Microsoft Kinect is back and this time it's all about AI


At Build 2018 today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled Project Kinect for Azure.

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

Microsoft also used their Build conference to announce an updated Microsoft Launcher application for Android. The company announced at Build that it will open-source the Azure IoT Edge Runtime, a move the company says is created to help customers modify the runtime to customize applications. The company says that connected smart devices are taking over homes and businesses globally with over 20 billion devices expected by 2020.

Microsoft has also announced that users will be able to access Timeline on an iPhone with Microsoft Edge. The SDK will bring full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities to almost 700M Windows 10 connected devices globally. In addition, Microsoft is now offering Kubernetes support for Azure IoT Edge devices. And a new deep neural net processing architecture, dubbed Project Brainwave, is now available in preview on Azure and the edge, Microsoft said. It can input fully articulated hand tracking and high-fidelity spatial mapping, enabling a new level of precision solutions.

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.

The above quote came from a Monday press release introducing some of the newest features that Microsoft believes will help developers take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI). Also, Microsoft Layout will let users more easily create spaces within mixed reality.

Microsoft has announced a new feature that's going to bring Windows a little bit closer to macOS. Generally available in the coming weeks, AKS integrates with developer tools and workspaces, DevOps capabilities, networking, monitoring tools, and more in the Azure portal, so developers can write code, not stitch services together.