Developing For The Intelligent Edge
Microsoft is seeking to advance its big push around the "intelligent edge" with a rollout of new capabilities and technologies for developers. To start, the company is open-sourcing the Azure IoT Edge Runtime to help provide improved modifying and debugging capabilities for edge applications. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Custom Vision service--which enables devices to recognize content in imagery--will now run on Azure IoT Edge. This will allow devices such as drones to take important actions without connecting to the cloud. The move represents the first Azure Cognitive Service to be extended to the edge with support for more services coming "over the next several months," Microsoft said.
In addition, Microsoft said that it's partnering with drone company DJI around a new SDK for Windows 10--to bring flight control and data transfer over Windows 10 devices--while Microsoft is also working with Qualcomm on a vision AI developer kit that will run Azure IoT Edge.