Microsoft Reveals New Tools And Services to Help Developers Infuse AI Across Any Platform

Monday 7th May 2018

At Build 2018 Microsoft leaders showcased new technologies to help every developer be an AI developer, on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and across any platform.

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SEATTLE, USA — May 7, 2018 — Today at Build 2018 Microsoft leaders showcased new technologies to help every developer be an AI developer, on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and across any platform. 

At the company’s annual developer conference, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, shared how the company is leading the way to address the enormous opportunity and responsibility that AI is bringing to every developer and organization on the planet.

Nadella announced a new $25 million, five-year program, AI for Accessibility, aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capabilities for more than one billion people around the world with disabilities. The program includes grants, technology investments and expertise, and will incorporate AI for Accessibility innovations into Microsoft cloud services.  

Other highlights include how Microsoft is:

- Creating advancements in the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud

- Harnessing the power of data and AI development for a new era

- Enabling richer experiences with mixed reality capabilities

- Giving developers the flexibility to create on any platform in any language

Advancements in the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud

Smart devices are proliferating in homes and businesses across the globe, with more than 20 billion expected by 2020. These devices are so smart, in fact, they are powering advanced ways to see, listen, reason and predict, without constant connectivity to the cloud. That is the intelligent edge, and it is opening opportunities for consumers, businesses and entire industries, from the operating room to the factory floor. Today Microsoft is announcing new capabilities for developers to extend to the edge: 

- DJI, the world’s biggest drone company, is partnering with Microsoft to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs, which will bring full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities to over 700m Windows 10 active devices globally. DJI and Microsoft will co-develop solutions leveraging Azure IOT Edge and Microsoft’s AI services to enable new scenarios across Agriculture, Construction, Public Safety and more. 

- Microsoft announced a joint effort with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to create a vision AI developer kit running Azure IoT Edge. This solution makes available the key hardware and software required to develop camera-based IoT solutions. 

 

Data and AI development for a new era 

Using the power of data, machine learning and cognitive intelligence, developers can build and manage AI-rich solutions that transform the ways people work, collaborate and live.

- Project Kinect for Azure, a package of sensors, including our next generation depth camera, with onboard compute designed for AI on the Edge. It will empower new scenarios for developers working with ambient intelligence. It can input fully articulated hand tracking and high fidelity spatial mapping, enabling a new level of precision solutions. 

- Speech Devices SDK delivers superior audio processing from multi-channel sources for more accurate speech recognition, including noise cancellation, far-field voice and more. With this, developers can build a variety of voice-enabled scenarios like drive-thru ordering systems, in-car or in-home assistants, smart speakers, and other digital assistants. 

- New updates to Bot Framework and Cognitive Services will power the next generation of conversational bots enabling richer dialogs, and full personality and voice customization to match the company’s brand identity. 

Multi-sense and multi-device experiences 

Microsoft demonstrated mixed reality capabilities to enable richer experiences that understand the context surrounding people, the things they use, their activities and relationships: 

- Microsoft Remote Assist allows customers to collaborate remotely with heads-up, hands-free video calling, image sharing, and mixed reality annotations. Firstline Workers can share what they see with any expert on their Microsoft Teams contact list, while staying hands on to solve problems and complete tasks together, faster. 

- With Microsoft Layout, customers can design spaces in context with mixed reality. Import 3D models to create room layouts in real-world scale, experience designs as high-quality holograms in physical space or in virtual reality, and share and edit with stakeholders in real time. 

Modern tooling and experiences for any platform in any language 

Microsoft is empowering developers to build for the new era of the intelligent edge, across Azure, M365 and other platforms, using the languages and framework of their choice. 

New Developer Opportunities with Microsoft 365 

Microsoft announced new opportunities that help developers create smarter ways for people to work, including new tools that give them the flexibility to design experiences in the languages and frameworks of their choice. Microsoft 365, combined with insights from the Microsoft Graph, empowers developers to build intelligent applications. New tools include:

- Windows Machine Learning, 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. 

New Microsoft 365 experiences empower customers to do more 

Microsoft introduced a set of technology experiences that address a more mobile workforce, including streamlining mobile Windows experiences across a variety of devices and platforms as well as better blending web and app experiences. These new experiences include: 

- The new Your Phone app enables a window into a user’s phone right from their PC for seamless transition of content like messages, photos and notifications across shared customers devices. The Your Phone app will begin to roll out to the Windows Insider Program this week. 

- Adaptive Cards now supported within Microsoft 365 enable developers to create rich interactive content in messages coming from their apps, bots, or services into Teams and Outlook. As a result, people can approve expense reports or comment on an issue in GitHub directly within a Teams chat, or even pay bills directly in email.

Shows: Seattle, USA

- Soundbites from Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

- Footage showing Microsoft projects focused on Accessibility

- Footage showing the Cortana and Alexa Collaboration  

- Footage showing Intelligent Edge; a drone leveraging Azure IOT Edge and Microsoft AI services detects faults in an industrial pipeline

- Footage showing Intelligent Workplace

- Footage from Build 2018 in Seattle

Other: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Microsoft Reveals New Tools And Services to Help Developers Infuse AI Across Any Platform

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At the company’s annual developer conference, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, shared how the company is leading the way to address the enormous opportunity and responsibility that AI is bringing to every developer and organization on the planet.

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