This is the third Microsoft Build I've attended digitally, and it is also the most fascinating one I've attended. The advent of generative AI has really made this Build much more significant, at least to me. During this long weekend I intend to watch some sessions I wasn't able to attend.
For me, the most significant thing I saw, which I believe Kevin Scott introduced, was an interaction by a user with a chat client (probably ChatGPT) where the user was asking the chat client questions about some data related to their company. At one point the user asked the chat to generate a table of the data, which the chat client did. WOW! That is BIG!! This is a moment that reminds me of when the Internet first came about. Before then the software I wrote was for Windows applications. When the Internet and HTML came about, it was a huge disruption in how we wrote applications. That demo of a chat client generating a table of data, on the spot at the user's request, is exactly like when the Internet/HTML came into being. I am not one of those who preach doom and gloom to all our jobs being brought about by the advent of AI, so we'll all lose our jobs and must start living under a bridge. What I do see is that soon it will not be necessary to generate a report of data for a user to review. Instead, the necessary skill will be writing APIs, because these AI's will need to be able to refresh the data, they use to generate those tables and graphs on the fly.
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