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Microsoft Partners With China Based DJI, World’s Largest Drone Company

Microsoft called on the thriving developers' community to build AI, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) experiences while embracing Microsoft 365 platform.

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Microsoft introduced Cortana on Windows Phone four years ago. In Windows 10, it became the core search functionality.Pixabay

Microsoft has announced a unique partnership with China-based DJI — the world’s biggest drone company — where DJI will create a new software development kit (SDK) for Windows 10 PCs.

The SDK will bring full-flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities to over 700 million Windows 10 active devices globally, it was announced during the jam-packed “Build 2018” conference here on Monday, attended by over 6,000 developers.

“The era of the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge is upon us. These advancements create incredible developer opportunity and also come with a responsibility to ensure the technology we build is trusted and benefits all,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told the gathering.

DJI and Microsoft will co-develop solutions leveraging “Azure IOT Edge” and Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) services to enable new scenarios across agriculture, construction, public safety and more.

DJI also selected Microsoft Azure as a preferred Cloud provider to improve their commercial drone and Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) solutions.

Microsoft also announced a joint effort with chip-maker Qualcomm Technologies to create a vision AI developer kit running the “Azure IoT Edge” platform.

Developers can create solutions that use Azure Machine Learning (ML) services and take advantage of the hardware acceleration available via the Qualcomm “Vision Intelligence Platform” and Qualcomm “AI Engine”, the tech giant announced.

Microsoft called on the thriving developers’ community to build AI, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) experiences while embracing Microsoft 365 platform.

Microsoft has announced a unique partnership with China-based DJI -- the world's biggest drone company -- where DJI will create a new software development kit (SDK) for Windows 10 PCs.
DJI is the world’s largest drone company, Pixabay

Microsoft 365 brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility+Security (EMS), delivering a complete and secure solution to empower employees.

“Microsoft 365 is where the world gets its best work done. With 135 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365 and nearly 700 million Windows 10 connected devices, Microsoft 365 helps developers reach people how and where they work,” said Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft.

Smart devices are proliferating, with more than 20 billion connected devices expected by 2020 globally.

To leverage this opportunity, the tech giant announced to open source its “Azure IOT Edge Runtime”, allowing customers to modify, debug and have more transparency and control for edge applications.

The company unveiled “Project Kinect for Azure” — a package of sensors, including a next-generation depth camera with onboard compute designed for AI on the “Edge”.

“Project Kinect for Azure” empowers new scenarios for developers working with ambient intelligence to dramatically improve insights and operations.

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The company also announced “Speech Devices SDK” that delivers better audio processing from multi-channel sources for more accurate speech recognition, including noise cancellation, far-field voice and more.

With this, developers can build a variety of voice-enabled scenarios like drive-through ordering systems, in-car or in-home assistants, smart speakers, and other digital assistants.

The company demonstrated Mixed Reality (MR) capabilities to enable richer experiences that understand the context surrounding people. (IANS)

 

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Microsoft Ready to Help Indian Startups, Says President Anant Maheshwari

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Armed with a cutting-edge technology platform, a well-established partner organisation and an expansion of M12 venture fund, Microsoft is ready to help Indian startups across the spectrum embrace the next phase of growth, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said here on Monday.

India, which saw a tremendous growth in the startup space in the last couple of years, is now witnessing a growth in the business-to-business (B2B) tech startups coming up with innovative ideas to deal with local problems.

“With our intelligent tech expertise, deep focus on trust and unique global go to market partnering, we empower unicorns and startups to scale sustainably at a global level,” said Maheshwari.

“We remain excited about India’s entrepreneurial startup potential and will continue to accelerate it as a growth engine for the economy,” he added.

India witnessed a dramatic rise of eight unicorns in 2018 from among the start-ups across verticals as against a mere nine in six years from 2011 till 2017, according to IT industry apex body Nasscom.

The start-ups joining the select club for their valuation over $1 billion are Oyo Rooms (hospitality), Zomato and Swiggy (food delivery), Udaan (retailer marketplace), Byju’s, (edu-tech), Paytm Mall (e-tail), Freshworks (software programmer) and Policybazaar (digital insurance).

Maheshwari said Microsoft is uniquely positioned to support Indian startups to achieve scale and evolve from market ready to enterprise ready.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

The introduction of M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, in India in February is creating new value for startups, VCs and the company itself to maintain the pace and direction of innovation.

“M12 is looking at investing in innovators who have aligned their focus on cutting-edge technologies that better enable digital transformation. The portfolio development team at M12 is specifically built to help support and scale companies by leveraging the expansive resources of Microsoft,” said the company.

According to reports, venture capital investments in Indian tech business-to-business (B2B) start-ups have been trending upwards, with over $3.09 billion raised in equity funding across 415 deals in 2018 — 28 per cent more than $2.41 billion in 2017.

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Under the “Microsoft for Startups” initiative, startups can co-sell with Microsoft sales teams, get access to top tech VCs in the global arena and mentorship from industry veterans.

In less than 18 months, Microsoft for Startups has closed more than 120 co-sell deals with more than $126 million in active pipeline for startups.

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months. (IANS)