Microsoft brings Kinect back from the dead… for Azure

Microsoft Build Developer Conference 2018 This is what to expect

Microsoft brings Kinect back from the dead… for Azure

The company announced at Build that it will open-source the Azure IoT Edge Runtime, a move the company says is created to help customers modify the runtime to customize applications. Now customers will be able to access Timeline on an iPhone with Microsoft Edge. The service can identify issues through visual imagery, making it possible for drone photography or images from industrial equipment to be analyzed on the edge for quick response to critical issues.

Microsoft's new Your Phone app - available initially to Windows Insiders to test starting this week - will be a key part of Microsoft's initiative to blur the line between desktop and mobile. Microsoft says there are more than 700 million Windows 10 devices now active globally. Microsoft might make use of the opportunity at the Build to present some aspects of the platform to the developers in such a way that it attracts more developers to the platform.

In addition to routine updates to Windows 10, the company is expected to announce new AI features and integrations, new tools for business applications using its Azure cloud-computing platform, and progress reports on last year's announcements, including its Fluent Design interface.

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. A Speech Devices SDK was also rolled out today. The company says it'll be sharing more on Timeline for Android and iOS in its day two keynote tomorrow at Build, which we'll be watching.

They've also announced that Custom Vision will run on Azure IoT edge, bringing the Azure Cognitive Service for vision to the edge, so that devices on the edge will be able to use vision to make decisions and take action without a cloud connection. Build 2017 then went on to explore how the cloud can be used to check machine maintenance, how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used for safety at the workplace and finally jumped to Cortana and a bunch of new smart speakers before getting back to Azure.

DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership to bring advanced AI and machine learning capabilities to DJI drones, helping businesses harness the power of commercial drone technology and edge cloud computing.

DJI's new SDK for Windows empowers developers to build native Windows applications that can remotely control DJI drones including autonomous flight and real-time data streaming.

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