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Posted on June 11, 2018 By Admin

Microsoft Build’s 2018 biggest announcements

Last month Microsoft’s Build 2018 developers conference was hosted in Seattle and we would like to share with you the key announcements that were presented.

As it was presented at the conference, Microsoft’s great focus on the development of capabilities and technologies aimed at developers to be able to improve and develop artificial intelligence for software in a much bigger way.

Below we present the key announcements presented at the conference:

Developing for the intelligent edge

Microsoft’s Azure IoT Edge Runtime has now been open-sourced to help provide improved modifying and debugging capabilities for edge applications.

Another capability added to run on Azure IoT Edge was Microsoft’s Custom Vision service that allows devices to recognize content in imagery. This will allow devices like drones to decide actions without consulting the cloud for additional information. For this matter, Microsoft has allied with a drone company called DJI to work on flight control and data transferring over windows 10 devices all this while Microsoft is also working on a vision AI with Qualcomm to develop a kit that will run Azure IoT Edge.

Developing with data and AI

For all their AI solutions, Microsoft is launching several new technologies to help developers make a better use of data. Among them is the Kinect project for Azure, which is a sensor package with a next-generation depth camera with built-in computing capabilities. The objective is to take AI to give solutions for the next generation and is expected to be available next year.

Another project is a new Speech Devices SDK that will update and provide improved audio processing to give greater accuracy in voice recognition from Azure Cognitive Services also providing a better text-to-speech recognition.

Not all projects are far away, like Project Brainwave, a new deep neural net processing architecture, is now available in preview on Azure. Also, Microsoft’s Azure Cosmos DB, given its rapid growth is getting new updates like multi-master capabilities (compatible with cloud and edge) and general enhanced security available for Microsoft’s Virtual Network (VNet).

Developer tooling

Microsoft stated the Azure Kubernetes Service, which allows developers to build easier and run solutions based on containers, will be available in the next few weeks and will also be offered for Azure IoT Edge.

Microsoft has integrated development environment for Visual Studio, with this new IntelliCode capability it will provide “intelligent suggestions to improve code quality and productivity”. A preview of the Live Share feature is now available for Visual Studio, this will allow developers to collaborate with fellow team members in real time. Microsoft stated that the Visual Studio App Center has now been integrated with GitHub, allowing developers to automate their DevOps processes in a much easier way.

Microsoft announced, as a new tool, the Azure Blockchain Workbench which will help bring together blockchain networks with cloud services for developers working on blockchain applications (such as Azure Active Directory and Key Vault).

Microsoft 365 tools

The goal with Microsoft 365 is to open new opportunities for developers. To start, it is intended to provide developers with the ability to customize the experiences in Microsoft Teams with new and updated Teams APIs in Microsoft Graph, as well as publish custom applications in the Teams app store. Microsoft also announced that SharePoint will be more integrated with Teams so that users can even pin SharePoint page on channels.

Other announcements at the Build 2018 included capabilities for developers to use now the latest version of .NET for running their apps in a stand-alone environment using .NET Core 3.0; extend Power BI visualizations into Excel; using Azure Machine Learning and JavaScript custom functions you can now create new formulas for Excel’s catalog; and convert large catalogs of applications using the MSIX containerization solution. In addition, developers can now create machine-learning models in the cloud with the new Windows Machine Learning platform.

Windows on mobile

Now that we know Microsoft has left Windows as an operating system for smartphones, the company is now focused on creating easier ways for users to interact between Windows PCs and other devices OS. That’s why Microsoft launched a new app called Your Phone, which will provide users a right way to connect their phone to their PC for seamless transition of photos, videos, files and notifications.

As for the Android version of Microsoft, it will include a support for discovery of line-of-business apps, as well as IT advisement on configuration, for enterprise users.

And finally, Windows has launched a new feature called Sets, this will provide an easier way to organize your stuff and get back to what you were doing; developers will see their Universal Windows Platform work with Sets “from the start,” as a way to help keep customers engaged.


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