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

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

The company has partnered with drone maker DJI to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft on Monday kicked off its annual developer's conference, Build 2018 in Seattle.

Microsoft may have killed its Xbox Kinect video game sensor in 2017, but the body-tracking device has since been reborn as a business tool. The edge devices, in this case, are on-premises servers that can act as Azure IoT Edge devices.

Microsoft has also updated its Bot Framework, which when combined with its new Cognitive Services updates, will enhance the next generation of conversational bots.

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DJI's new SDK for Windows empowers developers to build native Windows applications that can remotely control DJI drones including autonomous flight and real-time data streaming. 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. The CEO highlighted the fact that Microsoft's cloud competitors finance their cloud computing businesses with revenue generated from other ventures such as retail and advertising, which may run counter to the interests of business customers. In addition, Microsoft said that the Visual Studio App Center has now been integrated with GitHub to allow developers to more easily automate their DevOps processes. It has been almost one full year since it revealed that number and Microsoft has announced at its Build 2018 developers' conference today that Windows 10 now powers nearly 700 million devices across the globe. "As developers, your UWP will work with Sets from the start, helping to keep your customers engaged", said Microsoft in a statement. 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".

Microsoft today announced that it will be bringing Windows Timeline to its iOS Edge Browser later this year.

On Android, the Redmond-based software major is taking advantage of Microsoft Launcher app to bring the feature. A feature called Timeline tracks what you're doing and lets you find that information later.

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