We were all warmly welcomed to the Seattle Convention Center Tuesday May
8th by the Microsoft BUILD team. Upon registration, we got our
badges, cool #msbuild t-shirts, and a Starbucks gift card to enjoy.
Early on Wednesday, May 9th, the line for the keynote was as extensive
as the excitement level. It seemed that most of the 5,000 attendees were trying
to get a seat at the first day’s keynote event.
Opportunity & Responsibility:
first speaker was Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.
It was my first time hearing him speak in person, and he left a great
impression in his talk about the ideas of opportunity and responsibility. He
joined the company in 1992, back when the total amount of internet traffic,
pre-web, was about 100 gigabytes per day. Now, per second, there is 17.5
million times that; 90% of all the data in the world was generated in the last two
years. Autonomous cars are expected to generate tons of data. It is predicted
that there will be some 25 billion intelligent devices in the future. This all
represents an unparalleled opportunity for developers to have a broad, deep
impact on all parts of society and all parts of the economy, to an extent that
has never been greater.
said, with enormous opportunity comes enormous responsibility. The choices that developers make will have a
profound impact on our world. Nadella is optimistic yet grounded, as there are
unintended consequences of technology. He
continued that it is up to us to ensure that some of the more dystopian
scenarios, like Orwell’s totalitarian 1984
or the meaningless distractions of Huxley’s Brave
New World, don’t come to pass.
posed the question: what are the practical ways that we can make progress? His
response started with, “I believe we can make these practical design choices
that help enshrine our timeless values.” The first choice he focused on is how
we should empower people with technology. That people should be at the center
of developers’ focus, and we as technologists should amplify their skills. We should use technology to bring more
empowerment to more people, to use technology to enable everyone to participate
economically in our society. Design can and should be an instrument for
it is up to developers, as the world becomes more technology-driven, to build trusted
technology. Nadella think it starts with
taking accountability for the algorithms we create and ensuring that there is
more trust in technology with each day. These
are practical things that capture the essence of the Microsoft mission. The Microsoft mission is that “we want to
empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.”
continued that this includes developers. Microsoft started as a developer company. Developers should think about people, about
institutions, and about what we do across the globe. It’s about celebrating what each person can
do with that technology to have broad impact. That’s what they have been
opportunity we, as developers, have in this world is very amazing. There are 500 million Windows 10 devices accessible
through the Windows store. That reach will drive the ecosystem going forward. As a company, they are giving developers more
users and more engagement. For example, there are 100 million users of Office 365.
The most valuable set of users are working with these enterprise tools in their
work every day.
stressed that, “You have now the opportunity to reach 100 million valuable users
with any app that you build.” Cortana
alone is used by 140 million users every month and every day! These are devices
that have audio and screens and an amazing install base that you can extend on. There are over 12 million organizations in
Azure Active Directory. Over 90% of the Fortune 500 is using Microsoft Cloud. Apps
for these platforms can do single sign-on, making it possible to reach those
users through just a single profile.