Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Project Kinect for Azure is Microsoft's AI sensor gift to devs

Conference goers check out the demo floor of the Microsoft Build 2017 show at the Washington State Convention Center. This week’s Build 2018 will be held in Seattle for the second year in a row Microsoft's Visual Studio Live Share collaboration service available to testers
Guillermo Lane | 08 May, 2018, 01:15

The software giant described its mission at the conference this way: "to help every developer be an AI developer".

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.

As of right now, iOS users can access Timeline through the Microsoft Edge mobile app. Second, Microsoft's Edge browser on iOS will soon be able to access Timeline. Adaptive Cards are now supported within Microsoft 365. In Seattle, at the company's Build conference, the company is opening up new APIs and tying deeper into SharePoint as well.

The new Project Kinect for Azure reintroduces the sensor with a brand new goal; it is designed for AI developers to create tools on the cloud-based Azure platform.

Updates to Microsoft's Bot Framework, used for integrating chatbots, will offer improved dialogues and customisation of voices and personalities.

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Rather than just a camera peripheral, Project Kinect for Azure will be whole package of sensors. Through this developers can create camera-based IoT solutions by using Azure services and hardware from Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform and AI Engine.

Another edge initiative announced at Build was Custom Vision being able to run on Azure IoT Edge. Also now in preview is the Live Share feature for Visual Studio, which makes it simpler for developers to collaborate with fellow team members in real time. Microsoft is also expanding its Sets experience to third-party apps, allowing users to group apps together in a tabbed interface. 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.

Microsoft is aiming to open up new opportunities for developers in the Microsoft 365 platform, with a handful of announcements at Build 2018.

Following the AI trend, Microsoft also announced a new effort called AI for Accessibility. This could make Microsoft a more appealing platform for oil and gas, general contracting, and other industries that make heavy use of connected devices in the field.

A native SDK for Windows enables developers to deploy Windows applications to DJI drones.

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