build 2020 this year?  I loved it! Especially the party!  I even placed a bottle of beer in each room in my house and went Bar Hoping after the 1:45 am session on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 😊

The information overload did not disappoint with so many great people working on so many great technologies.

I am excited to share everything I learned in the last 48 hours with my colleagues at Americaneagle.com and start using most of these gems in my day to day work - whether it is consulting, architecting or training – and do my part in passing on what I learned to the rest of the world.

Here is a list with links about the most important announcements that took place in the last 48 hours

Have fun and stay safe everyone!



Microsoft Fluid – Fluid Workspaces and Fluid Components are in preview in Outlook Web App and Office.com.  Fluid will be Open Source! 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/introducing-the-first-microsoft-fluid-framework-experiences-in/ba-p/1345543


Project Cortex
– Coming this summer – Applies AI to Microsoft Graph to create a Knowledge Network for your organization.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/project-cortex-blog/introducing-new-developer-experiences-for-project-cortex/ba-p/1361772




Project Reunion - Unify Win32 and UWP Apps – Hallelujah! This will make some people at Americaneagle.com very happy 😊

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsdeveloper/2020/05/19/developing-for-all-1-billion-windows-10-devices-and-beyond/

Windows Terminal 1.0 Released! – Powerful and fast terminal application

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/windows-terminal-1-0/



PowerToys
is back! – Awesome features! Especially the FancyZones!

https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys

Windows Package Manager – WinGet – Awesome sauce!

https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli

Sidebar in New Edge

https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/05/19/microsoft-edge-news-developers-build-2020/

.NET 5 preview 4 is now available.  Will be released to the public in November 2020

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/dotnet/announcing-entity-framework-core-5-0-preview-4/


.NET Maui – The future of Xamarin Forms and will be part of .NET 6.0 previews available end of 2020.

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/dotnet/introducing-net-multi-platform-app-ui/

Blazor has been released!

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/dotnet/announcing-net-5-0-preview-1/

Visual Studio Live Share now supports Chat and App Sharing

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/visualstudio/live-share-now-with-chat-and-audio-support/

Visual Studio Codespaces – Incredible features! Must have!

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/visualstudio/expanding-visual-studio-2019-support-for-visual-studio-codespaces/

Github Actions for Azure – Integration with VS Code, Azure CLI and the Azure Portal

https://github.blog/2020-05-06-new-from-satellite-2020-github-codespaces-github-discussions-securing-code-in-private-repositories-and-more/

Azure Static Web Applications – This is a Big Deal!  For Angular, React and Vue application to deploy in 5 minutes from GitHub.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/code-collaborate-and-ship-your-apps-from-anywhere/

Azure Kubernetes Service – Now supports WINDOWS SERVER CONTAINERS – This is a Big Deal!

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-general-availability-of-windows-server-containers-and-private-clusters-for-azure-kubernetes-service/

Microsoft is turning to Industry Specific Cloud Solutions and is starting with Healthcare.

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/industry-blog/health/2020/05/19/deliver-better-experiences-insights-and-care-with-microsoft-cloud-for-healthcare/

Azure Quantum – Limited preview – The FIRST full-stack, open cloud ecosystem to unite Quantum Software.

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/quantum/2020/05/19/azure-quantum-preview-new-developer-training-learning-tools/

Microsoft TEAMS is getting so many new features based on the COVID Pandemic but still with all that power, they still don’t know how to solve the Identity problems in Teams. God forbid you have multiple Microsoft accounts for work and personal and want to share identity.  The following blog says it will be coming soon.  Let us pray 😊

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/blogs/?p=4590

Microsoft Lists – Rolling out this summer as a new way to Create, Share and Track your work.  We are going to use that at Americaneagle.com based on the demo I saw! 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/announcing-microsoft-lists-your-smart-information-tracking-app/ba-p/1372233

AZURE COSMOS DB - Getting more affordable!

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/serverless-pricing-model-for-azure-cosmos-db/

Azure SQL Edge - is now available in public preview

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-sql-edge-now-in-preview/

Azure Synapse Link – Enables immediate Business Insights and Live Data Analysis with ease.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-analytics-clarity-in-an-instant/

Azure Cognitive Services – New features available in preview

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-cognitive-services/

Azure Machine Learning – New Optimization Techniques now available for ONNX Runtime

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/turing-nlg-a-17-billion-parameter-language-model-by-microsoft/

Azure IoT Digital Twins – New expanded digital representation capabilities

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/?category=iot&query=Digital%20Twins

Azure IoT Central now includes Template Support for Azure Sphere and IoT Edge

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/iot-central/

Windows IoT is getting some love soon, this article will be available after May 26th

https://aka.ms/AA8ho9d

Teams Live Events is out!  This is a must have for gathering up to 10,000 people live.

Yammer – Nah, never mind 😊


About Author

Alain "Lino" Tadros is the Chief Evangelist and Head of Training at Americaneagle.com. Previously, President & CEO of Falafel Software, a Silicon Valley based company, dedicated to providing world-class consulting, training, and software development for small, medium, and enterprise level businesses. Prior to founding Falafel, Lino was a well-respected member of the development team at Borland for Delphi and C++Builder. Lino has been awarded Microsoft MVP status 15 years in a row for his numerous contributions to the C# community and is an expert in AI & Machine Learning, .NET, Azure, ASP.NET, MVC, iOS, Android, Xamarin, Sitefinity. Lino is an industry renowned speaker and has given numerous presentations in 53 countries since 1994. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of 4 Silicon Valley corporations.


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