I had the privilege of attending and speaking at Microsoft Build 2018 this year as a guest of the Windows Insider Team at Microsoft, along with two other Windows Insiders Irving Amukasa Anjere and Uwabajimana N. Ange – you can read about their stories here.
For those who don’t know what the Windows Insider Program is – in a nutshell, it allows users to test the latest and greatest Windows 10 builds from Microsoft, allowing them to feed directly into the feedback process in order to help shape the product, as well as connecting these “Insiders” together in order to help them do great things in their local communities. (P.S You can sign up at https://insider.windows.com).
I had the pleasure of meeting Dona Sarkar (Head of the Windows Insider Program), and Jeremiah Marble (Director of Developer Marketing) on my first day when we rehearsed – it was brilliant to get an insight into the people behind the Windows Insider Team.
On Day 1 of Build, we heard from Satya Nadella on Microsoft’s vision of the Intelligent Cloud and the Intelligent Edge, as well as hearing from Scott Guthrie on the latest advancements in Azure – we had some pretty amazing demos as well, including AI & Drone’s as well as the Intelligent Meeting Room.
After the keynote, I spent some time on the expo hall floor visiting booths and hearing from those who have built the technologies that I use every day in my work – the thing that struck me most about this was how genuinely pleased these people were that you were using their technologies. I then spent some time at the Windows Insiders booth where I met more of the Windows Insiders team.
In the early evening, I then had the privilege of speaking at one of the Windows Insider team’s sessions on turning your code into a viable business which was great fun!
Later that evening, we were brought outside the expo hall, where we were told we would meet a “special guest” – who turned out to be Sataya Nadella himself. I had a chance to talk to him for 5 minutes or so, where I was able to tell him about Proto Software as well as the strong developer community present at home.
On Day 2 of build, we heard from Joe Belfiore on the advancements coming to Windows 10 in the coming months, as well as information on the Microsoft Graph API
I had lots of time to go around different booths speaking to more developers and PM’s as well as attending different talks, including a talk on the future of app development by Miguel De Icaza – co – founder of Xamarin as well as talks on creating intelligent Bots hosted in Azure.
On the final day of build, I had the opportunity to visit the expo floor again talking to more engineers as well as attending more talks – I even ended up volunteering to be part of a Xamarin & Cognitive Services Demo (https://medius.studios.ms/Embed/Video/THR2416?sid=THR2416).
I then got the chance to participate in the Windows Insider Mixer Webcast where I got a chance to talk about Proto Software and my involvement in the Windows Insider Program (https://mixer.com/WindowsInsider) – all in all – a very good end to a great 3 days.
On a side note…
One of the major Windows Insider Announcements from build 2018 was the launch of the Insider Dev Tour (https://insiderdevtour.com) – I’ll be attending the event in Dublin and I would encourage you to attend the event nearest to you!