SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Build 2017 kicks off Wednesday morning in Seattle, a homecoming for the giant of holding its annual developers conference here following decades.

That’s an apt move considering that the battle between a few of tech’s biggest businesses in the arenas of home-assistant hardware, intelligence and augmented reality.

Some 5,500 programmers have heeded the Redmond, Wash., company’s call, helping Build sell out in daily. As Facebook, Apple and Google do with their big developer confabs, Microsoft will use the event to re learn about its strategy whilst urging software experts to spend some time developing much-needed apps for Microsoft’s ecosystem.

Nevertheless, expect bots to be back.

“Last year, Microsoft got before Google, Facebook, Apple  and even Amazon on the notions of bots and AI,” or artificial intelligence, ”  states Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights & Strategy. “Bots have finished up so far to be a non-event, however, AI is on fire. Microsoft should supply enhancements and updates on both.”

Updates are also anticipated by Moorhead about Windows 10’s next generation, which is due out in September, in addition to details on the money system of Microsoft, its cloud computing system Azure.

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“Azure is your number two public cloud system to Amazon (and its Amazon Web Services), and I’d like to see Microsoft to provide clarity in their hybrid-cloud solution, Azure Stack,” he says, referring to a stage that helps companies  combine   on-premise computing power with cloud computing.

Anticipate Nadella to kick things off with a keynote that has been stress his mantra, “empowering everybody on the planet” through its own suite of cloud-based productivity resources ranging from Office to recently purchase LinkedIn.

Build 2017 will undoubtedly also showcase some kind of demo linked HoloLens, to the company’s revolutionary mixed-reality headset, an device that presently stays in the hands of programmers.

While a $300 mixed-reality headset from partners Acer and HP was only announced, do not expect that experience to echo that of $3,000 HoloLens, which Microsoft is betting on as the next generation of computing device that rids us all our desktops and notebooks as our keyboards and tracks suddenly hover facing us.

Build 2017 takes place at the Seattle Convention Center Wednesday and also some of its large sessions will be live streamed.