Microsoft Build 2023: CEO Satya Nadella's boldest statements

We pick out the top takeaways from Nadella's keynote at the vendor giant's conference in Seattle

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Microsoft Build 2023: CEO Satya Nadella's boldest statements

Along with introducing the latest Microsoft offerings in generative artificial intelligence - including more resources for users to build their own generative AI tools - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during the vendor's annual Build conference that developers don't just work toward economic growth.

Developers, Nadella said during his keynote address Tuesday, work for the betterment of humanity.

"We want the lifespans to go up," Nadella told a live audience in Seattle and watching online. "We want education and prosperity and standard of living to go up everywhere. That's why we build. That's why we innovate. That's why technology exists. It's not for technology's sake. But it is for that broad impact … Things that we build can in fact make a difference to 8 billion people."

Nadella Talks AI at Build 2023

Among the technological advancements introduced during Build 2023 by Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is more access to generative artificial intelligence "copilots" across the Microsoft product suite, and embracing of plugins to give developers more generative AI options and more AI-powered security offerings.

Advancements to Azure unveiled during Build 2023 include a preview for Azure AI Content Safety, the general availability of ready-to-use document and conversation summarization for Azure Cognitive Service for Language, and the reveal of Microsoft Fabric, which Nadella called "the biggest launch of a data product from Microsoft since the launch of SQL Server."

"Most interestingly, it unifies the business model across all the different types of analytics workloads, whether they're SQL, machine learning - whatever job you want, you can use the same compute infrastructure," Nadella said. "And this unification, at the end of the day, is what I think will fuel the next generation of AI applications."

Click through to see the top takeaways from Nadella's keynote address from Build 2023.

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