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Microsoft Announces New Tools & Services to Help Developers Build More Intelligent Apps, on Every Platform, for Every Platform

SEATTLE, USA, May 10, 2017 Satya Nadella, Scott Guthrie and Harry Shum welcomed thousands of developers to Seattle for Build 2017 — Microsoft’s annual developer conference. During his opening keynote, Nadella announced that Windows had reached 500 million Windows 10 monthly active devices and noted how — together — Windows, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Azure offer developers more than a billion opportunities to connect their innovations with Microsoft customers. Microsoft also announced new Azure data and cloud services to help developers quickly modernize their existing apps, new AI and Azure services that allow any developer to more easily build intelligent apps, with understanding and natural user interaction capabilities, and showcased new data, IoT edge and AI services built for a future with an intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

“In a world of near infinite compute power and an exponential growth in data, we are focused on empowering every developer to build applications for this new era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

A vision for more Intelligence – from the cloud to the edge.

Microsoft shared an early peek into innovations it’s bringing to bear to help every person and organization, achieve more.  In support of this vision Microsoft announced:

·         A preview of Azure IoT Edge, technology that extends the intelligence — and other benefits — of cloud computing to edge devices.

·         Extensions to the Microsoft Graph to combine insights from the world of work with device insights and contextual awareness of the physical world.

·         Technology that will allow you to search the real world in the same way you search the digital world, helping to keep your data safe and secure while making you more productive.

The cloud for every developer with tools to target any platform and device 

Microsoft showcased how it is meeting developers where they are, and helping them be more successful, with new Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio services and tools to help modernize existing applications and quickly build intelligent apps for all major platforms:

·         Introducing Azure Cosmos DB, built from the ground up to power planet-scale cloud services and data-intensive applications — from IoT to AI to mobile — with incredible performance, fault tolerance and support for every type of data, including graph. It is the industry’s first globally distributed, multi-model database service to deliver horizontal scale with guaranteed uptime, throughput, consistency and single-digit millisecond latency at the 99th percentile. Developers get incredible flexibility with the only schema-free database service, with support for popular NoSQL APIs, that also offers five well-defined consistency choices while auto-indexing all your data.

·         New MySQL- and PostgreSQL-managed services that join Azure SQL Database to give developers expanded choice and flexibility on a service platform that delivers high availability and scalability, with minimal downtime, and data retention and recovery.

·         An early preview of Microsoft’s new database migration services, which will allow Oracle and SQL Server customers to more easily move their data and quickly modernize their apps.

·         Azure SQL Database improvements:

– A new Managed Instance private preview, which offers customers SQL Server instance-level compatibility and makes it even easier for organizations to migrate existing SQL Server apps to Azure SQL Database.

– General availability of Threat Detection and preview of Graph support.

·         General availability of Visual Studio 2017 for Mac, which enables developers to work seamlessly across Windows and Mac environments with full support for mobile, web and cloud workloads, and previews of Docker tools, Azure Functions and Xamarin.IoT support.

·         Support for containers of nearly every type, on every platform, with the general availability of Windows Server Containers support in Azure Service Fabric, with Visual Studio tooling, and a preview of the ability to use Docker Compose support for Service Fabric to deploy containerized apps to Service Fabric — enabling developers to deliver mission-critical, scalable apps and services.

·         DocuSign supports a rapidly growing customer base of 300,000 companies and more than 200 million users across 188 countries. The company today announced Microsoft Azure is its preferred cloud for global expansion, starting in Canada. DocuSign uses Azure SQL Database to process enormous volumes of digital transactions.

New developer onramps to the world’s largest productivity platform  

With more than 100 million commercial monthly active users, Office 365 is where the world works.  Today Microsoft announced plans to better connect developers with Office 365 customers around the globe, including:

·         Any developer can now publish for Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Coming soon, apps in Teams will be more discoverable for end users through a new app experience. Developers can also add new capabilities to Teams apps, including third-party notifications in the activity feed, Compose Extensions and Actionable Messages.

·         Microsoft also made new Microsoft Graph APIs available to developers, including APIs from SharePoint and Planner. The Microsoft Graph gives developers access to Office 365 data and intelligence and helps connect the dots between people, conversations, projects, schedules, processes and content. These insights help developers build smarter apps, enabling smarter ways to work.

·         Developers and ISVs who host their production SaaS applications on Microsoft Azure and sign up through the Azure website can now have their apps’ data and workflow automatically extended to authorized Office 365 customers through standard connectors for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow. To help ISVs expand their business even further, Microsoft is also providing additional incentives to its sales force when they jointly co-sell eligible SaaS apps and services to enterprise customers.

AI to augment the capabilities of every developer, organization, platform and person  

Microsoft also highlighted its vision to amplify human ingenuity with intelligent technology, bringing AI to every developer through the unique combination of the Microsoft cloud and AI. New cognitive services, platform innovations in the Microsoft Bot Framework, advances in deep   learning tools, continued infusion of AI into the company’s products and services, and intelligent insights offered through the Microsoft Graph unlock this opportunity for developers and new growth scenarios for businesses. New announcements included the following:

·         The company added new services to the industry’s broadest offering of cognitive services and now 29 services for developers, with unique customization options. That enables developers to infuse off-the-shelf or custom intelligence capabilities such as vision, speech, language, knowledge and search into their app and bot experiences in any scenario. New services include Bing Custom Search, Custom Vision Service, Custom Decision Service and Video Indexer. A new PowerPoint add-in called Presentation Translator, which leverages Microsoft’s Translation APIs, was featured, allowing real-time translation to multiple languages during any presentation. The new Cognitive Services Labs were also launched, enabling developers to experiment with new services, such as a Gesture API, still in the early stages of development.

·         Using the new adaptive cards supported by the Microsoft Bot Framework, developers can write cards once that look great across multiple apps and platforms. Using the Bot Framework, developers can also now publish to new channels including Bing, Cortana and Skype for Business, and implement Microsoft’s payment request API for fast and easy checkout in their bots.

·         Azure Batch AI Training is a new Azure offering, available in private preview only that will allow developers and data scientists to configure an environment with parameters and run their models against multiple CPUs, multiple GPUs and eventually field-programmable gate arrays.

·         In addition to Harman Kardon’s Invoke intelligent speaker with Cortana, partnerships were also signed with HP on devices and Intel on reference platforms to deliver Cortana-enabled devices.

·         The Cortana Skills Kit is now in public preview. Developers can build skills for Cortana by creating a bot and publishing it to the new Cortana channel of the Bot Framework. This is available across Windows 10, Android, iOS and the new Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke speaker. The Cortana Skills kit is currently available in the U.S. only.

·         A demonstration was provided on how multiple Microsoft products and services, including Dynamics 365, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Cortana Skills, Microsoft Graph and Sentiment Analysis, will be integrated into Tact, the sales experience platform that turns any connected device into a AI-powered virtual sales assistant, later this year.

Project Emma – empowering people with Parkinson’s through machine learning

The Emma Watch was developed as part of a Documentary by Microsoft researchers Haiyan Zhang and Nicolas Villar. Their challenge was to work with Emma Lawton, 32-year-old designer diagnosed with Parkinson’s, unable to write or draw because of tremors in her hand.

The team developed a device, worn on the wrist that vibrates in a distinctive pattern to disrupt the feedback loop between brain and hand. Emma has been able to regain her ability to write with the aid of the Emma Watch and the Microsoft team is now working with a neuroscience research group to undertake trials for additional people with similar Parkinson’s symptoms. The aim of this additional research is to utilize machine learning technology to optimize and streamline function of this (and similar) devices to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Shows:

– GVsEvent Footage – Highlights of Build 2017 in Seattle

– Soundbites from Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

– Footage of Project Emma – The Emma Watch was developed by Microsoft researchers Haiyan Zhang and Nicolas Villar. Their challenge was to work with Emma Lawton, a 32 year old designer diagnosed with Parkinson’s, unable to write or draw because of tremors in her hand. The team developed a device, worn on the wrist that vibrates in a distinctive pattern to disrupt the feedback loop between brain and hand.

– Footage of how AI technology impacts workplace safety.

– Footage of the vision for Cortana – from your office to your car, and anywhere else you may be.

– Soundbite from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group.

– Soundbite from Harry Shum, Executive Vice President of the Artificial Intelligence and Research Group.

– Footage of Presentation Translator – The Presentation Translator is a PowerPoint add-in that leverages Microsoft

– Translation Services to create closed captioning, as well as real time translation during a PowerPoint

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update

REDMOND, USA – June 29, 2016 – Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming to Windows 10 devices for free on August 2.

Windows 10 continues to be the fastest growing version of Windows ever and is now running on more than 350 million devices.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has all-new breakthrough features that bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; all new gaming experiences and new tools for the modern classroom.

* Windows Ink: an all-new experience that brings the power of Windows to the tip of your pen, enables people to write on a device as they would do on paper. Integration with Office and other applications like Microsoft Edge and Maps bring the power of inking everywhere.

* Improvements to Cortana: the world’s most productive personal digital assistant gets even better with access above the lock screen, more ways to remember with the ability for Cortana to save and recall information, and synchronize across devices.

* An even better gaming experience: With Xbox Play Anywhere, gamers can buy a game once and play on a Windows 10 PC or Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and share achievements. Cortana is also now available on Xbox One to help gamers find great new games, see what friends are up to, start a party, accomplish common tasks, and turn on Xbox One by saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox On” if using Kinect.

* Increased power efficiency, extensions and accessibility with Microsoft Edge: The Anniversary Update includes even more power-saving improvements in Microsoft Edge, minimizing the impact of background activity on battery life.

* New Innovations for the Modern Classroom: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update also brings new innovations for the modern classroom, including faster, simpler set up with all new tools to help educators get up and running quickly.

* More security features in the Anniversary Update for the most secure Windows: The Anniversary Update brings two new security benefits for enterprise customers. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, designed to detect, investigate and respond to malicious attacks through expert advanced threat protection, including a team of security researchers at Microsoft; and Windows Information Protection to protect businesses from accidental data leaks by separating personal and organizational data where ever it goes.

Additional security improvements include Windows Hello secure and password-free sign-in to apps like iHeartRadio and websites using Microsoft Edge; and Windows Defender antimalware improvements with option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PC, providing summaries when scans are complete and notifications if scans find any threats. Additional assets can be found at Microsoft News Center and www.windows.com.

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New Era Of Intelligence Vision And Innovation Announced At Microsoft’s Build 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, USA — At Microsoft’s annual Build conference in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, shared the work Microsoft is doing to embrace the new era of conversational intelligence and create more personal computing for every customer, industry and business.

Nadella showcased improvements to Cortana and announced previews of new cloud services and toolkits designed to understand the world around us and create intelligent bots. Myerson announced that Windows 10 is now running on more than 270 million active devices and unveiled the free Windows 10 Anniversary Update available to Windows 10 customers this summer, featuring new innovations including Windows Ink, Cortana, Windows Hello and gaming.

“As an industry, we are on the cusp of a new frontier that pairs the power of natural human language with advanced machine intelligence,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we call this Conversations as a Platform, and it builds on and extends the power of the Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows platforms to empower developers everywhere.”

Introducing Cloud Services that Understand, Interactive Bots and the Cortana Intelligence Suite

The Cortana Intelligence Suite (CIS) is powered by cutting-edge research into big data, machine learning, perception, analytics and intelligent bots. Built on Microsoft Azure, these capabilities can be used by developers and businesses to create intelligent end-to-end solutions, including new apps that learn about our world, and bots and agents that interact with people in personalized, intelligent ways.

Microsoft announced new additions to the CIS Today, in preview.

Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of intelligence APIs that allow systems to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication.

Microsoft Bot Framework can be used by developers — programming in any language — to build intelligent bots that enable customers to chat using natural language on a wide variety of platforms including text/SMS, Office 365, Skype, Slack, the Web and more.

Microsoft demonstrated how developers can use these services to transform people’s lives. Seeing AI, a research project under development, shows how these new capabilities can help people who are visually impaired or blind better understand who and what is around them.

Microsoft also released today the Skype Bot Platform, which includes the SDK, API and Workflows all in the new Skype Bot Portal. With this platform, developers can build bots that leverage Skype’s multiple forms of communication, including text, voice, video and 3-D interactive characters.

New Windows Innovations Deliver More Personal Computing and Opportunities for Developers

Myerson announced that the company will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for free to all Windows 10 customers this summer, delivering significant new innovations for consumers and developers on the Universal Windows Platform, including:

An all-new Windows Ink experience allows you to write on your device as you do on paper, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and easily share your analog thoughts in the digital world.

New Cortana features enable you to receive proactive guidance from Cortana throughout the day and speak with Cortana, even while your device is locked1, without logging in.

News Windows Hello features extend the security of Windows 10 to multiple devices and to Microsoft Edge, so you can log into your devices and websites with enterprise-grade security.

Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in Windows history with over 270 million active devices, outpacing Windows 7 by 145 percent. Customers have spent more time in Windows 10 than ever before – over 75 billion hours since its launch.

The company also shipped Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition for the first time, extending the Windows experience to holograms and allowing developers to begin helping build the future of holographic computing. Microsoft highlighted commercial customers in several industries who are using HoloLens today, including Case Western Reserve University and NASA.

Other announcements from today include:

All-new capabilities for the Universal Windows Platform including full access to Cortana’s proactive intelligence and the Windows 10 Anniversary SDK – available today – offering all-new APIs and tools to integrate the latest Windows 10 innovations into apps, including Windows Ink and Windows Hello.

With the Xbox retail dev kit, any Xbox One can be a developer kit, enabling anyone to develop for the living room.

Microsoft Empowers Windows, iOS, Android, Mac & Linux Developers To Reach Billions Of New Customers

At its annual developer conference, Microsoft announces the empowerment for Windows, iOS, Android, Mac and Linux developers with new toolkits, tools, cloud and productivity services designed to allow them to reach billions of new customers.
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Story: SAN FRANCISCO – April 29, 2015 – Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced new toolkits that will help developers bring their code for web, .NET, Win32, Android and iOS to Windows 10. At its annual developer conference, Microsoft also announced new Microsoft Azure data services for intelligent applications; Visual Studio and .NET tools and runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux; and APIs that enable developers to build rich apps with Office 365.
Windows 10 Offers Developers Unique Scale and Innovation OpportunitiesNew toolkits will enable more developers to reach Windows 10 customers, using one universal Windows Store and one codebase for all Windows 10 devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Microsoft HoloLens, Surface Hub, and, soon, Xbox One and Raspberry Pi. These toolkits will enable developers to bring their code for web, .NET, Win32, iOS and Android to Windows Store in Windows 10 with minimal code modifications.

 

Windows Store will offer a single unified experience for Windows 10 customers across devices and make finding great content easier than ever – across apps, games, music, video and other content. Transactions will take advantage of a range of popular payment options including; carrier billing through 88 mobile operator billing connections, credit cards, AliPay, gift cards and even Bitcoin. USA Today, WeChat, Disney, NASA, Netflix and Twitter are a few of the partners referenced in the keynote already building apps for the Windows Store.

 

The company also showcased innovations with the new Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge (formerly code named “Project Spartan”); demonstrated how Continuum will let people use their phones as PCs for productivity through easy connections to a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, or entertainment via connection to big screen experiences*; and announced Cortana integration into apps.
Showcasing the overall breadth of the Windows opportunity for developers, the company declared its ambition to have one billion active Windows 10+ devices in its FY18.

 
Microsoft shared the progress it has made in fewer than 100 days since unveiling Microsoft HoloLens – the world’s first untethered holographic computer powered by Windows 10 – and showcased how customers like Trimble, Case Western and Cleveland Clinic are using this innovative new technology.

 

Azure and Visual Studio Help Developers Build Intelligent Apps on Multiple Platforms and Devices

Microsoft previewed Azure SQL Database elastic databases which offer ISV’s and developers the ability to price and scale elastically across large pools of databases so they can cost effectively offset resource consumption.  To help developers manage massive datasets Microsoft released a preview of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, the industry’s first enterprise-class cloud data warehouse that can grow, shrink, or pause in seconds.  Microsoft also introduced Azure Data Lake, an open and massively scalable data repository that supports petabyte size files and provides high speed integration with Azure HDInsight, Azure Machine Learning, Cloudera and Hortonworks to quickly derive insights from vast amounts of data.

To help every developer be more productive, Microsoft announced new best-in-class tools and runtimes for multiple platforms and devices. In preview on Windows, Mac and Linux, Visual Studio Code is a free code-focused editor optimized for web and cloud applications. Furthering its work with open source and .NET communities, Microsoft released a preview of the .NET Core for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate, which makes it easier for developers to build and deploy applications to Windows, Linux, iOS and Android platforms.

 

Office gives developers opportunities to reach more users and build intelligent solutions

Microsoft introduced more ways for developers to reach 1.2 billion Office users, including the new Office Graph API, expanded add-in capabilities for the iPad and Outlook, and unified APIs. The Office Graph API allows customers and developers to access, add to, and build with the Office Graph, an intelligent store of Office 365 user, service and relationship data. Unified APIs across OneNote, Outlook and OneDrive, combined with the Office Graph will enable developers to help consumers and organizations take advantage of some of their most valuable and useful data.

Shows: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (APRIL 29, 2015) (WAGGENER EDSTROM COMMUNICATIONS FOR MICROSOFT – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITES) (English) SATYA NADELLA, MICROSOFT, CEO, SAYING:
Bite #1 – “It is our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.”

Bite #2 – “Windows 10 represents a new generation of Windows built for an era of more personal computing, from Rasperi Pi to the Holographic computer, where the mobility of the experience is what matters not the mobility of the device.”

Bite #3 – “We are opening up the office user experience for all of your applications in fundamental ways.”

Bite #4 – (a demor on stage with Satya, not Satya’s voice here) – “So here is an add in that Uber has built that I can set an uber ride reminder to show up ahead of time and make sure I get to where I need to go.”

Bite #5 – “This fundamental platform shift of Office, where the users, the one billion plus users of Office are available for you as developers. The symantically rich graph that is available for you to consume and extend and to drive additional engagement through intelligence we believe is going to change the very fundamental nature of what Office is.”

Bite #6 – “At the core of our company is empowerment, empowering us all.”

2. (SOUNDBITES) (English) TERRY MYERSON, EVP, OPERATING SYSTEMS GROUP, SAYING:

Bite #1 – “Now the third technology I am announcing today will enable developers to reuse nearly all of the Java and C ++ code from an Android Phone app to create apps for phones running Windows 10.”

Bite #2 – “So today we are announcing that you will be able to compile the same objective c code that’s being used in iOS applications within Visual Studio or on Windows.”

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOE BELFIORE, CVP, OPERATING SYSTEMS GROUP, SAYING:
Bite #1 – (sign comes up that reads Microsoft Edge) (clapping) – “Microsoft Edge is the browser built for Windows 10 and it will be available on the widest range of Windows 10 devices and for us the name refers to the idea of being on the edge of consuming and creating.”

4. (SOUNDBITES) (English) ALEX KIPMAN, TECHNICAL FELLOW, MICROSOFT, SAYING:

Bite #1 – “Windows Holographic embraces this notion of experiencing life in three dimensions, by mixing digital content right into your world right into your life.”

Bite #2 – (this isn’t Alex, it’s someone demoing on stage with him) – “So all I need to say is follow me , now wherever I go in my house my entertainment tags along.”

Bite #3 – (not Alex, same demo person) – “I simply place it and I can scale it as big as I want (clapping).”

Bite #4 – (not Alex, demo person on stage) – “B15 wake up, say hello to the real B15, because every Windows 10 device has APIs for human and environment understanding.”

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTT GUTHRIE, EVP, CLOUD AND ENTERPRISE GROUP, SAYING:
Bite #1 – “The opportunity to build applications that can change the world has never been greater. Each of you now has access to cloud resources that were unimaginable just a few years ago. There’s never been a better time to be a developer.”

6. B-ROLL

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