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Some useful links from the first /Build2016 sessions

I’m not at /Build2016 this year – but my timezone allows me to get home at 5pm BST and I can pick up some of the sessions live on my PC at home – I can also pick up the videos from here.

The keynote intro was obviously by Satya Nadella – but it also had Marcus Ash talking about Cortana, Lilian Rincon talking about the Skype Developer SDK, Dan Driscoll and Lili Cheng talking about Bot Development, Alex Kipman and Kudo Tsunoda talking about Hololens Development, and Saqib Shaikh talking about Cognitive Services (I hope I didn’t forget anyone here). I think the big message from Nadella was that all of the services showcased were intended to augment our existing abilities – to make us more than we already are.

Here are some links to the new technologies and APIs. I haven’t tried all of these yet! But hopefully there’ll be inspiration in here for some future posts on this site.

HoloLens

Here’s Alex Kipman and Kudo Tsunoda talking about the HoloLens.

If your computer is good enough, you run the tools needed for development and grab them from here:

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/holographic/install_the_tools

You’ll need:

And you can try the sample Hololens Galaxy Explorer application, which is on GitHub here:

https://github.com/Microsoft/GalaxyExplorer

Cortana Intelligence Suite

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A big data and analytics suite: Cortana Intelligence Suite

Follow this on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MSAdvAnalytics

Cognitive Services

Read more about the cognitive services and pricing here:

https://www.microsoft.com/cognitive-services

https://www.microsoft.com/cognitive-services/en-us/pricing

Try a fun sample here to try to work out what’s in a photo:

https://www.captionbot.ai/

And you can get source code for cognitive services:

https://github.com/Microsoft/Cognitive-Services

Bot Development, Skype and CRIS

Here’s an article which explains all about it. http://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-introduces-bot-framework/

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Find more about the bot framework here: https://dev.botframework.com/

And sign up for the Skype Developer SDK here: https://www.skype.com/en/developer/

You can get the code from GitHub here: https://github.com/Microsoft/BotBuilder

And here’s CRIS – Custom Recognition Intelligence Service: https://www.cris.ai/

And some of the rest…

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 and Visual Studio “15”

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https://www.visualstudio.com/news/vs2015-update2-vs

https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/visual-studio-next-downloads-vs

Bash on Windows

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https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/03/30/run-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windows/

http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2016/03/ubuntu-on-windows.html

Convert Win32 applications to UWP

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https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2015/2-692

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/30/desktop-app-converter/

http://www.windowscentral.com/desktop-uwp-app-converting-project-centennial-demonstrated-build