Project Kinect for Azure combines AI and Microsoft's next-gen depth camera

A new initiative, Project Kinect for Azure - a package of sensors from Microsoft that contains our unmatched time of flight depth camera, with onboard compute, in a small, power-efficient form factor - designed for AI on the Edge.

Visual Studio IntelliCode is a new capability that enhances everyday software development with the power of AI. 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. Additionally, Adaptive Cards will be supported within Microsoft 365.

A preview of Project Brainwave, an architecture for deep neural net processing, is now available on Azure and on the edge.

Microsoft is also launching a number of new technologies for developers around making better use of data and AI in their solutions.

A Speech Devices SDK announced today delivers superior audio processing from multichannel sources for more accurate speech recognition, including noise cancellation, far-field voice and more.

The company has also teamed up with Qualcomm to launch an AI developer kit for on-device inferencing on the edge.

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Microsoft is also releasing an update for Visual Studio App Center (via TechCrunch).

Microsoft is aiming to open up new opportunities for developers in the Microsoft 365 platform, with a handful of announcements at Build 2018. "Using our new SDK, Windows developers will soon be able to employ drones, AI and machine learning technologies to create intelligent flying robots that will save businesses time and money, and help make drone technology a mainstay in the workplace".

Following the AI trend, Microsoft also announced a new effort called AI for Accessibility.

With the demo, the company is also seeking to show that Windows 10 PCs can work as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The company unveiled a new app, Your Phone, which will provide "a window into a user's phone right from their PC for seamless transition of content like messages, photos and notifications".

The Microsoft Launcher app on Android will support Enterprise customers, including line of business apps discovery and IT advisement on configuration.

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