What to Expect in Microsoft Build 2022 – PCMag | Hot Mobile Press

The big annual developer conference of the Windows, Office and Azure company is coming up again, this time again in an online-only format. And once again, it’s likely to focus more on developer tools, cloud services, and training than on splashy product releases.

However, there are rumors that the first major update for Windows 11, codenamed Sun Valley 2, could arrive in time for Microsoft Build 2022.

How to look at Microsoft Build

Anyone can register for the conference(Opens in a new window) and check it all out on the web at Microsoft Build(Opens in a new window) Subpage free. Create a profile to tailor the conference to your needs and create a personalized session schedule and a “backpack” of your contacts and session recordings for future reference after the show.

The conference begins on May 24 at 11:15 am with the first keynote presentation by CEO Satya Nadella. It only takes 45 minutes — refreshing compared to some keynotes at tech conferences, which are regularly two hours later.

Microsoft build sessions

Many sessions will be both on-demand and live, and the conference will also feature the Imagine Cup(Opens in a new window) World Student Coding Contest Awards, Breakout Sessions, a Connection Zone for interacting with moderators and contestants, and a Microsoft Build After Hours. You can also book 45-minute one-on-one sessions with Microsoft experts for personalized help and information.

The conference includes regional content for France, Germany, Japan, Latin America and the United Kingdom, as well as global content. The conference website features sessions in multiple languages, and AI-assisted subtitles will be available in 28 languages.

According to the schedule, the keynote will “highlight innovations shaping the flexible, innovative and secure business environments of the future”. As in previous years, the main topics will be AI and the cloud (including hybrid and multi-cloud). It will also include sessions for building Android apps for Windows 11, a new feature in this operating system. Edge computing and working with the Microsoft Graph(Opens in a new window) are themes that will come up again this year.

The lack of one technology is particularly striking: HoloLens, Microsoft’s AR headset, is nowhere to be found in the Session catalogue. It’s also extremely easy on game development, although the company has another show for that.

Other sessions at this year’s conference will focus on inclusion, equity, low-code development, Tech for Good, and preparing for the Metaverse.

Azure Arc, a technology for managing hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure, apps and services, plays a big role in multiple sessions, as does Azure in general. Sessions on programming techniques for leveraging Microsoft Teams, which has over 270 million users, are also well represented. Of particular interest are sessions on building conversational AI bots for the platform.

There are also plenty of offerings for those just starting out, including sessions on which programming language you should learn and one on creating an effective online resume to land a tech job. At the other end, a session shows developers over 40 how to shape their careers.

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Windows 11 22H2 could be released

Windows 11 on different devices

This can even happen before the conference, as was the case with previous builds. So what’s in the first feature update of Windows 11 Sun Valley 2, aka version 22H2? Mostly things that can be described as improvements and optimizations. In some cases, this means returning features that were present in Windows 10 but lost in Windows 11. In this category there is an option to drag and drop files onto system tray icons to open them in the app. Another is Start menu folders (although these work more like app folders on mobile operating systems, where you drag one app over another).

More settings will be migrated from the old Control Panel to the new Settings app. Some additional touch gestures are arriving, and the task manager gets some modernizations and an efficiency mode for resource-hungry apps. Accessibility additions include a system-wide live closed captioning feature, voice access, and natural neural voices for the narrator to replace the artificial-sounding computer voice. Finally, 22H2 lets you set Windows Spotlight – previously only available on the lock screen – on the desktop.

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Partner Vendors at Microsoft tBuild 2022

Just as physical tech conferences typically include a mini expo of related companies, Build will have a showcase area with featured partners where the companies’ experts can answer attendees’ questions and forge business connections. Partners include many of the names you’d expect – Adobe, IBM, Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm – as well as newer players.

Stay tuned to PCMag’s Microsoft Build page for the latest news and coverage of technologies featured at Build.

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