5 Takeaways for Startups from Build

More than 5,000 developers recently attended Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference in San Francisco. We announced big ideas and bold ambitions, including our intention to create a world of 1 billion Windows 10 devices over the next several years with a developer platform based on a unified platform, a unified store, and universal apps.

If you didn’t make it to San Francisco or watch live, check out this map to see if Build is coming to a city near you. Meanwhile, below is a snapshot of some announcements I think are most pertinent to startups. From increasing app performance with real-time analytics to Reactor, our soon-to-be opened new startup and developer workspace in San Francisco, Microsoft is providing products, tools, and support geared toward simplifying and improving the development process. Our goal: help you reach more customers, in more ways, with less complexity and friction.

5 Takeaways for Startups from Build

Reach all Windows 10 Devices with one API

Windows 10 makes it easier to develop apps for the Universal Windows Platform with just one API and one package to reach all Windows 10 devices – PCs, tablets, HoloLens, Surface Hub, phones – and will soon include Xbox and Raspberry Pi. Following the launch of Windows 10, developers will also be able to use four Windows Platform Bridge toolkits that will enable bringing an existing code base from Android, iOS, or Classic Windows to Windows 10 devices. You can learn more about the universal Windows platform here.

Get Started Today with the Internet of Things

At Build, we made two Internet of Things announcements that are particularly relevant to startups: the introduction of Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2 and our partnership with Arduino. Windows 10 IoT Core is a new Windows 10 edition for low-cost, small footprint devices that will be brought to Raspberry Pi 2 for free, for the first time. Raspberry Pi and Arduino are both inexpensive devices that startups can utilize to create larger, more impactful solutions. You can download windows 10 IoT core here.


Visual Studio Code Streamlines the Development Process

Developers working on mobile and cloud platforms need more choices and versatility than ever before, and our goal is to deliver tools and services that support the breadth of today’s developer needs. Last November, we released the free and fully-featured Visual Studio Community 2013 as part of our flagship developer tools, and this year at Build, we introduced Visual Studio Code, a free, cross-platform code editor for building modern web and cloud applications on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. Visual Studio Code offers a new approach to editor-centric, code-focused developer tools – combining the streamlined UI of a modern text editor with rich code assistance, navigation, and integrated debugging. Visual Studio Code will be extremely beneficial for startups by helping to streamline the code-edit-debug development process.

You can download Visual Studio Code here.

Store, Process, and Reason Infinite Data

One of the most well received updates we unveiled at Build is the Azure Data Lake Service – an unlimited data repository where developers can place all of their structured and unstructured data in its native format and conduct real-time analytics. With Azure Data Lake Service, startups will have a transformative way to store, process and, reason infinite data to quickly deliver insights to power more intelligent apps.

Sign up to be notified for public preview of the Azure Data Lake Service.

Increase App Performance with Real-Time Analytics

The free public preview of Visual Studio Application Insights has significant potential implications for startups as it is cross platform with a free tier. Visual Studio Application Insights provides a 360° view across availability, performance, and usage and will help startups quickly detect issues, diagnose crashes, and track usage and user adoption in their web and mobile apps.

Download Visual Studio Application Insights to receive real-time analytics for your apps.


5 Takeaways for Startups from Build


These tools will empower startups by making it easier for developers to create scalable products. Our goal is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and this starts by empowering every developer.

There’s a lot of excitement and momentum coming out of Build and many more announcements and updates relevant to startups. Make sure to check out the Build site and Channel 9 for more information.