Microsoft Build 2018: Complete Coverage

Microsoft Build, the company’s developer conference, will again take place in Seattle, Washington. The company is playing its cards close to its chest this year, as there’s no hotly anticipated hardware expected in coming months, and the Windows 10 April Update was just released. Microsoft will likely use Build to tease the next generation of Windows and fill in developers on high-tech initiatives such as ambient computing and quantum programming.

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As Windows moves beyond the window, it’s going to get even better

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From evil empire to role model, Microsoft builds its claim to the high ground

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Microsoft wants Cortana and Alexa to be friends. Is that cool or just awkward?

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There’s a whole world outside Windows, and Microsoft finally gets it

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Keep dreaming. Microsoft’s ‘mixed reality’ visions remain out of reach

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