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

Microsoft is also launching a number of new technologies for developers around making better use of data and AI in their solutions.

Microsoft has also announced that users will be able to access Timeline on an iPhone with Microsoft Edge. Microsoft has added FPGAs to all of its Azure servers in its own datacenters, as well as implementing FPGAs in some of the machines that power Bing's indexing servers as part of its Project Catapult efforts. Data is being collected from aerial and ground sensors and analyzed using artificial intelligence models running on the Azure IoT Edge platform.

Furthermore, this is actually Microsoft's second crack at trying to make the Kinect into a business-focused product.

New Azure Cognitive Services updates include a unified Speech service with improved speech recognition and text-to-speech, which support customized voice models and translation. The update, which only applies to apps in the Microsoft Store will increase the revenue share which is paid, further incentivizing developers to target the platform. The CEO highlighted the fact that Microsoft's cloud competitors finance their cloud computing businesses with revenue generated from other ventures such as retail and advertising, which may run counter to the interests of business customers.

Meanwhile, as blockchain continues to surge, Microsoft announced the Azure Blockchain Workbench as a new tool for bringing together blockchain networks (that are supported by Azure) with cloud services (such as Azure Active Directory and Key Vault), for developers working on blockchain applications.

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

"Today, we released the integration of Visual Studio App Center and GitHub, which provides GitHub developers building mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS devices to seamlessly automate DevOps processes right from within the GitHub experience", explained Microsoft. "As developers, your UWP will work with Sets from the start, helping to keep your customers engaged", said Microsoft in a statement. Edge activities are already logged on Windows 10 PCs from the Edge app on your phone, but coming soon is the ability to see that same timeline directly on your phone for resuming web browsing activities and more.

On Android, the Redmond-based software major is taking advantage of Microsoft Launcher app to bring the feature.


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