While the Day 1 keynote of Microsoft’s Build conference focused more on the platforms and devices that target consumers and individual users — Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, specifically — today’s Day 2 keynote focused on the back-end services and on the cloud.
Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools business, was the main presenter this morning at the conference for independent, third-party developers being held on Microsoft’s Redmond campus.
“We’re well and truly into this new era of devices and services,” he told the attendees gathered inside the huge tent that Microsoft built on its campus for the event.
On the client side, the company talked about a “reimagined Windows,” he said. “Similarly, on the back end, we’re reimagining Windows for cloud services.”
Nadella talked about how Windows Azure, the company’s cloud platform for developers, powers Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps, and touted the richness and scalability, personalization and security capabilities of the company’s back-end services.
Nadella also offered some statistics on several Microsoft offerings powered by the company’s cloud services, which he says means that the company is constantly getting feedback on how to improve its own back-end infrastructure. Among the stats he cited:
- Xbox Live has 40 million plus users
- SkyDrive has 200 million users
- Office 365 – just the Web apps – have more than 50 million users
“The point is not just the scale of these things,” Nadella said. “It’s the diversity of these applications and what that diversity teaches us.”
The morning’s keynote presenters also highlighted the following:
- Expanded Windows Azure Mobile Services — it will now support Windows Phone 8 in addition to Windows 8 Client and iOS. It “really enables you to cloud-enable your applications with very little code,” Nadella said.
- Opportunities for developers building apps for enterprise, including apps for extending and integrating Office into apps, and making it simpler to have organizational identities be part of the app experience.
In addition, Microsoft has a preview of its Windows Azure Store here.
Nadellae also wrote about some of the highlights in this official blog post.
A video of Nadella’s keynote should be available over the next few days at Microsoft’s Channel 9 site. H
[Photo of Nadella from Microsoft]