A week after Google, Microsoft also released its news to developers and companies and held its annual conference for the second time in a row Builds Exclusively online.
In the introductory topic for Build 2021, Microsoft thanks the developers:
Even after twelve months, it’s still weird. I have personally participated in the creation many times and as in the case of I / O, WWDC and other events of a similar nature, it was always a non-transferable online experience: a barn filled with thousands of people from everyone around the world, huge screens and yes, especially the show. The sound and regulation system comically matches the Rolling Stones party.
MS Build from the Old World Offline: Crowded Halls, Gigantic Dining Halls and yes, more than a healthy amount of Starbucks conferences.
This all ended last year, and no one dared to predict whether the behemoth would revert to a similar format. Organizing the same across the web is only cheaper and greener within reach. After all, just imagine how many 5-6 thousand developers and other visitors drink coffee and order sandwiches during their lunch break.
Satya Nadella exchanged in An introductory keyword San Francisco Moscone Center stage behind the library. Like last year, we’ve only seen it digitally this year.
GitHub already has 65 million developers and one doing it yourself
After a passionate reminder of a time when the world was still okay, go back to Virtual Build. Every introductory lecture begins with numbers and construction is no exception. Three years ago, Microsoft bought GitHub for $ 7.5 billion, which today serves more than 65 million developers from all over the world.
Of course, our Let’s Programming Electronics series is also on GitHub
Visual Studio Code is the most popular IDE
The Visual Studio development kit is popular 25 million usersTaken from the original experience Visual Studio Code is today The most famous IDE in the world, Which eventually comically surpassed her nearly twenty-five-year-old heavyweight model.
Visual Studio Code is multi-platform, incredibly flexible and versatile thanks to add-ons, for free, and according to Microsoft, it is also the most popular IDE in the world.
Windows 10 works on 1.3 billion computers
What kind of build would it be if Redmond engineers didn’t remember Windows as well. The number of Tens-powered devices has exceeded 1.3 billion And it gradually gets closer to its roof.
Dozens are already running 1.3 billion personal computers. Where is their roof?
Teams use 145 million souls every day
The Teams communication and collaboration platform is also growing, which has been using it daily for more than a year in case the epidemic spreads more than 145 million users. Double what it was in the last year.
Teams are used on a daily basis by 145 million users, and Microsoft prides itself on often being larger companies with more than 1,000 employees.
The AI will help you write in the new Power Fx programming language
And now for the news.
Microsoft boasted of a new one at the start of the year Low code A programming language based on the syntax of formulas and expressions in spreadsheets. If you control left Excel command line, Forex Power, Created under a free license on GitHub, is the next step.
Do you like formulas in Excel? Then you should love Power Fx, too
Because Power Fx is a simple language designed for the business platform Microsoft PowerSo many business analysts and strategists are supposed to program in it, the company wants to make it as easy as possible for them. Using a neural network.
This is only a model GPT-3 From OpenAI. GPT models are known for their ability to generate reliable text, chat with you, etc., so it should come as no surprise that they will help you write program code in the case of Power Fx.
In normal human English you write what you need to calculate, and the code generator outputs a final snippet in Power Fx.
Example of how GPT-3 generates code from human input in Power Fx:
By the way, related experience from IBM deserves a mention here CodeNet, Which we also wrote about recently. So a giant database of source code in dozens of programming languages that neural networks like GPT-3 and others can learn to create text on. In this case, the program codes.
PyTorch Foundation on Azure
Speaking of AI, of course, Azure Cloud Hosting is going to be packed with it. As part of Azure, Microsoft will offer tools to integrate neural networks and machine learning into specific business tasks and business logic.
Basically, the first generation of more general AI APIs, which translate texts, recognize what’s in images, etc., will also complement technologies that the company can really use in their business. For example in accounting data analysis, design, etc.
According to Microsoft, the future AI platform is PyTorch
It’s also big news PyTorch Enterprise on MS Azure – Excellent support for the most popular AI framework, which Facebook originally launched. If not at all, let us just remind you that the world of machine learning and applied neural networks is now split between several key frameworks that are making things easier for developers.
With the help of such a framework, you’ll literally run a specific AI template on a few lines of code, which we also tried in our Let’s Program Electronics series, in which we use a Neural Network Image Model and TensorFlow framework. Learn about things in front of the camera.
Using the AI framework (TensorFlow), we were able to write a simple application in Python that recognizes a person in an image from the web
Google makes TensorFlow, but under it, PyTorch is becoming increasingly popular. It will now be official live on Microsoft’s powerful servers and with enough support.
Azure services in the cloud and Pepře in the server room
AI-grade technologies are one of the pillars of Azure (but also to rival Google Cloud and IBM – all companies do the same to some extent), and the other is portability.
Azure is everywhere from a data center to a server somewhere in the company
Microsoft is well aware that it will not simply pull all companies into the public cloud (data centers around the world), because many of them want to have critical computers and data under their roof (in the workplace) or at least partially (mixed) cloud).
In Redmond, he would try to meet them and through it Rulers And other technologies from running Azure services both in the data center, for example somewhere in Frankfurt, and in the server room in Smíchov, which Ing takes care of. Luboš Pepř and it’s really good at it.
German company Lufthansa is also working on Azure and AI
We’ll erase our carbon footprint until 1975
Okay, but what kind of news would the cloud be if it weren’t green and carbon free, right? Last year, Microsoft announced a bold goal that it doesn’t want to be carbon neutral by 2030 (buying electricity from renewable sources, etc.), but rather directly carbon negative. By 2050, it wants to save the same amount of carbon emissions it has produced as a company since its inception in 1975.
The Green Foundation is under the control of Linux
To back up those words with a few more words, break up with Accenture, GitHub (of his), ThoughtWorks, and many other players and co-found the Linux Foundation. Green Software Foundation.
The goal should be new standards and tools by 2030 Reduce computer emissions by 45%. Whether green or purple, it has its own logic, and computers – be it servers in data centers or your cell phones in your pocket – together they represent a technological marvel and the essence of today’s digital age, but they are also incredible cannibals on a global scale. energy.
The program icon will also be green
The Green Software Foundation will try to reduce their hunger for joules not by hardware, but by application and software – by supporting the development of more efficient algorithms, moving computations to more energy-efficient clouds and so on.
Gentlemen, good idea, but without the aforementioned from Google, IBM, Samsung, Apple and the other big fishes it still remains just a fun marketing.
Therefore, the second year of the pure online Microsoft Build Developer Development Conference has successfully started and the introductory year Opening remarks on Tuesday by Satya Nadelli And other lecturers on Wednesday, and of course a series of accompanying lectures and workshops.