Microsoft’s Build 2016 will take three days and has already surprised with several innovations.

Microsoft’s conference Build 2016, that is taking place in San Francisco on March 30 – April 1, has already brought a bunch of exciting news. The event is filled with strong technical sessions as well as opportunities to meet and learn from others in the industry. Microsoft has promised solid content along with some fun surprises.Telegraph reports live updates of everything that is going on the conference.

Today Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, and Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows and Devices Group, performed to thousands of developers and revealed what work Microsoft Corp. is doing to help them embrace the new era of conversational intelligence and create more personal computing for every customer, industry and business.

Nadella unveiled what improvements to Cortana have been done and presented previews of new cloud services and toolkits developed to understand the world around us and create intelligent bots. The Cortana Intelligence Suite is powered by cutting-edge research into big data, machine learning, perception, analytics and intelligent bots.

The two new additions to the Cortana Intelligence Suite include Microsoft Cognitive Services, a collection of intelligence APIs that use natural methods of communication and thus allow systems to see, hear, speak and interpret our needs, and the Microsoft Bot Framework, which helps to build intelligent bots for customers to chat using natural language on a wide variety of platforms including text/SMS, Office 365, Skype, Slack, the Web and more.

“As an industry, we are on the cusp of a new frontier that pairs the power of natural human language with advanced machine intelligence,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we call this Conversations as a Platform, and it builds on and extends the power of the Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows platforms to empower developers everywhere.”

As for Myerson, he presented the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which included innovations for Windows Ink, Cortana, Windows Hello and gaming. Today, Windows 10 is installed on over 270 million active devices, outpacing Windows 7 by 145 percent. Windows Ink enables you to use your device as paper: you can write on it, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and easily share your analog thoughts in the digital world. With Windows Hello you can log into your devices and websites with enterprise-grade security. Microsoft promises more innovations this summer when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update becomes broadly available.

“With Windows 10 now running on over 270 million active devices, we’re celebrating with our fans by delivering the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This significant update will help you interact with your Windows 10 devices as naturally as you interact with the world around you — using your pen, presence and voice,” Myerson said. “We are dedicated to making Windows the most productive development environment for all developers, with all-new capabilities for the Universal Windows Platform and all-new tools for bringing apps to Windows 10 from any platform.”

Build 2016 also saw the first shipment of Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition that actually extended the Windows experience to holograms and enabled developers building the future of holographic computing. Microsoft underlines that such institutions as Case Western Reserve University and NASA already use HoloLens.

Besides Microsoft unveiled Xbox Dev Mode, which allows any Xbox One to be a developer kit, enabling anyone to develop for the living room.

Microsoft has been in focus of attention this week. It has just added programming language, Solidity, into Visual Studio, thus considerably facilitating building stuff with Ethereum for millions of developers. The integration of Solidity in Visual Studio, a rich and integrated development environment for creating applications for Windows, Android, and iOS, means adding the power of decentralised applications to the most powerful development platform so far.

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