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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 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 Releasing its Redesigned MS Outlook For Windows, Web users

More enhancements would keep coming over the next few months with updated features

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Microsoft is releasing the redesigned version of its personal information manager Outlook to Windows and Web users with improved search options, simplified ribbon (toolbars at the top of the window) and options to control and personalise inboxes.

The revamped version of “Outlook” comes with provisions of finding files quicker in the inbox, suggested replies, simplified event creation option and smart-room suggestion to help users find the best rooms for meetings based on time, availability and preferences, Gabriel Valdez from the tech and marketing team for Outlook, Microsoft wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Additionally, the “Outlook” redesign also incorporates simpler ways to the “add-in” experience that brings the user’s most used apps into the inbox for faster multitasking, including saving an email directly to notebook, translating emails on the fly or peer-to-peer paying.

“You can also install more add-ins from the Office Store-simply open an email, click the drop-down menu, and select Get Add-ins. Once installed, add-ins will show up in the drop-down menu. You can also choose to pin frequently used add-ins,” wrote Valdez.

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Microsoft has also added more ways to manage groups in refreshed “Outlook” version like faster and simpler group creation, richer group card, more efficient group email triage and group Files view that would focus on the latest file activity and group management.

More enhancements would keep coming over the next few months with updated features.

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“Based on your feedback, we’ll iterate, improve, refine, or discard them,” Valdez added.

The new Outlook is not yet available on Mac, but the redesign is available now for Windows users in the “Targeted programme” while “Targeted Release” users would get it in the next few weeks. (IANS)