Microsoft announces tools at Build for AI, intelligent cloud, edge computing

Todd Singleton
May 8, 2018

To begin with, Microsoft is now open sourcing its Azure IoT Edge Runtime platform for developers.

Previous year at Build, Microsoft officials talked up the edge-computing piece of the company's evolving "intelligent cloud/intelligent edge" strategy.

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Project Kinect for Azure, the technology used in HoloLens will help develop insights and operations. Indeed, Microsoft argues that Brainwave offers 5x less latency than Google's TPUs.

AI has become one of the most important aspects of technology today.

Nadella is pitching the technique as a way for companies to "learn, train on encrypted data".

Meanwhile, Microsoft's fast-growing Azure Cosmos DB is getting updates such as new multi-master capabilities (supporting cloud and edge) and enhanced security through the general availability of support for Microsoft's Virtual Network (VNet) service.

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Charlotte Yarkoni, a Microsoft Azure VP was the first person on stage at Build 2018 to give the audience an overview of what's to come for the next three days of conferences, meetings, presentations, sessions, and keynotes, and the throughline was, empowering developers to create ambient computing experiences through a multi-faceted approach from the company. Jabil sites have inspection stations where cameras take pictures of partially assembled circuit boards.

It's that time of year again. This new software development kit will enable developers to utilize Microsoft's speech recognition tech on their products, which will allow for improved speech recognition thanks to its noise cancellation and far-field voice tech.

Nadella briefly mentioned the company's internal AI ethics team whose job is to ensure that the company's foray into cutting-edge techniques like deep learning don't unintentionally perpetuate societal biases in their products, among other tasks. Through this developers can create camera-based IoT solutions by using Azure services and hardware from Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform and AI Engine.

The company is expected to reveal more details about the improvements to its AI platform.

DJI and Microsoft are already working together to advance technology for precision farming with Microsoft's FarmBeats solution, which aggregates and analyzes data from aerial and ground sensors using AI models running on Azure IoT Edge.

While every single presentation at the Build 2017 conference was in some way related to crowd, it's clear that Azure is doing well and is here to stay.

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