Microsoft held its annual Build developers conference in May 2017, in Seattle. As you would expect, the company made several announcements and released more than a few new platforms, features, and tools developers can use to create modern applications of all shapes, sizes, and capabilities.
But there was something more to Microsoft Build 2017 than readily meets the eye. There was a subtle difference in the overall tone of the conference—a difference you might not notice if you don't follow Build conferences year after year.
The platforms, features, and tools discussed at Build 2017 were no longer abstract, nearly pie-in-the-sky concepts, but usable, physical things that developers can take advantage of right now. Microsoft is no longer selling dreams of the future to developers—it is selling the current reality—and developers, businesses, and just about everyone else better take notice