Project Kinect for Azure is Microsoft's AI sensor gift to devs

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The software giant described its mission at the conference this way: "to help every developer be an AI developer". While today's news may not be ground-breaking in what is being offered, it's another small avenue where vendors can build add-on services that increase the value of Microsoft's underlying product to help make Office 365 the most robust productivity offering available. Lastly, the company has made available its "Blockchain Workbench" for Microsoft Azure which will now make it easier for developers to build Azure-supported blockchain network.

The company has also teamed up with Qualcomm to launch an AI developer kit for on-device inferencing on the edge. Second, Microsoft's Edge browser on iOS will soon be able to access Timeline. This will allow devices such as drones to take important actions without connecting to the cloud.

Microsoft Edge is a redesigned version of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) partners with DJI on a Windows 10 drone SDK that will allow full flight control and data transfer between PCs running the operating system and the drones.

Together with DJI, Microsoft hopes to build life-changing solutions, such as applications that can help farmers produce more crops.

Microsoft has also updated its Bot Framework, which when combined with its new Cognitive Services updates, will enhance the next generation of conversational bots. Microsoft claims Project Brainwave makes Azure the fastest cloud to run real-time AI today.

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A technological marvel it may have been, but the Microsoft Kinect sensor failed to deliver on its promise to revolutionise the Xbox experience.

The company breezed through the announcement, but an image of the device showed a "megapixel sensor" with a wide field of view, onboard computing, and dual lasers for depth sensing at both near and close ranges.

For Visual Studio, Microsoft's integrated development environment, the new IntelliCode capability will provide "intelligent suggestions to improve code quality and productivity", and is now in preview. Microsoft brought most of the tech from Kinect to HoloLens, but now it's bringing some of Kinect's industry-defining tech to hardware developers too.

Deeper SharePoint integration into Microsoft Teams enables people to pin a SharePoint page directly into channels to enable deeper collaboration.

Microsoft introduced a set of technology experiences that addresses a more mobile workforce, including streamlining mobile Windows experiences across a variety of devices and platforms, as well as better blending web and app experiences.

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