The annual developer conference for Microsoft has officially kicked off, the first annual developer conference we have had online in the consumer tech world. The others are Google I / O and Apple's WWDC. All three evidently changed during the pandemic, and it was instructive to watch what each company has chosen (or will choose) to do.

Google canceled I / O entirely straight up — maybe playing it safer, as Google had to make a call in the COVID timeline in the Bay Area when things looked particularly dire. There'll at least be some kind of online unveiling for Android. Apple's always "on" as an online event, and while you never know about it with Apple I think it's going to try and make a splash with new versions of iOS, iPadOS, and maybe even remember doing something with macOS.

Confronted with the same conditions, with its developer conference, Microsoft decided to do something remarkable: putting on a keynote for the developer.

These keynotes usually aim to strike a balance between appealing to customers with fresh product news and creating innovative technologies that will make their lives easier. Microsoft, which normally puts on the most advanced conference, actually went all in with content based on developers.

The presentation of the company also suavely moved from house to house, treating its demonstrations more like a live meeting you were dialed into at work than a show for which you were just a member of the audience.

It was less like a keynote with the Micro ... squad and more of a "hangin!" "Did the presenters at Microsoft really call themselves that? Clearly not. If you told me they were based on the quality and quantity of adorably cringey dad-humor on display on Build's video feed, would I believe you? Hell yes and I loved it, of course.

But yesterday, Microsoft did make some impactful news. I 'm excited about some of the new stuff that comes to the Microsoft Edge browser, mostly the new web-inspector 3D view. As for integration with Pinterest, well, I like Pinterest, but I do have doubts about the sidebar. Many have tried to make something of functional and persistent sidebars for browsers.
I am super happy to see this new Microsoft Lists app built for Teams, SharePoint, and Outlook as a former office temp placed in charge of keeping organized all kinds of random company information. It looks as if it might be useful for all sorts of tasks that fall between a spreadsheet and full-on software database.