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Microsoft Build 2017: the latest news and announcements from the conference

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Just one week after Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop and its lighter version of its operating system, Windows 10 S, the company is back in Seattle for another conference geared toward developers. In a race against the likes of assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, here's a look at what's next from Microsoft in all things Windows, AI, Office, and more.

  • Tom Warren

    May 10, 2017

    Tom Warren

    500 million machines are now running Windows 10

    Microsoft is announcing today that 500 million active machines are now running Windows 10. The latest statistic comes almost 8 months after the company revealed 400 million devices were running Windows 10. Microsoft revealed its latest Windows 10 figures just as the software maker starts its Build developer event in Seattle today.

    Microsoft had originally claimed it would have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 by 2018. The bold estimate was revised last July, with Microsoft admitting "it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices." It now seems this will take a lot longer than 2018 for Microsoft to reach 1 billion Windows 10 devices. Growth has stalled since the free Windows 10 upgrade offer, and Microsoft has all but given up on phones that could have helped boost its numbers.

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  • Tom Warren

    May 9, 2017

    Tom Warren

    7 things to expect from Microsoft’s Build conference

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    Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

    Microsoft is hosting its annual Build developers conference in Seattle this year. The first keynote kicks off on Wednesday, and Microsoft is expected to detail its future plans for Windows, Cortana, bots, and Office. We’re not expecting to see any more surprise Surface hardware at Build, and the focus will largely be on Microsoft’s methods to attract developers to its platforms.

    For all of the details on what to expect, we've put together a full preview of the event below. The event kicks off Wednesday, May 10th at 11AM ET / 8AM PT.

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