Preview of Microsoft Build 2024: Best AI Laptops, Copilot, Windows 12, and More

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What to Expect at Microsoft Build 2024?

Preview of Microsoft Build 2024, May and June are the busiest months in the technology industry. Early May saw the release of the thinnest iPad, followed by the unveiling of ChatGPT 4.0 at OpenAI’s Spring Update and the Gemini 1.5 updates at the Google I/O 2024 event. Now, it’s time for Microsoft Build 2024, scheduled from May 21 to 24. While this annual developer conference typically focuses on developers, this year, consumers have much to look forward to as well.

Microsoft is set to announce exciting AI features for Windows 11, powerful yet efficient Snapdragon X Elite laptops, and enhancements to various consumer-facing products. From Windows and Copilot to new ARM-powered laptops and on-device AI applications, there’s plenty for users to be excited about.

The central theme of Microsoft Build 2024 is AI, encapsulated by the question, “How will AI shape your future?” For the first time, Microsoft has the ability to deliver features and experiences on thin and lightweight laptops without compromising performance or battery life, thanks to the efficient ARM-based Qualcomm processors. It’s time for Windows on ARM (WoA) to shine.

While Copilot, AI, and Azure programming will feature prominently at the conference, there are likely to be surprises, including potential hardware announcements. Although Build is a developer-centric event, it will also generate interest in Surface tablets, laptops, and the Windows operating system.

Build 2024 officially starts on May 21 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time with a keynote from CEO Satya Nadella. This hybrid event will feature both in-person sessions at the Seattle Convention Center and online streaming options. (You can register for either at the official Microsoft Build website.) Here’s what to expect:

Microsoft Build 2024 promises a range of announcements about Windows 11, Microsoft Copilot, and more. Windows fans can look forward to new features and products, as well as new Windows devices from various laptop and PC makers.

AI will be a key theme, with many new laptops expected to highlight AI capabilities in their marketing. The rise of AI laptops shows no signs of slowing down, especially with the anticipated debut of several AI laptops equipped with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X chips. Early benchmarks of the Snapdragon X Plus and Snapdragon X Elite suggest these chips could compete with the latest Intel Meteor Lake and Apple M3 chips. With Microsoft’s push to integrate AI across its business, the new laptops at Build 2024 will likely showcase the latest AI features in Windows.

There is also a possibility of getting a glimpse of Windows 12 (or its eventual branding), although reports vary on whether Microsoft plans to release a new version of its flagship OS before 2025.

Stay tuned for live reports and updates from Microsoft Build 2024, where our team will bring you the latest news as it unfolds.

What’s the Buzz About Microsoft Build 2024?

Ready to dive into the world of AI, machine learning, Azure, Generative AI, and more? I sure am!

Microsoft Build is an annual three-day conference organized by Microsoft. This year’s theme is “How AI Will Shape Your Future?” The event promises an exclusive look at the latest AI innovations. Scheduled from May 21 to 24, 2024, for in-person attendees and May 21 to 23, 2024, for online participants, it’s set to be a tech extravaganza.

What to Expect:

  • Latest Updates: Discover the most recent changes in Azure AI Services, Microsoft Fabric, .NET, and the Azure OpenAI Service.
  • Engaging Sessions: Keynotes, live demos, and breakout sessions from Microsoft experts to expand your knowledge.
  • Exclusive Insights: Get a sneak peek into emerging technologies from Microsoft.
  • Swag: Enjoy event swag and digital swag.
  • Learning Opportunities: Participate in the Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge to enhance your learning journey.
  • Networking: Connect with industry experts and get answers to your questions.

Meet the Keynote Speakers:

  • Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
  • Rajesh Jha, EVP
  • Scott Guthrie, EVP Cloud + AI
  • And many more!

Recapping Microsoft Build 2023

Did you miss MS Build 2023? Here’s a recap of some of the exciting new introductions from last year:

  • Windows Copilot
  • Bing Integration with ChatGPT
  • Copilot and Plugins
  • AI Tools for Solving Humanity’s Greatest Challenges
  • Jugalbandi Chat Bot
  • Getting Started with AI on Microsoft Azure

These were among the most popular highlights for developers. If you want to explore more about what was featured at MS Build 2023, click here.

Join tech enthusiasts at MS Build 2024: Exploring AI, Machine Learning, Azure, and more!

The History of Microsoft Build

Since its inception in 2011, Microsoft Build has been a beacon of innovation and collaboration. From Anaheim to Seattle, this annual gathering has evolved into a global platform uniting developers and technologists from around the world.

How It Starts:

The conference is organized in a hybrid format:

  • In-person: Microsoft Build will be held at Microsoft’s corporate headquarters in Seattle. Attending in person costs $1,825.
  • Online: Participants worldwide can attend the sessions online. Upon registration, you will receive a digital attendee pass and a confirmation email.

The event kicks off with a keynote address by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, followed by breakout sessions led by Microsoft experts. Thousands of developers from across the globe will attend, offering a fantastic opportunity for networking and making connections.

Building a Brighter Future

Microsoft is committed to fostering a welcoming environment for all. They emphasize building AI solutions following Responsible AI principles and offer opportunities to learn from and connect with a diverse community of students and professionals from various backgrounds. As an MLSA since April ’23, I’ve found the experience enriching, engaging in activities from learning and teaching to sharing ideas and collaborating on projects.

Are you ready to embark on a journey fueled by AI? Join me in the conversation at Microsoft Build 2024. See you there!

Must-See Sessions at Build 2024

  1. Microsoft Build Opening Keynote:
    • Date: Tuesday, May 21
    • Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
    • Speakers: Satya Nadella, Rajesh Jha, Kevin Scott
    • Description: Explore how the era of AI is unlocking new opportunities, transforming developer workflows, and boosting business productivity across various industries.
  2. Next Generation AI for Developers with the Microsoft Cloud:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT
    • Speakers: Scott Guthrie and leaders across Microsoft
    • Description: Learn to build secure and responsible AI solutions using the Microsoft Cloud foundation. Join a fireside chat with John Lambert and Julia Liuson to understand how to create secure solutions in today’s threat landscape.
  3. Maximize Joy, Minimize Toil with Great Developer Experiences:
    • Date: Tuesday, May 21
    • Time: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM PDT
    • Speaker: Amanda Silver and friends
    • Description: Dive into the latest advancements in developer tools and collaborative efforts across the technology spectrum at Microsoft. Discover how these innovations are shaping the development of modern, intelligent apps.

Microsoft Build: AI Day 2024 EP:0 Come (A Day Too Early)

You might have heard that Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, is visiting Asia this week, and he will be in Thailand on May 1st. As of writing this blog, that’s tomorrow. I had some free time away from my university classes, so I decided to work on a blog about Global Azure 2024 at a Starbucks in Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. After finishing up, I planned to head home but thought I might catch a preview tour of the Microsoft Build: AI Day Thailand 2024 event. So, I quietly joined the Microsoft staff as they prepped.

My first stop was at the stairway leading to the event’s plenary hall, We had a quick chat before heading up together. He pointed out that I was a day early, and I jokingly replied, “Yeah, I’m just rehearsing to get a front-row seat tomorrow. I want to see Satya Nadella in person once in my life.” He laughed and told me to enjoy the view.

Upstairs, I saw staff rehearsing for tomorrow’s event and got a rough look at the event booths. Although they were still setting up, I managed to snap some photos.

First, I saw the staff badge example banner for early access. As a student ambassador, I’ll be at the MVP booth, though I’m not official staff. I’ll take a picture of my badge tomorrow after registering.

Next, there was the registration booth. Don’t forget to bring the event QR code for staff to scan. Arriving late means longer queues and a back-row seat, so I recommend coming early.

After registration, you enter the event zone with a Microsoft logo photo booth and various company booths. They’ll set up tonight, and I expect some fantastic light-and-sound displays tomorrow. I ran into P’Chang in the preparation zone and we chatted about my early arrival.

Before heading home, I took a picture of the beautiful sunset over Benchakitti Park with Bangkok’s skyline. But then, something surprising happened.

I accidentally met Microsoft Thailand’s Managing Director, K.Toey Dhanawat Suthumpun. He recognized me as a Student Ambassador and we had a brief conversation.

“Hi, looks like you’re a day early. That’s awesome. And you’re a Student Ambassador, right?” he asked.

“Yes, I am. I wanted to make sure I get a front-row seat to see Satya and get an early look at the event setup,” I replied.

“Wow, that’s great! Make sure to get up early tomorrow, and you might get lucky. I hope we meet again tomorrow. Don’t forget to take a photo with me,” he said before heading downstairs.

My heart was racing from the unexpected encounter, but it was time to go home.

On my way down, I realized P’Vin Vasupon was beside me. We took a quick selfie with the MD in the background if I’d be attending all day tomorrow, and I confirmed I would.

Finally, I want to make sure everyone is ready for tomorrow’s event. It’s going to be an incredible experience for developers, with the chance to meet tech celebrities near your home. I hope you enjoyed my story so far. See you in the next episode with event details.

Snapdragon X Elite Laptops Are Coming

Just a day before Build 2024, Microsoft is set to unveil new Surface laptops powered by the Snapdragon X Elite processor on May 20. Rumor has it that Microsoft will announce the Surface Laptop 6 and Surface Pro 10, both featuring the Snapdragon X Elite, with no Intel variants for consumers this time around.

Furthermore, leaks suggest that these upcoming Surface laptops will rival Apple’s M3 MacBooks in terms of performance and battery life. If true, this could redefine Windows laptops as a viable alternative to MacBooks for consumers and developers. I’m eagerly looking forward to the event.

Additionally, other laptop makers such as Asus, Dell, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, and Acer are also preparing to launch AI PCs featuring Qualcomm processors around this time.

New Surface PCs and Tablets Unveiled

In March, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 10 for Business and Surface Laptop 6 for Business, featuring enhanced AI capabilities tailored for corporate use. There’s speculation that consumer versions of these devices will be announced, equipped with Intel “Meteor Lake” Core Ultra processors, a dedicated Copilot key, and upgraded 1440p cameras. The Ultra processors facilitate on-board AI processing, delivering faster responses compared to relying on Microsoft’s servers.

However, it’s more probable that we’ll witness the debut of entirely new devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite. This move could potentially equip Windows devices with the battery life and AI processing power needed to compete with the latest generation of speedy Apple Silicon-based computers. Personally, I appreciated the form factor of the now-discontinued Arm-powered Surface Pro X tablet. Revisiting that lightweight design and extended battery life could significantly boost Microsoft’s tablet aspirations and appeal to laptop users seeking these features. Regardless, we’ll be providing coverage of the Surface event on May 20.

AI Explorer in Windows 11

On May 20, Microsoft is expected to unveil the upcoming Windows 11 24H2 build, which promises to introduce several exciting AI features. Among the most anticipated is AI Explorer, a tool designed to analyze all your interactions on your PC and create a comprehensive memory. This allows you to search for information using natural language prompts, with the AI assistant retrieving relevant details from its indexed memory.

Leaks also suggest that AI Explorer will have the capability to read your screen and assist with various tasks. Recently, OpenAI showcased a demo on macOS with the new ChatGPT desktop app, which can see the screen and provide real-time assistance.

While OpenAI has not released a dedicated ChatGPT app for Windows, it appears that Microsoft is developing an integrated AI experience for Windows 11 using on-device vision models. This new feature could launch on May 21, adding to the excitement.

Furthermore, leaks indicate that AI models will run locally on devices leveraging the Snapdragon X Elite’s powerful NPU, capable of performing 45 trillion operations per second (TOPS). This enables language and vision models to operate directly on your laptop, providing AI assistance while ensuring that your data remains private and not sent to the cloud.

Copilot Updates at Microsoft Build

Nadella has consistently emphasized that Microsoft is now “the Copilot company.” Even the Build scheduler web page features a Copilot text box inviting users to “Ask me anything about Microsoft Build,” powered by Azure AI.

A total of 137 sessions include the word Copilot in their titles or description text. At Build, we anticipate unveiling new Copilot capabilities integrated into Windows and Office. Additionally, there will be ample information on programming for Copilot, with a focus on enabling a “Low Code” approach for easier functionality building.

Last fall’s Microsoft Ignite showcased several Copilot innovations, including Copilot Studio, Copilot for Service, and Copilot for Sales. As such, we anticipate the introduction of additional Copilot features at this year’s Build event.

Visual Studio Highlights at Build 2024

Discover the latest developments and enhancements in Visual Studio with a strong technical focus. Here’s a preview of some of the sessions you won’t want to miss:

  1. What’s New in GitHub Copilot and Visual Studio:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM PDT
    • Speakers: Damian Brady, Filisha Shah
    • Description: Explore AI-assisted coding enhancements with GitHub Copilot and Visual Studio. Learn about special integrations and recent enhancements to maximize your coding productivity.
  2. Build Apps from the Cloud with Microsoft Dev Box, Visual Studio & More:
    • Date: Tuesday, May 21
    • Time: 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    • Speakers: Anthony Cangialosi, Denizhan Yigitbas
    • Description: Dive into cloud-native development and learn how to unify development environments with top-tier dev tools like Visual Studio and GitHub Copilot. Discover how to streamline test environment provisioning with Azure Deployment Environments.
  3. Demystify Cloud-Native Development with .NET Aspire:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM PDT
    • Speakers: Damian Edwards, David Fowler
    • Description: Explore the .NET Aspire technology stack for cloud-native development. Learn about tools and components for building intelligent cloud services and integrating Azure Open AI for added functionality.
  4. .NET Aspire Development on Any OS with the Visual Studio Family:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    • Speakers: Wendy Breiding, Brady Gaster
    • Description: Discover the flexibility of .NET Aspire and seamless Azure integration with Visual Studio and VS Code. Explore building .NET Aspire apps and seamlessly deploying them to the cloud with Azure Developer CLI integration.
  5. What’s New in C# 13:
    • Date: Thursday, May 23
    • Time: 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM PDT
    • Speakers: Mads Torgersen, Dustin Campbell
    • Description: Get a sneak peek at the latest features and improvements coming in C# 13, including extensions, field access in auto-properties, and more.
  6. Infusing Your .NET Apps with AI: Practical Tools and Techniques:
    • Date: Thursday, May 23
    • Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PDT
    • Speakers: Vin Kamat, Luis Quintanilla, Stephen Toub
    • Description: Learn how to incorporate AI into your .NET applications using practical tools, libraries, and best practices.
  7. Diagnostic Techniques for .NET Running on Linux and Within Containers:
    • Date: Monday, May 21 (pre-recorded session)
    • Time: 8:30 AM PDT
    • Speakers: Mark Downie, Sam Spencer
    • Description: Gain essential tips and tricks for diagnosing .NET applications running on Linux and within container environments, including Kubernetes. Explore diagnostic techniques to maintain robust applications across diverse environments.

For Hanselman Enthusiasts

Explore these exclusive sessions featuring Scott Hanselman:

  1. Scott and Mark Learn AI:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM PDT
    • Description: Join Scott Hanselman and Mark Russinovich to discover how to leverage AI tools to create smarter apps on Windows. Learn how to integrate AI into your applications, utilize models locally and in the cloud, and enhance user experiences with Large Language Models (LLMs). Plus, witness the potential cleanup of Scott’s cluttered desktop, a longstanding concern for Mark.
  2. “Highly Technical Talk” with Hanselman and Toub:
    • Date: Thursday, May 23
    • Time: 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM PDT
    • Description: Don’t miss this 100% LIVE demo session with Scott Hanselman and Stephen Toub. With no slides, just code, they’ll delve deep into the internals of .NET, addressing performance issues and optimizations in real-time. This session is tailored for advanced developers seeking to elevate their debugging and performance skills using Microsoft’s tools.
  3. Level Up Your Dev Box, How Devs at Microsoft are Productive on Windows:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM PDT
    • Description: Join Scott Hanselman, Vicky Harp, and Maddy Montaquila to uncover the secrets behind Microsoft developers’ productivity on Windows. Explore various tips, including using aliases, optimizing VS Code with extensions, customizing the Windows Terminal, and efficient methods for setting up new computers. Gain insights into shortcuts, apps, and systems to streamline your development workflow.

Exclusive In-Person Demos at Build 2024

If you’re attending the event in Seattle, don’t miss these live demos in the Demo Theaters on Level 5:

  1. Tips & Tricks for Visual Studio and GitHub:
    • Date: Tuesday, May 21
    • Time: 4:45 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
    • Presenters: Harshada Hole and Jessie Houghton
    • Description: Unlock the full potential of Visual Studio with expert tips and tricks. Learn how to integrate powerful community extensions to enhance your workflow for peak efficiency.
  2. What’s New for Copilot in Visual Studio 17.10:
    • Date: Thursday, May 23
    • Time: 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM PDT
    • Presenter: Rhea Patel
    • Description: Discover the latest enhancements to your Copilot chat experience in Visual Studio. Explore cutting-edge generative AI applications, including new interaction models and context improvements in Copilot Chat.
  3. VisualStudio.Com – Unlocking Your Benefits & Diamond:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 5:45 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
    • Presenters: Jason Chlus and Jacqueline Widdis
    • Description: Take a tour of the benefits included in your Visual Studio Subscription through a demo-filled session. Learn how to access Azure credits, software downloads, training resources, and support to maximize your development potential.
  4. Customize Dev Box for You and Your Team:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM PDT
    • Presenters: Dhruv Muttaraju and David Obando
    • Description: Learn to configure and deploy customized Dev Boxes tailored to the specific needs of individual teams at scale. Discover how to use config-as-code templates and package management to streamline your development environment.
  5. Microsoft Dev Box for Accessibility:
    • Date: Wednesday, May 22
    • Time: 5:00 PM – 5:15 PM PDT
    • Description: Explore how to build Dev Boxes that cater to accessibility needs. Learn about new config-as-code customization starters showcasing accessibility options, ensuring your Dev Box is as comfortable and familiar as your local environment.

Secure your spot at Build 2024 today and immerse yourself in these exclusive sessions and more! Click the link below to register and join the global community of developers at this incredible event.

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FAQ’s for Preview of Microsoft Build 2024

1. What is Build 2024?

Build 2024 is an annual developer conference organized by Microsoft, bringing together developers and technologists from around the world to explore the latest innovations, advancements, and tools in technology.

2. Where and when is Build 2024 taking place?

Build 2024 will be held in Seattle, Washington, with both in-person and online attendance options available. The event is scheduled from May 21 to May 24, 2024.

3. What can attendees expect from Build 2024?

Attendees can expect a wide range of sessions, keynotes, and live demos covering topics such as AI, machine learning, cloud computing, developer tools, and more. There will also be opportunities to network, learn from industry experts, and explore the latest technologies.

4. What are some notable sessions at Build 2024?

Some notable sessions include the opening keynote featuring Satya Nadella, Rajesh Jha, and Kevin Scott; sessions on AI development, cloud-native development, Visual Studio enhancements, and more. Additionally, exclusive in-person demos will be available for attendees in Seattle.

5. How can I register for Build 2024?

You can register for Build 2024 by visiting the official event website and selecting your preferred attendance option (in-person or online). Registration will allow you to access sessions, demos, and other conference materials.

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