There were a lot of interesting announcements Microsoft made. And here is a summary list of the ones I can remember:
- Skype can now automatically translate conversation between two different languages (and already available for over a dozen languages). So you can call someone in Japan, speak English and he will hear Japanese at his end and when he speaks back in Japanese you will hear the English translation. They showed a video of how it would help refugees communicate with officials in their host countries.
- Skype will also have bots that can manage your conversations and get tasks done for you. You can speak to the Skype bot to plan your travelling: block your calendar for the chosen dates, book hotels and order food.
- Microsoft Office will now have Microsoft Graph. Just like Facebook Graph works, letting you see which of your friends already like a celebrity or event or page or game or another friend. Now you can see what your colleagues at work are interested in. It even lets you auto set meeting times to when everyone's calendar is unblocked. It will be a very cool thing for companies to use.
- Hololens. Microsoft virtual reality device will soon be available for sale to the public.
- Cortana is now way smarter and people can build apps that interact with it.
- Microsoft is embracing open source. And for me the most interesting part is that we will now have Ubuntu run natively on Windows. And right now there is Bash (the popular Linux shell: Bourne Again Shell). And that is what I want to talk about in this post.
- Other programmer specific news like what they've done to Azure and Visual Studio and Xamarin and the coming Windows 10 anniversary update later this year (US Summer time).