Microsoft Build 2022: Expectations for Teams, Edge and Windows

Unlike Google and Apple, Microsoft Build usually sticks to being a heavy event for developers. That means more coding sessions and developers on stage and fewer Surface announcements. However, you can expect to hear new information centered on how developers are creating experiences for Windows and other Microsoft 365 services like Microsoft Teams.

Last year’s Build conference saw Microsoft teased what we now know as Windows 11, as well as detailing many of the big features of Teams and Microsoft Edge.

We’re expecting a little bit of the same again this year, and here are some of the highlights we want to look out for.

How to watch Microsoft Build

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Microsoft Build is free to attend this year and is a completely virtual event due to the pandemic. Could you Sign up online to listen to or watch as many keywords as possible. The hottest keyword starts on May 24th at 8:00 AM PST. Microsoft has a webpage dedicated to streaming this keynote.

You can expect to hear from Satya Nadella in this keynote. Microsoft specifically mentions that the CEO will explain how “Microsoft creates new opportunities for developers across our platforms.”

Updates or new features for Windows 11

Windows 11 phone link on a Dell XPS laptop.
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Windows 11 is Microsoft’s future, even as Windows 10 still exists until 2025. The operating system It hit a wide deployment status, which means that almost everyone can now try it out on supported PCs. However, we look forward to Microsoft announcing features and updates related to Windows 11 at Build 2022.

Topping our list is a major update to the tools experience in Windows 11. Based on a tweet from a Microsoft leaker, we think third-party tools may be on the way soon for the operating system.

We’ve also heard from Windows Central that developers have already been briefed on how third-party tools work. So what better time to announce it than Microsoft Build, with developers front and center?

Experience widgets in Windows 11.
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Other than that, there could be big news about the next big update to Windows 11. We say this because Microsoft recently made an interesting move in the Windows Insider Program to “merge” the Beta and Dev test channels to get the same versions of Windows – only to split them again In the weeks leading up to Microsoft Build.

The merge was rumored as a way for Microsoft to quality-test its first premium update for Windows 11 with a wide audience, though the company never confirmed this. In addition A tweet from a Microsoft leaker Which suggests that this update could soon add RTM to speculation. RTM is usually when Microsoft is ready to announce a specific build of stable Windows for release to laptop makers (although they don’t do this very often anymore).

So, with the two main testing channels of Windows 11 split and the RTM debuting on the first day of Build, there may be a window for Microsoft to announce the first update to Windows 11.

It is not yet confirmed, but we believe the update brings multiple features. Folders in the Start menu, tweaks for tablet mode, a new task manager, improved search, and live annotations are just a few things that can be confirmed for the first major update of Windows 11 during build.

Improved Windows 11 Task Manager app.

Microsoft has repeatedly stated that most of these features will be coming “soon” to Windows, most recently at the Windows Powers the Future of Hybrid Work event in April, so the chances of a solid release date for these features and also a Windows news mention in Build are high.

We also hope to hear more about tabs in File Explorer as well, which Microsoft hasn’t talked about much since it first revealed it in April.

There are currently 51 different Windows sessions scheduled to build across different languages, including one with Windows Chief Panos Panay scheduled for later on May 24.

New features for Microsoft Teams

A video call is in progress on Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams has been on the boom due to the pandemic and the advent of hybrid work. However, expect to hear Microsoft talk about Teams a lot during Build 2022. Microsoft recently reported In January 2022, Teams has 270 million monthly active users, so Build is a great opportunity to show developers what they can build apps and services for Teams’ massive audience.

Build last year saw mention of Together Mode APIs, and Liquid Components. With Teams now in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and Windows 11, there’s one more reason the company is taking on Teams more. For all we know, Microsoft may also be talking about Teams in the metaverse as well.

There are over 100 building sessions that remind Microsoft Teams by name. Some of them include “Microsoft Teams chat apps,” “Create interactive meeting apps for Microsoft Teams,” and “reach 270 million users and grow your business with Microsoft Teams.”

The new Outlook app for Windows

One Outlook app in Windows 11.

Microsoft has been working on a new version of Outlook for Windows for a while. witnessed the year 2020 macOS is getting a new Outlook app, and we hope to hear more about the upcoming new features of the new “One Outlook” app on Windows at Build.

Microsoft has already confirmed that the new app is in testing with the Office Insiders beta channel, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if separate sessions in Build mention the app as well.

In summary, the new Outlook client is streamlined and more efficient, building on the Outlook.com experience, but also with great features like scanning, pinned items, meeting formatting, calendar board, and integration with Microsoft To Do.

There are currently seven total Outlook sessions in Build. The most interesting are “Relevant notifications across Microsoft 365 and Windows” and “Extending Teams apps to Office and Outlook.”

More on Microsoft’s efforts on Android?

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 rests on a stair railing for the following reasons: Right angles.
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Rumors have indicated that Microsoft has created a new organization called Android Microsoft Platform and Experiences (AMPX). With that in mind, we’re wondering if Microsoft Build will focus more on Android experiences this year. A quick search reveals seven dedicated Android sessions, so we’re looking for some Microsoft news about Android as well.

We hope to hear more about the Windows subsystem for Android and running Android apps on Windows 11. Other things we hope to hear about might be OS updates or more about how developers create Android apps for the Surface Duo 2.

The sessions on “Bringing Android Apps to Windows” and “Developing Windows Apps on and for a Rich Ecosystem of Platforms and Devices” add further caution.

More on Metaverse

A meeting takes place in metaverses.

Metaverse is the next big thing for all the major tech giants, so we wouldn’t be surprised to hear Microsoft talk about this during Build. a The leaked session indicated that Microsoft was planning to highlight the integration of Teams with Metaverse, so hopefully there’s more about that. In the past, the company has also talked about its vision to work in the metaverse with Microsoft Mesh. These are all topics that may reappear during Build.

A specific session entitled “Building Microsoft in Focus: Preparing for Metaverse” could delve into these plans.

New devices?

Last year Microsoft announced the Snapdragon Developer Group.

It’s rare for Microsoft to talk about physical hardware during build, but we hope that will change this year. We know that Microsoft’s partner, Lenovo, has the new Snapdragon 8cX Gen 3 ThinkPad X13s coming out later this year. With the company continuing to use ARM last year by enabling 64-bit application emulation in Windows, we’re wondering if there might be a new Microsoft hardware or partner to support this.

Microsoft announced last year the release of Snapdragon Developer Kit, which is similar to Apple’s Mac mini developer kit, so we’re wondering if there could be a follow-up to support the development of ARM-based Windows 11 apps. It’s just wild guesswork, as we had no indication of any new ARM-based hardware from Microsoft itself. This usually comes in the fall during surface events.

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