Microsoft had a lot to talk about during its nearly three hour (yes, three hour) keynote on the first day of its BUILD 2014 developer conference in San Francisco today. While some of the news, and even some of the files, leaked to the Internet before today, the entire experience showed that the company wants to get back to listening to its customer and especially its developers.
Here"s a quick rundown of all the news we posted surrounding today"s keynote address:
- Windows Phone 8.1 officially announced: Microsoft finally offers some new and cool details about its first major update to the mobile OS in over a year.
- Microsoft adds two more Windows Phone OEM partners: Prestigio and Micromax join the family
- Microsoft announces Cortana, voice-controlled assistant for Windows Phone 8.1: The Halo game world moves into the real world, sort of.
- Halo actress Jen Taylor to voice Windows Phone"s Cortana: Very cool news indeed.
- Windows 8.1 update arrives April 8th and everything else you need to know: Microsoft finally talks about this update for the mouse and keyboard crowd.
- Microsoft announces universal Windows, Windows Phone apps: Making apps that span operating systems will be getting easier.
- Microsoft talks about bringing universal Windows apps to Xbox One: Sounds cool, but we still don"t have information on when this will happen.
- Touch-friendly Office coming to Windows, demoed at BUILD: A Modern UI version of PowerPoint was on display but no word on when it will be released.
- Microsoft bringing Start menu back in future Windows 8.1 update: That could be the biggest news of the show.
- Microsoft officially makes Windows free for devices under 9 inches: Expect to see a bunch of smaller Windows tablets to be coming in the near future.
- Nokia Lumia 930 announced at BUILD and Nokia announces Lumia 630 and 635: Three new Windows Phone 8.1 devices get the spotlight.
- Microsoft offers WinJS toolkit as open source project: Good news for developers of cross-platform apps.
- Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 930 and Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 630: Some quick impressions of Nokia"s upcoming Windows Phone devices.
- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella answers some video questions from developers at BUILD: A controlled Q&A was the final portion of the BUILD 2014 keynote.
- Microsoft BUILD Day 1 presents a new Microsoft: Stardock CEO Brad Wardell offers his thoughts on today"s announcements.