5 Key Microsoft Announcements At Build 2018

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Developing With Data And AI

Microsoft is also launching a number of new technologies for developers around making better use of data and AI in their solutions. Project Kinect for Azure is a package of sensors (including a next-generation depth camera) with on-board compute capabilities. The offering is aimed at bringing AI to solutions for the edge and will be available next year. A new Speech Devices SDK will provide improved audio processing for higher accuracy in speech recognition, while updates to Azure Cognitive Services will bring enhanced speech recognition and text-to-speech, as well. 

Updates to Microsoft's Bot Framework, used for integrating chatbots, will offer improved dialogues and customization of voices and personalities. And a new deep neural net processing architecture, dubbed Project Brainwave, is now available in preview on Azure and the edge, Microsoft said. 

Meanwhile, Microsoft's fast-growing Azure Cosmos DB is getting updates such as new multi-master capabilities (supporting cloud and edge) and enhanced security through the general availability of support for Microsoft's Virtual Network (VNet) service.

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