Microsoft Build 2018: New tools to build intelligent apps on Microsoft 365

Microsoft Build 2018Microsoft Build 2018 kicked off emphasizing the need for technology to change the way people live and work every day, across the cloud and across the edge devices.

With a special focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Microsoft urged developers to adopt Microsoft 365 as a rich development platform. The next generation Windows-enabled devices powered by Microsoft 365 can empower employees with AI, mobility, security and more.

“Microsoft 365 is where the world gets its best work done,” said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Microsoft. “With 135 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365 and nearly 700 million Windows 10 connected devices, Microsoft 365 helps developers reach people how and where they work.”

At Microsoft Build, Microsoft announced new opportunities that help developers create smarter ways for people to work. The company announced new tools that give developers the flexibility to design experiences in the languages and frameworks of their choice.

The new and updated Microsoft Teams APIs in the Microsoft Graph and support for organization-specific applications in Teams allow developers to create tailored, intelligent experiences based on the unique needs of a business or industry. Companies can also publish custom apps to the Teams app store.

Deeper SharePoint integration into Microsoft Teams enables people to pin a SharePoint page directly into channels to enable deeper collaboration. Developers can use modern script-based frameworks like React within their projects to add more pieces that can be organized within SharePoint pages.

New support for Power BI Visualizations in Excel makes it possible for developers to extend the custom visuals created for Power BI to Excel, giving them an opportunity to reach more users.

Updates to the Fluent Design System help developers create immersive, deeply engaging experiences with Microsoft’s updated design language.

The .NET Core 3.0 now allows developers to use the latest version of .NET and have their application run in a stand-alone .NET environment so they can build amazing app experiences that don’t impact their broader organizational infrastructure.

MSIX, a complete containerization solution, provides a simple way to convert large catalogs of applications. It inherits all the great features from UWP including reliable, robust installation and updating, as well as a managed security model and support for both enterprise management and the Microsoft Store.

New Azure Machine Learning and JavaScript custom functions let developers and organizations create their own powerful additions to the Excel catalog of formulas.

Windows Machine Learning is a new platform that enables developers to easily develop machine learning models in the intelligent cloud and then deploy them offline and in high performance to the PC platform.

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