As I write, the Build keynote is less than ten hours away. Here are a few pieces of scuttlebutt to read until it kicks off.
I'm assuming that Microsoft will nail down lots of tiny little details about the Windows 10 rollout. The question is: Will there be any big surprising news?
We should also get a name for "Spartan," Internet Explorer's replacement.
Compared to Apple's WWDC keynotes, Microsoft developer keynotes sometimes get a bit technical. (Hey. they're for developers!) But there's another one tomorrow, and some of the more intense coding stuff may be reserved for that one.
"Good morning ladies and gentlemen, we are about to begin..."
"If you cannot find a seat, there are overflow rooms available downstairs."
(San Francisco needs a bigger event hall for these things.)
Satya Nadella is onstage. Says he's been at every Microsoft developer event since 1991--the first as a third-party developer.
He's reminding us that Microsoft was developed by two developers who had a bold ambition to help other developers build new things. Paul Allen recently tweeted code from the original version of Microsoft BASIC which he and Bill Gates wrote.
Microsoft's mission is to help people do more, and that starts with helping developers do more.
He says that Microsoft wants to build bridges to developers, to help them bring the skills they already have.
He's talking about developers he's met, including young people--such as a middle-school girl who build a robot.
Nadella is welcoming David William Hearn, a musician and "accidental developer."
Hearn is demoing an app for writing music using handwriting recognition of musical notes.
It runs on a Surface and has been out for a few weeks.
Nadella says one person or a small team with a dream and passion can have huge impact.
He says the keynote is about three major platform shifts. The intelligent cloud, reinventing productivity, more personal computing.
"The mobility of the experience is what matters, not the mobility of the device."
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie onstage to talk about the intelligent cloud.
Guthrie says Microsoft's Azure cloud platform is available in more countries than Amazon AWS and Google's cloud combined. 90,000 new users a month, 1.4 million databases with 50 trillion objects.
He says that Microsoft is embracing open-source technologies such as Docker, and has open-sourced its own .NET technology.
Ben Golub and Mark Russinovich coming onstage to do an Azure demo.
Golub is talking about Docker, which lets developers package up apps into self-contained packages which can run on any server. Started with Linux, but he says Microsoft has embraced it and is contributing to it.
Russinovich is onstage doing a geeky hands-on Docker demo.
He's publishing an app from Windows via Docker, which will let it be run on Linux. Docker chooses random names for these packages by default. In this case it's "QuicklyWozniak."
Guthrie is back and says that it's an exciting time. Everything's being disrupted: hospitality (Airbnb), taxis (Uber). Everyone's looking for ways to enable themselves to benefit from this. Digital products help, which means it's never been a better time to be a developer.
3M, which has 88,000 employers, is a good example. It's using and loving Azure to host apps, such as an internal mobile one for its sales staff. A small team built something useful over a weekend and rolled it out on Monday.
Azure can scale resources up and down as your app requires, so you get what you need but don't pay for what you don't need.
Scott Hanselman onstage for an Azure demo. He's praising Raspberry Pi.
Demo includes uploading a 3D model for 3D printing. He's showing the code that makes this work.
Hanselman is talking about an Android emulator which is part of the tools you get with Visual Studio.