Title: Microsoft Build 2016 Conference Keynote (Day 1) Full Event – Transcript
Event Date: March 30, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.
Satya Nadella – CEO, Microsoft
Terry Myerson – EVP, Windows and Devices Group
Bryan Roper – Executive Demo Lead at Microsoft
Kevin Gallo – Director, Windows Developer Platform at Microsoft
Phil Spencer – Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Game Studios
Ashley Speicher – Lead Software Design Engineer at Microsoft
Alex Kipman – Chief Evangelist for HoloLens, Microsoft
Dr. Pamela Davis – Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Marcus Ash – Group Program Manager for Cortana
Lilian Rincon – Group Program Manager, Skype
Dan Driscoll – Microsoft Senior Research Development Engineer
Lili Cheng – General Manager, FUSE Labs, Microsoft Research
Cornelia Carapcea – Senior Program Manager Lead at Microsoft
Satya Nadella – CEO, Microsoft
Good morning. Good morning, and welcome to Build 2016. It’s fantastic to be back here in San Francisco. Welcome to everyone here with us, as well as everyone joining us on the web.
You know, for me it feels like I’ve marked all my adult life with Microsoft developer conferences. In fact, when I think about even the birth of my children, I think about the various platform eras at Microsoft. My son belongs to IaaS, and my daughters are all .NET. And so it’s so fantastic to be back here and talking to developers.
I mean, there’s one thing that’s so unique about developer conferences. Developers come here excited already about technology. They get to see more technology, meet more people who are talking technology. But most importantly, they walk away inspired by what they see, what they learn, to build even more cooler technology. That uniqueness of developer conferences is what we want to celebrate here over the next three days. That ability of developers to amplify technology is what we want to talk about over the course of this conference at Build.
Talking about all of this technology, in fact, there is a much more mainstream dialogue about the role of technology in our society. And it’s the right time to have that dialogue, because technology is so much more mainstream. It’s embedded in our daily lives. It’s embedded in our companies, in our industries, in our economies and countries, much more so than ever before.
And so we have these profound questions and issues in front of us. Is technology driving economic growth for everyone? Or is economic growth stalled in spite of technological spend? Is technology empowering people or is it displacing us? Is technology helping us preserve our enduring values such as privacy or is it compromising it? These are the issues that are being discussed, and they’re the right issues for us to have a broad dialogue, not just in one company, not just in our industry, but as a society.
I am an optimist. We, as a company, are optimistic about what technology can do for us. I believe technology can, in fact, drive economic growth all over the world. I believe technology can empower us in our daily lives. I believe technology can be used to preserve our enduring values.
We do, however, have to make choices how we go about building technology. We need to make design choices, economic choices, and social choices that ensure that the way we build technology, the way we use technology helps us make progress as a society.
That optimism and that self-choice is embedded and coded in our mission, to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We want to make things so that others can make things and make things happen. That is our broad platform approach.
And when we think about driving success and empowering people and businesses through digital technology, we have to start with all of you as developers. We have to empower you with technology, but more importantly we have to create that opportunity for you to be able to express your creativity that can change the world. And throughout this developer conference that’s what we’re going to talk about, what are the platforms that you get to work on that really are going to help you change the world.
We live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and we’ve talked about this many times before, but it’s always good to go back to make sure that we are grounded in what we mean by mobile first and cloud first.
For us, mobile first is not about the mobility of any single device. It is the mobility of the human experience across all the devices and all the computing in our lives.
Cloud is not a single destination. Cloud is a new form of computing that, in fact, enables that mobility of experience across all our devices. It infuses those experiences with intelligence, because it has the ability to reason over large amounts of data using a distributed computing fabric. That’s what is the rich mobile-first, cloud-first world for which we’re building.
And we are building three interconnected platforms. Tomorrow, you’re going to hear from Scott Guthrie about our intelligent cloud and Azure. Scott’s going to talk about extensively how for all of the new application [patterns], starting with IoT to mobile to Web to machine learning, how you can use data and infrastructure to build these applications. More importantly, he’s going to talk about how building on Azure gives you the opportunity to reach over 5 million businesses that are already in Azure Active Directory.
Qi Lu is going to talk tomorrow about the opportunity with Office 365. We’re opening up Office 365 unlike ever before. Your applications, your data through Office 365 connectors and add-ins, can be found within the UI scaffolding of Office very naturally by the users of Office. That is 1.2 billion users of Office ultimately will be able to get access to all of your applications because they get built into the UI scaffolding.
We also want to take the rich semantic information underneath Office, that is people, their relationships, their schedules, their files, and all the other artifacts, and expose it as Microsoft Graph so that you can use it, you can extend it as part of your applications. So Qi’s going to talk about what that rich world looks like.
And this morning, Terry and I will talk about more personal computing.
Windows 10 is off to an amazing start. It’s the fastest-growing version of Windows with both consumers and enterprises. We have tremendous innovation in devices. In fact, it’s new categories of Windows devices, whether they are IoT or HoloLens, are getting created.
And this morning, you will hear from Terry and team about all of the advances with Windows, how we are bringing the natural user interface, whether it be touch, ink, voice, or even image recognition, so that you can use them to build new categories of applications.
We’re also going to talk about how in gaming and consumptive applications we’re going to open up both the PC and the console for new opportunities for developers.
We’re also going to talk about how Windows is your ultimate dev box, where you can do all your application development for Windows and beyond, right there on a Windows PC.
We also are going to talk about a new emerging platform. We’re in the very early days of this. It’s actually at the intersection of all of our three ambitions. We call it Conversation as a Platform. It’s a simple concept, yet it’s very powerful in its impact. It is about taking the power of human language and applying it more pervasively to all of our computing. That means we need to infuse into our computers and computing intelligence, intelligence about us and our context. And by doing so we think this can have as profound an impact as the previous platform shifts have had, whether it be GUI, whether it be the Web or touch on mobile. And so we’ll have an extensive conversation about the beginning of this new platform journey.
But we want to get started with Windows 10 and what that opportunity represents to all of you. And to do that, let me please welcome Terry Myerson up onstage. Thank you.
Terry Myerson – EVP, Windows and Devices Group
Hello, developers! I’m so excited to be back here at Build with all of you. I mean, it really is such a great time to be a Windows developer and today it’s going to get even better.
Satya shared our ambition with Windows. It’s to make computing more personal and change the way all of us interact with and benefit from technology. Enabling us to interact with devices more intuitively, using natural language, conversations, evolving us from mechanical keyboard and mouse to touch and beyond, taking advantage of more human capabilities like our voice, pens, our face, gestures, fingerprints. Expanding beyond today’s PCs and phones, bringing computing into our world with holograms, immersing ourselves in games across devices.
Windows 10 is our home for this evolution, making all of us more productive and enabling us to have more fun. Windows 10 has been out for eight months, and it’s already being actively used by over 270 million people. And customers are more engaged than ever before, spending over 75 billion hours on Windows 10. And our hardware partners, they’ve launched over 500 new devices designed for Windows 10 — devices with large screens, small screens, no screens, and everything in between. We’re humbled by this response across the globe from Dubai to right here in San Francisco.
Now, Windows 10 is off to the fastest adoption of any release of Windows ever. And it’s not just consumers. It’s enterprise customers also. Consider that the United States Department of Defense, 4 million devices will upgrade to Windows 10 just this year. So on behalf of the entire Windows team, we’re happy to welcome all of these customers to Windows 10, whether they have a brand-new PC, a five-year-old PC, or a brand-new Mac. Join us, you’re welcome on Windows 10.
Now, every day we’re working hard on making Windows 10 better, to delight all our users all around the world. And today we’re so excited to share with you what we’ve been working on. The next wave of innovations from Microsoft. The Anniversary Update to Windows 10 coming this summer for free to all of our Windows 10 customers.
Now, how many of you are Windows Insiders? Come on, how many Windows Insiders out there? All right. That’s so awesome.