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Microsoft Kinect is back and this time it's all about AI

08 May 2018, 01:15 | Camille Rivera

Microsoft Kinect is back and this time it's all about AI

Windows Mixed Reality

For those that use Power BI, there is new support coming for visualizations in Excel; it is now possible to extend custom visuals created for Power BI to be used in Excel.

Finally, Microsoft is also announcing the Microsoft Azure Blockchain Workbench, which should make it easier for developers to develop applications by sticking Azure-supported blockchain network with cloud services.

Keeping with the AI theme, Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft have also partnered to develop a vision AI developer kit that runs Azure IoT Edge.

In terms of cognitive developments, Microsoft showed a preview of Project Brainwave now available on Azure IoT Edge.

In addition to these user-facing initiatives, Microsoft will give developers access to new tools and APIs to create enterprise apps. As expected, the company made announcements focusing on emerging tech like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and machine learning.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), for example, simplifies the process for building out container-based apps.

At Microsoft Build 2018, CEO Satya Nadella said now is the "era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge" for developers.

Microsoft's Visual Studio comes with "Live Share" capability allowing developers to edit in real time with tools like Visual Studio 2017 and VS Code. "As developers, your UWP will work with Sets from the start, helping to keep your customers engaged", said Microsoft in a statement. It includes Microsoft's "most advanced" time-of-flight sensor (used for 3D imaging) and some other new sensors.

While Microsoft has moved away from Windows as an operating system for smartphones, the company is now focused on enabling users to more easily interact between Windows PCs and their iOS or Android device. Microsoft also announced that SharePoint is being integrated to a deeper level with Teams - so that users can pin a SharePoint page into channels, for instance.

Microsoft has announced a new "Your Phone" app that enables a window into a user's phone right from their PC.



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