Microsoft announced an extensive set of tools and capabilities for developers to further democratize AI.
- AI for Accessibility: A new US$25 million, five-year program aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capabilities for more than 1 billion people around the world with disabilities. The program comprises of grants, technology investments and expertise, and will also incorporate AI for Accessibility innovations into Microsoft Cloud services.
- Partnership with DJI: Microsoft is partnering with the world’s biggest drone company to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs. DJI has also selected Azure as its preferred cloud provider to further its commercial drone and SaaS solutions. The SDK will bring full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities to nearly 700M Windows 10 connected devices globally.
- Joint effort with Qualcomm Technologies Inc: The two companies will work together to create a vision AI developer kit running Azure IoT Edge. This solution makes available the key hardware and software required to develop camera-based IoT solutions.
- Project Kinect for Azure: Combining Microsoft’s industry-defining Time of Flight sensor with additional sensors all in a small, power-efficient form factor, Project Kinect for Azure will leverage the richness of Azure AI to empower new scenarios for developers working with ambient intelligence. It can input fully articulated hand tracking and high-fidelity spatial mapping, enabling a new level of precision solutions.
- Microsoft is enabling any developer to reach and engage new audiences with Sets, an easier way to organize your information and get back to what you were doing. With Sets, what belongs together stays together, making it easier and faster to create and be productive. For developers, UWP will work with Sets from the start, helping to keep customers engaged.
- Adaptive Cards now supported within Microsoft 365 enable developers to create rich, interactive content in messages coming from their apps, bots or services into Teams and Outlook. As a result, people can approve expense reports or comment on an issue in GitHub directly within a Teams chat, or even pay bills directly in email.
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