Microsoft on Monday showcased new technologies to help every developer be an AI developer, on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and across any platform. Building for AI is more important to developers than ever, as technology continues to change the way people live and work every day, across the cloud and across edge devices, the software maker said at the company’s annual developer conference, Microsoft Build 2018.
At the conference in Seattle, the software maker announced many initiatives including a $25 million, five-year program aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capabilities for more than 1 billion people around the world with disabilities. “The era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us,” said Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft in his keynote address.
The company also announced several tie-ups including a joint effort with Qualcomm Technologies to create a vision AI developer kit running Azure IoT Edge. Similarly, the Redmond-based tech major revealed it is partnering DJI, the world’s biggest drone company, to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs. The SDK will bring full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities to nearly 700M Windows 10 connected devices globally, as compared to around 500 million active monthly users last year, Microsoft said.
As part of the commercial partnership, DJI and Microsoft will co-develop solutions leveraging Azure IoT Edge and Microsoft’s AI services to enable new scenarios across various sectors including agriculture, construction and public safety.
Microsoft Launcher app on Android will now support enterprise customers including line-of-business (LoB) app discovery and IT advisement on configuration. Likewise, the app will support Timeline for cross-device app, meaning users will be able to access Timeline on an iPhone within the Microsoft Edge.
Finally, besides demonstrating mixed-reality capabilities to enable richer experiences, the tech giant indicated that it is aiming to empower developers to build for the new era of the intelligent edge, across various platforms, using the languages and frameworks of their choice, thanks to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Visual Studio IntelliCode and Visual Studio Live Share.