Yesterday, May 25th, kicked off Microsoft’s latest digital event – Microsoft Build 2021. Microsoft’s developer conference is running virtually again this year, and according to CEO Satya Nadella “will highlight how Microsoft is creating new opportunities for developers across the modern tech stack.”

If you weren’t able to tune in yesterday, here is a recap of Microsoft’s major announcements on day one of the conference.

  • 5 Additional Azure Services are Now Cloud Friendly – Azure customers will now be able to run five application services anywhere they like through Kubernetes and Azure Arc. Microsoft’s VP of Azure Developer Experience, Gabe Monroy said “ any CNCF-conformant Kubernetes cluster connected through Azure Arc is now fully supported deployment target for Azure application services.”
  • Power Apps and GPT-3 – GPT-3 is the natural language model developed by OpenAI that will be integrated into Microsoft’s Power Apps product. This feature will make it easier for users to build apps without needing to know how to write computer code. The feature is set to launch by the end of June.
  • Project Reunion .08 Preview – Microsoft announced a new preview version of its new Project Reunion app framework. This project, originally launched in March, is designed to unify development platforms. This announcement releases version .08 which includes down-level support for Windows 10 version 1809 and up, .NET5 support, and better WinUI 3 and WebView2 support.
  • Edge Browser Updates – A few updates and features were announced for version 91 of Microsoft’s Edge browser. Nothing major, but the Edge browser now loads automatically when computers startup and offers “sleeping tabs” that put tabs to sleep so they don’t use unnecessary memory and CPU cycles.
  • Support for Linux GUI Apps – Microsoft will be offering support for Linux graphic user interface (GUI) apps on Windows 10 available to customers as of the next Windows 10 release. This capability will allow developers to run their preferred Linux tools directly on Windows 10 with GUI app support for testing, development and daily use without having to set up a virtual machine.

There are two more days of the conference, so expect to hear more from Satya Nadella and anticipate several more announcements.