Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Microsoft Build 2018: New Windows 'Experiences' for the mobile workforce announced

Microsoft Build 2018: New Windows 'Experiences' for the mobile workforce announced

Microsoft has taken the wraps off Project Kinect for Azure today at Build 2018, its annual developer event, and if you thought uses for the fiendishly clever depth-sensing camera began and ended with Xbox gaming, think again.

Visual Studio IntelliCode is a new capability that enhances everyday software development with the power of AI. This solution makes available the key hardware and software required to develop camera-based IoT solutions.

Microsoft today held its Build developers conference. The move represents the first Azure Cognitive Service to be extended to the edge with support for more services coming "over the next several months", Microsoft said.

A preview of Project Brainwave, an architecture for deep neural net processing, is now available on Azure and on the edge. Sharing on innovations that will help developers become AI in tuned, to build AI and multidevice, multisense experiences. As expected, the company made announcements focusing on emerging tech like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and machine learning.

"The era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us", said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

Other reveals at Build 2018 include capabilities for developers to now use the latest version of.NET for running their app in a stand-alone.NET environment (using.NET Core 3.0); extend Power BI visualisations into Excel; create new formulas for Excel's catalog (using new Azure Machine Learning and JavaScript custom functions); and convert large catalogs of applications using the MSIX containerisations solution.

A native SDK for Windows enables developers to deploy Windows applications to DJI drones. We're expanding this work to not only bring more Microsoft 365 services across platforms and into applications, but to better connect customers' existing PC experiences with their phones, helping to increase engagement for developers.

Microsoft has announced a new "Your Phone" app that enables a window into a user's phone right from their PC.

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