Microsoft is aiming to achieve 1 billion active Windows 10 devices by FY18, said Microsoft officials at the recently held Build developer conference.
The software giant has announced several new capabilities in its latest Windows operating system offering new opportunities for application developers to expand their reach to new customers.
At the company’s annual Build developer conference, Microsoft showcased several new features in Windows 10, from new capabilities to scale applications across devices to new ways for developers to build code for Windows 10.
Additionally the company unveiled a set of software development kits (SDKs) enabling developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Android and iOS to Windows 10.
Microsoft also announced new Microsoft Azure data services for intelligent applications; Visual Studio and .NET tools and runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux; and APIs that enable developers to build rich apps with Office 365.
“Microsoft has bold ambitions for platforms that empower developers across Windows, Azure and Office,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together, we will create more personal and more intelligent experiences that empower billions of people to achieve more.”
With the new Universal Windows Platform, developers can tailor their apps to the unique capabilities of each device, integrate Cortana and Xbox Live into their apps, offer trusted commerce, create holograms, and publish their apps into the Windows Store.
Microsoft announced four new software development toolkits that will make it easy to bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, iOS and Android to the Windows Store with minimal code modifications, Microsoft said.
With the new SDK, developers can start with an existing code base such as Android or iOS, integrate with the Universal Windows Platform capabilities, and then distribute their new application through the Windows Store.
As part of improving developer capabilities in Azure and Visual Studio, Microsoft introduced Azure SQL Data Warehouse, the industry’s first enterprise-class cloud data warehouse as a service that can grow, shrink and pause in seconds.
Microsoft also announced Azure Data Lake, an open and massively scalable data repository that supports petabyte-size files and provides high-speed integration with Azure HDInsight, Azure Machine Learning, Cloudera and Hortonworks to quickly derive insights from vast amounts of data.
Further, Microsoft enhanced its work with open source and .NET communities with a preview of the .NET Core for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate, which makes it easier for developers to build and deploy applications to Windows, Linux, iOS and Android platforms.