Microsoft partners with DJI on AI model SDK for drones

While many feel Microsoft is neglecting Windows, today's announcements at Build 2018 shows Microsoft is doing what it can, within the constraints of reality, to keep Windows relevant for regular users.

Microsoft is also announcing a partnership with Qualcomm to create an artificial intelligence developer kit for computer vision in cameras. This will enable devices such as drones and industrial equipment to take critical action quickly without requiring cloud connectivity. There's a new Speech Devices SDK which builds on what you'd see in Cortana for speech recognition, and they are showing off a preview to Project Brainwave, which is an architecture for deep neural net processing which is now available on Azure and on the edge. Microsoft says there are more than 700 million Windows 10 devices now active globally.

A year ago at Build Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, new mixed reality headsets and controllers, and "Project Emma", a wearable for Parkinson's disease sufferers.

At Microsoft Build, Microsoft announced new opportunities that help developers create smarter ways for people to work, including new tools that give them the flexibility to design experiences in the languages and frameworks of their choice.

The Microsoft Build 2018 is similar to developers events organised by companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple but the differentiation is that there is likely to be a lot of focus on live coding onstage.

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Microsoft plans to share more details on 365 during tomorrow's Build festivities.

In addition to the SDK for Windows, Microsoft and DJI are collaborating to develop commercial drone solutions using Azure IoT Edge and AI technologies for customers in key vertical segments such as agriculture, construction, and public safety.

Other than that, Microsoft will also support promising projects by providing access to the company's engineers for consultation as well as its technologies.

Microsoft is also releasing an update for Visual Studio App Center (via TechCrunch). The new deal will come to developers later this year with a new developer agreement.

This will also be coming in a more limited form to iOS if you use Microsoft Edge on iOS, which I would assume is a pretty small percentage of iOS users.

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