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.
He's showing how to scale an app up, telling Azure how many resources you want.
Microsoft is frontloading this stuff--pretty technical, and not consumery--but will get to Office, Windows, etc. before this keynote is over.
"I feel like perhaps I haven't sufficiently blown your mind." Now he's showing a new version of Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, which runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
"Visual Studio is now a family of tools for every developer, and Azure is the cloud back end for everything."
Guthrie back on stage. Says Visual Studio Code is designed to be small and fast. And it's free.
Guthrie says Microsoft offers "best-in-class tools for every developer." With the "every" italicized. The era when "developer" and "Microsoft" were nearly synonymous is long gone.
Guthrie is talking about AccuWeather, which switched from Amazon AWS to Azure and processes 6 billion requests a day. Also mentioning DocuSign and GE Healthcare and what they're doing with Azure.
Guthrie is showing a video of ESRI, the geographic info company, which has 10,000 SQL databases running on Azure.
Guthrie going over more new Azure features, such as "elastic database pool," which is pretty much what it sounds like.
Lara Rubbelke onstage for an elastic database pool demo.
You can specify the minimum and maximum database resources you need. Using AI, Azure automatically allocates resources on the fly.
I only just realized that Fabrikam, which has come up in these demos, is an imaginary company.
(Contoso is the greatest fake-company-used-in-Microsoft-demos of all time.)
We're seeing a video about using data to predict business outcomes, by using SQL Data Warehouse, another scalable new Azure feature.
Power BI is a new tool for visualizing data.
Also possible to run SQL Data Warehouse on-premises on your own servers as well as on Azure.
Ford is using IoT sensors on all its vehicles to improve the customer experience. Data is stored on SQL Data Warehouse.
Rockwell Automation and the NFL are also customers.
Azure offering another new service with a cool name "Data Lake."
Mike Bugembe of JustGiving onstage to talk about its social giving platform.
JustGiving has "built a machine" which understands how you want to give (money, time) and what you care about, and how that changes over time.
All done with Microsoft technologies.
Guthrie: "Each of you now has access to cloud resources which were unimaginable just a few years ago. There's never been a better time to be a developer."
Satya Nadella back on stage to introduce Office section of keynote.
Rob Lefferts is doing a demo, showing how an Excel spreadsheet with an SAP add-in can run in Excel for Windows, Excel Online, and Excel for the iPad.
Lefferts just demoed technology which lets an Office add-in talk to the Uber app and request a pickup.
Computer being used for demo keeps having IM pop-ups. In German. One said "Send me the drugs!" Laughter from audience, apparently confusing Nadella and Lefferts. Unless this is all intentional.
Nadella says Office has 1.5B users, 470 petabytes of data, trillions of edges which developers can call on.
Nadella is moving to Windows 10 section of keynote.
Nadella says Windows 10 ushers in a new era: more personal, about mobility as an experience, not a device, and Windows as a service. Playing VERY LOUD video.