For its day two keynote at Build 2018, Microsoft mostly stuck to fleshing things out that were revealed during day one. Still, there were some interesting demos and glimpses of future features coming to Windows 10 and more. Here are some of our picks for the top announcements from Build 2018 day two.
Microsoft Launcher means business
Microsoft Launcher saw a pretty good reception when it was launched late last year, and now Microsoft is looking to bring that same experience to enterprise users. We got a small hint that this was coming when Microsoft announced Timeline for Android and iOS during day one, but the company expanded on things a little more for day two. There’s no word on when it’s coming, but it looks like it’ll be an interesting option for workers and IT administrators.
Grammar wizardry with Word and machine learning
Machine learning and AI have been big themes for Microsoft in recent years, and Microsoft even launched an AI platform for developers called Window ML earlier this year. During its day two keynote, Microsoft showed off just one small way it is leveraging that machine learning power to improve one of its own products: Word. With a future version of the Office app, Microsoft will tap Windows ML to help you improve your grammar. It’s a small addition, but it looks pretty neat.
Putting Sets in your Timeline
Windows 10’s Sets feature is still in active development, but Windows experience head Joe Belfiore took to the stage to off what Microsoft is working on for a future Insider build. The biggest news? Sets are coming to Timeline. Just like with individual apps and files, the feature will allow you to go back in time and retrieve full Sets of tabs that you were working on in the past. Oh, and the Alt + Tab shortcut is getting some Sets love, too: soon you’ll be able to move through individual Sets tabs, not just Windows.
Cortana is in on the timeline love, too
Timeline helps you return to stuff you were working on in the past with the Microsoft Graph, and Cortana will soon tap into that capability as well. The digital assistant is getting a new UI feature in Windows 10 that will let you “Pick up where you left off.” The section features suggestions on what you might want to start working again, along with a shortcut to see all of your activities.
And there’s more
Outside of some live coding fun, the day two keynote felt like a fleshing out of ideas Microsoft introduced during day one. Still, it offered some interesting looks at the new “Your Phone” experience, adaptive cards in Outlook, and much more.