The first day of Microsoft’s Build 2018 developer conference came and went, and the technology giant unveiled myriad tools and products for developers and geeks of the world to chew on.

From artificial intelligence (AI) to Azure, here’s a quick recap of everything Microsoft announced at Build 2018.

Cortana and Alexa

Arguably the most exciting facet of Build 2018 was Microsoft demonstrating its Cortana digital assistant working in conjunction with Amazon’s Alexa.

We already knew that the two technology giants were working on this collaboration, but seeing the fruits of this tie-up for the first time was a major development.

In a nutshell, you will soon be able to do things like hail an Uber with Alexa through your Windows 10 PC or check your schedule with Cortana on an Amazon Echo.

The integration will first be made available in limited beta, and no timeframe has been given for a wider rollout.


Build was once a largely Windows-focused event, but with the company’s shift to the cloud, Azure now plays a significant part in the proceedings. At Build 2018, the company announced it was open-sourcing the Azure IoT Edge Runtime to allow its customers to modify, debug, and better control edge applications.

Elsewhere, Microsoft revealed that it has added support for Kubernetes management via the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), pushed its Azure Maps platform into generally availability, announced a couple of updates related to Windows 10 IoT and Azure Cosmos DB, and unveiled a partnership with DJI and Qualcomm for its Azure, AI, and IoT push.

Additionally, Microsoft announced Project…