Build 2018: Everything Microsoft announced for its cloud service, Azure

The Microsoft Launcher app will also support Timeline for cross-device app launching. This will allow devices such as drones to take important actions without connecting to the cloud. The edge devices, in this case, are on-premises servers that can act as Azure IoT Edge devices.

DJI and Microsoft have announced a new strategic partnership to bring forward a new software development kit (SDK) to Windows that will allow for full flight control of commercial drones.

Microsoft says it has a new Kinect device in the works, with some new sensors and plenty of computing power on board. The offering is aimed at bringing AI to solutions for the edge and will be available next year.

New Azure Cognitive Services updates include a unified Speech service with improved speech recognition and text-to-speech, which support customized voice models and translation.

Azure, if you're not familiar, is Microsoft's cloud computing service, and the star of Microsoft's show this year. One notable update is that the company is patterning up with GitHub, to help developers automate their DevOps processes from right within the service without ever leaving GitHub.

Monday at Microsoft Build 2018, Microsoft Corp.'s annual developer conference, Microsoft leaders showcased new technologies to help every developer be an AI developer, on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and across any platform. Azure services will be a big component to the developer platform, powering the machine learning, stream analytics and cognitive services - all of which can be downloaded from the cloud to run locally on the edge (aka non-connected AI). Microsoft also announced that SharePoint is being integrated to a deeper level with Teams - so that users can pin a SharePoint page into channels, for instance.

The firm also unveiled Windows Machine Learning, which it described in a press release as "a new platform that enables developers to easily develop machine learning models in the intelligent cloud and then deploy them offline and in high performance to the PC platform".

This is the second year in a row that Microsoft has held its conference in Seattle, not far from its Redmond, Washington headquarters.

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