The first day of Build 2015 was full of news for developers, including new cross-platform capabilities for Microsoft Visual Studio and Windows 10. Visual Studio will now support iOS and Android development, as well as making it easier for mobile development firms to port their existing apps for Windows.
Microsoft also shared plans to greatly expand Windows adoption. “Today we shared our bold goal—to see Windows 10 on one billion devices within two to three years of Windows 10’s availability—the first platform version, in any ecosystem, to be available on one billion devices,” said Microsoft executive Terry Myerson. “We will accomplish this by delivering Windows 10 with a free upgrade offer, making it easy for customers and businesses to upgrade quickly, and with great new devices.”
During the event, Microsoft also announced improvements to the Windows Store, provided more details about Universal Apps, launched a free cross-platform code editor called Visual Studio Code, released a .NET distribution for Linux and Mac, revealed its new Microsoft Edge browser, and announced new big data capabilities for its Azure cloud computing service.