Microsoft announces Project Kinect for Azure, the Speech Devices SDK, and more

Microsoft announces Project Kinect for Azure, the Speech Devices SDK, and more

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. This will enable devices such as drones and industrial equipment to take critical action quickly without requiring cloud connectivity. And a new deep neural net processing architecture, dubbed Project Brainwave, is now available in preview on Azure and the edge, Microsoft said.

But more importantly, the company is branding it as a "comprehensive development platform", this is a notable change from previous years when the company would say this about Windows. Microsoft argues that FPGAs give it more flexibility than designing custom chips and that the performance it achieves on standard Intel Stratix FPGAs is at least comparable to that of custom chips.

Through this partnership, DJI is releasing a Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows that extends the power of commercial drone technology to the largest enterprise developer community in the world.

Microsoft did not say when it will update Microsoft Launcher with Timeline.

It is expected that Microsoft might announce its plans for the upcoming Surface device at Build 2018. At Build 2018, Microsoft will detail how it using AI and machine learning to solve mission-critical problems and how the technology is being baked into core Microsoft products including Windows, Office 365 and Dynamics.

On stage at Build this morning, the company showed several of these new capabilities in a demonstration with DJI, Rockwell International and Qualcomm, flying a drone over pipes that seem identical from the outside, using imaging technology to identify damaged pipes, then creating a service ticket published to Dynamics 365. There will also be a livestream available through dedicated Build 2018 website. The app will allow PC users access to their phone's contents, including messages, photos, and notifications, right on their Windows 10 desktop. Microsoft is also expanding its Sets experience to third-party apps, allowing users to group apps together in a tabbed interface. The company will also make announcements related to its Windows 10 operating system at the event as a new update already has been rolled out for Windows 10 devices.

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