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

Microsoft has taken the wraps off Project Kinect for Azure today at Build 2018, its annual developer event, and if you thought uses for the fiendishly clever depth-sensing camera began and ended with Xbox gaming, think again. In addition, Microsoft is now offering Kubernetes support for Azure IoT Edge devices.

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.

Building on our shared commitment to developers and open source, Microsoft announced a new partnership with GitHub that brings the power of Azure DevOps services to GitHub customers.

Elsewhere, Microsoft is bringing its speech recognition tech to developers with the new Speech Devices SDK.

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Another edge initiative announced at Build was Custom Vision being able to run on Azure IoT Edge. Through this developers can create camera-based IoT solutions by using Azure services and hardware from Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform and AI Engine. Also now in preview is the Live Share feature for Visual Studio, which makes it simpler for developers to collaborate with fellow team members in real time. 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 era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us", said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. It includes Microsoft's "most advanced" time-of-flight sensor (used for 3D imaging) and some other new sensors.

DJI, the world's biggest drone company, is partnering with Microsoft to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs, and it has also selected Azure as its preferred cloud provider to further its commercial drone and SaaS solutions.

But an even more dramatic development will be the ability to actually see content that lives in your phone right on a desktop window on the PC.

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