500M Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal

The update would be optimal if Microsoft had a pervasive mobile operating system, but the United States technology giant saw Windows smartphones eclipsed by Apple and Android devices, the analyst noted. Microsoft has always owned the market.

Last year, Microsoft made a big fuss about bots.

The concentration of cloud-computing expertise has been a driver of the Seattle-area's recent high-technology industry growth, with startups and giants like Google and Facebook setting up shop or expanding here to take advantage of the talent in the field.

In most cases that is not hard to do, and it's getting easier by the month, according to Peter Nixey, founder and CEO of email start-up Copyin.

"What Orwell prophesied in '1984, ' where technology was being used to monitor, control, dictate, or what Huxley imagined we may do just by distracting ourselves without any meaning or objective", Nadella said.

Microsoft's Cortana is about to get a hand from the developer community, as it seeks to tackle Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. If you are not aware, Microsoft's developer conference generally consists of the introduction of new tools and services for developers to build more software products.

"A new design system for the next wave of creativity across devices; experiences that move with you across Windows, iOS, and Android; Spotify, SAP Digital Boardroom are coming to the Windows Store; new tools that make Windows home for all developers; and the world's first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers no markers required", said Terry Myerson, executive vice president Windows and Devices Group. "Hopefully we'll meet these expectations". Announced previous year, the framework now has more than 130,000 registered developers.

However, unlike its rivals, Microsoft showed no interest in a stand-alone smart speaker.

Microsoft is now live streaming the keynotes and announcements from Build 2017 on its Channel 9 page. "Now, it's a much more diverse crowd".

The technology giant today introduced a host of new services for its Azure infrastructure-as-a-service platform that were headlined by Cosmos DB, a managed database created to support "planet-scale applications".

Talking of AI and machine learning, Microsoft has committed to the aim of pushing AI into all of its product portfolio, from Bing and Office to Xbox and Azure.

Kishan explained that rather than try to run some kind of dynamic emulation, Microsoft developed a "Compiled Hybrid PE" (CHPE) - a set of x86 DLLs with x86 data types, and ARM64 code.

But the conference also included an update on the uptake of Microsoft's signature software, released in summer 2015.

As for this week, he said, "it's going to be cloud, cloud, cloud".