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Hardware, Software Expectations Abound at Next Week's Microsoft Build

HoloLens, anyone? How about developing for Xbox apps? Not sure if those will be featured, but Microsoft developers are expecting an expanded device universe for which to develop new apps.

Microsoft has been crafting a "mobile first, cloud first" message since Satya Nadella was installed as CEO two years ago. That message hasn't waned, but the troops and Microsoft's community of developers have had their noses to their screens coding the details. Every Build since then has been a step nearer to fulfilling the mission.

Last year's Build event showcased the base tools -- Visual Studio 2015, Universal Windows Platform, Edge, as well as Windows 10 -- that's helping to get the company nearer to Nadella's mission. This time, the conference widens its view and there's almost a consumerist feel to what is coming. Maybe that's a good thing, since the way to win the hearts and minds of enterprise users is to engage them offsite. So, it's no coincidence that there will be a HoloLens developer kit at around the same time as Build, and there's lots of anticipation from attendees to get their hands on the devices at the event.

Tech site The Verge also calls attention to some infomation it obtained that points to Microsoft's plans to provide developers with the means to expand the Universal Windows Platform for Xbox app development. Xbox might be a gaming console, but it might soon be the hub or extension for some serious, transactional types of business.

In the last few weeks, we've also seen the release to manufacturing of SharePoint 2016 and a solid RC of SQL Server 2016, a renaming and evolution of ASP.NET, and even a Windows 10 preview that piggybacks the new Microsoft Edge extensions. There's lots of information out there. We're just scratching the surface, and there's more of course, much more. And that means, all that developers will need at Build is a bit of focus.

If you're attending Build, what solutions are of most interest to you? Why? Comment below.

Here are ten more links I've run across that might be useful to you, in no particular order and definitely not conforming to any particular theme:

Mixing and Matching UIKit with XAML and the Windows Bridge for iOS ( -- We all seek control

Save money with Application Insights' web SDK 2.0 (Microsoft Azure team) -- Azure unmanaged can become an expensive proposition

Microsoft previews Copy Wizard to ease uploading of big data to Azure Data Factory (V3) -- Copy and paste Big Data from here to there

Debug your Xamarin Apps with the Visual Studio Android Emulator (Channel 9) -- Spend 3 minutes and you'll be debugging

Create RDLC Report In C# ASP.NET (C# Corner) -- Reporting shortcut using C#

How to learn to code in 2016: everything you need to know to start programming (including apps) right now (PC Advisor) -- Now is as good a time as any to learn how to write code

Microsoft Band Users Should Stay Away from Windows Mobile Insider Builds for a While (WinSuperSite) -- Microsoft Band gets no respect

Microsoft's Xbox chief wants to build a fully upgradeable Xbox One (ExtremeTech) -- Imagine using an Xbox for serious work

Microsoft Beefs Up Power BI Data Tool (Application Development Trends) -- Business users get more control over data

IT Industry Mourns PC Pioneer Andrew Grove (Redmond Magazine) -- Grove and Gates made Wintel seemed unstoppable

Know of an interesting link, or does your company have a new or updated product or service targeted at Visual Studio developers? Tell me about it at [email protected].

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