Microsoft Build 2018: New Windows 'Experiences' for the mobile workforce announced

08 May, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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The company has partnered with drone maker DJI to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs.

The firm also unveiled Windows Machine Learning, which it described in a press release as "a new platform that enables developers to easily develop machine learning models in the intelligent cloud and then deploy them offline and in high performance to the PC platform". With Timeline on Microsoft Launcher, it plans to enable cross device app launching experience.

The company announced the investment Monday at its annual developers conference, Microsoft Build, held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Project Kinect basically takes the depth-sensing prowess of the Xbox accessory, shrinks it to a tiny frame with new sensors for developers to use with AI and Internet-of-Things via Azure.

"DJI is the leader in commercial drone technology, and Microsoft Azure is the preferred cloud for commercial businesses". It's open-sourcing the Azure IoT Edge runtime, and it's also bringing Azure Cognitive Services to IoT Edge, starting with Custom Vision.


A preview of Project Brainwave, an architecture for deep neural net processing, is now available on Azure and on the edge.

Azure, if you're not familiar, is Microsoft's cloud computing service, and the star of Microsoft's show this year. Indeed, it was detailed on stage that Microsoft is making moved to empower developers to build for the new era of intelligent edge, across Azure, Microsoft 365, and other platforms by using the languages and frameworks they know best. Microsoft brought most of the tech from Kinect to HoloLens, but now it's bringing some of Kinect's industry-defining tech to hardware developers too. For developers, UWP will work with Sets from the start, helping to keep customers engaged.

Now, over 700 million devices are running Windows 10.

Available today, the new Microsoft Azure Blockchain Workbench makes it easier to develop blockchain applications by stitching together an Azure-supported blockchain network with cloud services like Azure Active Directory, Key Vault and SQL Database, reducing proof-of-concept development time dramatically. A feature called Timeline tracks what you're doing and lets you find that information later.

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