Microsoft BUILD Conference Notes

I had the opportunity to attend the Microsoft BUILD conference in Seattle last week and wanted to capture all the notes I had taken while I was there. I have broken the notes into 5 categories. There was over 300 sessions so there was a lot more covered that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, but Microsoft has posted all of the sessions online over on Channel 9. There are also a lot of great blog post that highlight the big announcements at BUILD which I include in the resource section at the end.


  • .NET Standard 2.0 preview
  • .NET Core 2.0 preview
  • ASP.NET Core 2.0 preview
  • Visual Studio 2017 Update 3 preview
  • Code Style Enhancements
  • Visual Studio for Mac is GA
  • Entity Framework Core 2.0 preview
  • C# Roadmap Further Detailed


  • 5 GB install vs 30+ GB
  • 6 mins to first app run
  • XAML Standard 1.0 announced
  • Xamarin Live Player announced enables debugging apps without native SDK’s
  • Xamarin Cross Linker announced enables much smaller app packages
  • Android SDK Manager reduces upgrade pains on the build server
  • Android LLVM support for higher performance during debugging
  • Xamarin Embedding allows Xamarin components to be used by any native code base including Objective C, Swift, Java, and C++.
  • Android Material Design Support


  • Mobile Apps for Android and iOS to manage your Azure resources
  • Azure Cloud Shell Command Line in both the web interface and the mobile app
  • Serverless with Azure Functions becomes a lot easier to manage and debug
  • Container Service and Orchestration is GA
  • Cosmos DB Announced
  • Fully Managed Paas offerings for MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • Azure Mobile Center improvements
  • Streams greatly enhanced with object recognition, people identification, transcripts, and translations
  • Cloud Debugging
    • Application Insights improvements
    • 4 Network Troubleshooting Tools available
    • Snapshot Debugging in Visual Studio in preview

Cognitive Services

  • Cortana Skills Kit
  • Bot Framework Improvements
  • Custom Vision Service
  • QnA Maker
  • Video Indexer
  • Custom Decision Service
  • Bing Custom Search


  • Microsoft Graph and Cortana are the primary service supporting the new Windows features
  • OneDrive Selective Sync
  • Cloud Clipboard
  • Story Remix
  • Intelligent Meetings with Teams, Skype, and Outlook
  • New UX with Adaptive Cards
  • New Windows Mixed Reality Development tools and hardware


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