Professional Developers Conference

Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) was a series of conferences for software developers; the conference was held infrequently to coincide with beta releases of the Windows operating system, and showcased topics of interest to those developing hardware and software for the new version of Windows.

In 2011, PDC was merged with Microsoft's web development conference MIX to form the Build Conference. Since 2011, it has been renamed BUILD.

Steven Sinofsky and Julie Larson-Green at Microsoft PDC 2008, day two (3009002418)
Steven Sinofsky and Julie Larson-Green presenting at PDC 2008



Other Microsoft developer conferences

See also


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Build (developer conference)

Microsoft Build (often stylised as //build/) is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software engineers and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies. First held in 2011, it serves as a successor for Microsoft's previous developer events, the Professional Developers Conference (an infrequent event which covered development of software for the Windows operating system) and MIX (which covered web development centering on Microsoft technology such as Silverlight and The attendee price was (US)$2,195 in 2016, up from $2,095 in 2015. It has sold out quickly, within one minute of the registration site opening in 2016.

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Microsoft Store

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The usage of the term "ribbon" dates back to the 1980s and was originally used as a synonym for plain toolbar. However, in 2007, Microsoft used the term to refer to its own implementation of tabbed toolbars bearing heterogeneous controls for Microsoft Office 2007, which Microsoft calls "The Fluent UI". Although Microsoft popularized the term with a new meaning, similar tabbed layouts of controls had existed in previous software from other vendors, including 3D Studio MAX R3 and later, Adobe Dreamweaver, Borland Delphi, HotDog and Macromedia HomeSite.


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The WinHEC from 1992 to 2008, which stood for Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, was an annual software and hardware developer-oriented trade show and business conference, where Microsoft elaborated on its hardware plans for Microsoft Windows-compatible PCs. From 2008 to 2015, WinHEC was then replaced in Microsoft's schedule by the Professional Developers Conference, later merged into the Build conference.

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Windows Meeting Space

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Seven editions of Windows Server 2008 R2 were released: Foundation, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Web, HPC Server and Itanium, as well as Windows Storage Server 2008 R2. A home server variant called Windows Home Server 2011 was also released. It was succeeded by Windows Server 2012.

Windows Speech Recognition

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WSR is a locally-processed speech recognition platform; it does not rely on cloud computing for accuracy, dictation, or recognition, but adapts based on a user context, grammar, input, speech samples, training sessions, and vocabulary. For dictation, it provides a personal dictionary that allows users to include or exclude words or expressions and to optionally record pronunciations to increase recognition accuracy. With Windows Search, WSR can also optionally analyze and collect text in documents, email, and handwritten input on a tablet PC to contextualize and disambiguate terms to further adapt and personalize the recognizer. Custom language models that adapt the recognizer to the specific context, phonetics, and terminology of users in particular occupational fields such as legal or medical are also supported.WSR was developed to be an integrated component of Windows Vista, as Windows previously only supported speech recognition limited to individual applications such as Windows Media Player. Microsoft Office XP introduced speech recognition, but this support was limited to Internet Explorer and Office. In Windows Vista, the majority of integrated applications can be controlled through speech, and Office 2007 and later versions of Office rely on WSR, replacing the separate Office speech recognition. It is present in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, and Windows 10.


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