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Microsoft Announces The Launch of ‘Robot OS’ For Windows 10

With the advancements of robots, Microsoft plans to experiment into advanced development tools

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Microsoft has announced an experimental release of “Robot Operating System (ROS1)” for Windows as a next step in bringing features like Machine Learning (ML), computer vision, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud services and other Microsoft technologies to home, education, commercial and industrial robots.

The announcement comes as part of the “ROSCon 2018” that is being in Madrid, Spain where Microsoft is demonstrating a “ROBOTIS Turtlebot 3” robot that recognises and steers towards the person closest to it and runs on the “Windows 10 IoT Enterprise” solution.

“This development will bring the manageability and security of ‘Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT) Enterprise’ solutions to the ‘ROS’ ecosystem,” Lou Amadio, Principal Software Engineer, Windows IoT, Microsoft wrote in a blog-post late on Friday.

“ROS” is a set of libraries and tools that are used to build complex robots and “Windows 10 IoT Enterprise” delivers enterprise manageability and security solutions to industry based IoT devices used in retail, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries.

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The tech giant has joined the ROS Industrial Consortium –an open source project that extends the advanced capabilities of the ROS software to manufacturing — to extend and improve the productivity and return on investment of industrial robots.

“Windows has been a trusted partner of robotic and industrial systems for decades and we’re looking forward to bringing the intelligent edge to robotics by bringing more advanced features,” Amadio added.

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With the advancements of robots, Microsoft plans to experiment into advanced development tools.

“Microsoft will host the Windows builds for ‘ROS1’ and shortly ‘ROS2’, as well as provide documentation, development and deployment solutions for Windows,” wrote Amadio. (IANS)

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More Indian Startups Ready With Solutions to Tackle Real-life Problems: Microsoft

Regarding Microsoft's startup programme, she said the company can help B2B startups in two key ways. "The first way we can help is by providing technical support as we have extraordinary engineers all over the world who are leaders in the field

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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, says a top Microsoft executive.

“The Indian startup ecosystem is on a growth trajectory, riding on an innovative fleet of young entrepreneurs who are building products that can help solve real-life issues,” said Annie Parker, Global Head of Microsoft for Startups, here.

The Australian startups pioneer who joined Microsoft last year to help scale the company’s startup dreams is bullish on India when it comes to innovation in the B2B space led by incredible engineers and technologists.

“We have seen the rise in B2C startups in India and now is the time for more B2B tech solutions with country-specific problem in focus. The local startup community in India is thriving,” Parker told IANS on the sidelines of the Microsoft ‘Imagine Cup’ Asia Regional Finals 2019.

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When it comes to finding right a mix of talent for B2B startups, Parker said India has no dearth at all.

“You can’t really walk in Bengaluru without bumping into a software engineer,” chuckled Parker, adding that there were tremendous growth opportunities in the country.

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Regarding Microsoft’s startup programme, she said the company can help B2B startups in two key ways. “The first way we can help is by providing technical support as we have extraordinary engineers all over the world who are leaders in the field.

“The second way we can help is within Microsoft ‘ScaleUp’ and the startup team more broadly,” she informed. The Microsoft ScaleUp programme (previously known as Microsoft Accelerator) is designed for Series A startups and offers access to sales, marketing and technical support. (IANS)