All About Microsoft's New Tools and Services for Developers

Posted by Sophina Dillard on Saturday, 3 June 2017 0

It’s time to talk about Build 2017. For those who don’t know, it’s Microsoft’s annual developer conference, and this year did not disappoint. In fact, Microsoft announced new tools and services they hope will help developers modernize existing apps and build more intelligent ones.

As Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said, “In a world of near infinite compute power and an exponential growth in data, we are focused on empowering every developer to build applications for this new era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.”Without further ado, let’s get to it.

The Latest Microsoft Services and How They’ll Help Your Business

One of Microsoft’s key discussion points was the abundance of information in our world and the opportunities to achieve it entails. To account for this, some of the latest Microsoft services are new Azure and AI services that allow developers to build intelligent apps with ease. More specifically, Microsoft announced:

A preview of Azure IoT Edge, technology that extends the intelligence — and other benefits — of cloud computing to edge devices.
Extensions to the Microsoft Graph to combine insights from the world of work with device insights and contextual awareness of the physical world.
Technology that will allow you to search the real world in the same way you search the digital world, helping to keep your data safe and secure while making you more productive.

Improvements to Azure

To show how they’re helping developers be more successful modernizing and building new apps, a Microsoft service they announced was Azure Cosmos DB, “the industry’s first globally distributed, multimodel database service to deliver horizontal scale with guaranteed uptime, throughput, consistency and single-digit millisecond latency at the 99th percentile.” Built from the ground up, this Microsoft service offer developers the needed flexibility to develop apps for everything from AI to mobile.

Also announced are new MySQL- and PostgreSQL-managed services for the Azure SQL Database (promotes high availability and scalability to developers), a new Managed Instance private preview that offers customers SQL Server instance-level compatibility, general availability of Threat Detection and Visual Studio 2017 for Mac (allows developers to work across Windows and Mac environments with full support for mobile, web and cloud), and preview of Graph support. To help developers move their data, Microsoft also showed an early preview of their new database migration services that they hope will encourage developers to modernize their apps.

Office 365: Another Improved Microsoft Service

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With over 100 million active users, it makes sense that Microsoft is improving Office 365 to better connect developers to customers. Exemplifying this, developers can now publish for Microsoft Teams, Office 365’s chat-based workspace, add new capabilities to Team apps (third-party notifications in the activity feed, Compose Extensions and Actionable Messages), and soon, apps in Teams will be more discoverable for end users.

They’re also making new Microsoft Graph APIs from Sharepoint Online and Planner available to developers, which give them access to Office 365 data and intelligence to help them build smarter apps. Developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) who host their production SaaS apps on Azure can now also have their apps’ data and workflow automatically extend to authorized Office 365 customers.

AI to Augment a Developer’s Capabilities

Our last subject today will be Microsoft’s aim to bring AI to every developer, thereby amplifying ‘human ingenuity with intelligent technology.’ In this vein, the tech giant added new cognitive services and custom intelligence capabilities such as vision, speech, language, knowledge and search into their app and bot experiences. Similarly, Microsoft launched the new Cognitive Services Labs that enable developers to experiment with new services.


In conclusion, whether you’re part of a startup or a large enterprise, the latest Microsoft services and tools will help any developer build smarter apps fit for the tech world we live in.

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