Today in Seattle, Microsoft kicked off its annual developer conference, Build. Build is a appointment by developers, and for developers, so we don’t get the consumer-facing technology at the same scale as other dev events, like those from Google, Facebook, and Apple, but we still have plenty of cool stuff to talk about.

Here’s what you missed.

Windows 10 hits a major milestone

Microsoft originally set the goal of extensive 1 billion accessories by mid-2018, a goal it appears absurd to hit. That’s not to say growth is stagnant, as the aggregation has now added over 100 actor users since hitting 400 actor back in September. Hitting a billion in just over a year, however, seems unlikely.

PowerPoint, now with translation

PowerPoint now appearance a plugin acceptance for burning adaptation of your slide deck. The addendum leverages Microsoft’s Adaptation APIs to construe your content, on-the-fly, into 10 languages in real time: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Better, the plugin also generates captions in the adapted accent for those with audition difficulties.

For the 100 actor Office 365 users worldwide, this avant-garde new adaptation tool should prove to be a boon to the business community. With PowerPoint being the most-used appliance for carrying these sorts of presentations, the adeptness to write a presentation in English, in San Francisco, and use the same presentation — after able adaptation — in Beijing, is really exceptional of.

Keeping workplaces safe with AI

Andrea Carl, Director of Commercial Communications at Microsoft today demoed how smart AI could one day make the abode safer. Using the Azure stack, Azure IoT Edge, Microsoft Cognitive Services, and specialty cameras, to detail how bogus intelligence could one day save lives by admiration accidents — and alerting you to these possibilities — before they happen.

In the demo, Carl showed how a jackhammer, when stored continuing up, against a bench, was a abeyant blow in wait. The AI accustomed this hazard, and alerted a nearby worker that the auger was being stored incorrectly. He then laid it down on its side, a much safer way to store the tool.

Next, we saw Carl pull up all non-employees on a job site. Using facial recognition, the AI accustomed those in the system as employees, and pulled those it didn’t have a record for anyone (with access) requesting the information. From there, Carl could see the new hire, add a contour for her to the system, and set permissions for what she’s accustomed to do — like handle a jackhammer. If an crooked person is administration a piece of heavy machinery, the system alerts nearby employees.

The implications here are incredible, and it’s not hard to see how this could make architecture sites, accomplishment facilities, and any number of other alarming jobs safer.

Opening up Cortana

After able it back in December, Microsoft today delivered on its affiance to allow developers to create new skills for Cortana. These skills allow Cortana to listen for, and understand, new commands on any device able of active it — hubs, mobile devices, or laptops.

Better, Microsoft says developers can reuse a lot of the code they’ve created for Alexa, or the Microsoft Bot Framework.

With 141 actor people using Cortana, developers have a lot of action to create some really cool new functionality for Microsoft’s smart AI assistant.

Microsoft releases Visual Studio for macOS to everyone

After first able it back in November, today Microsoft appear Visual Studio was rolling out to the accepted public (it was aforetime in preview). The absolution is an important one, as it signifies Microsoft’s vision to support developers, no matter where they write code. It follows up the absolution of a Linux terminal on Windows last year.

Visual Studio is a accepted IDE, and although it’s about been used for Windows apps, it’s making huge strides to work on mobile (with the accession of Xamarin), and now other desktop platforms like macOS and Linux.

Azure goes mobile

Principal Program Manager Scott Hanselman today took to the stage in Seattle to advertise the major updates to Microsoft’s cloud accretion platform.

One of the most agitative of these announcements was the absolution of two new mobile apps — iOS and Android — to help manage applications using Azure. It’s absurd you’ll be doing a lot of dev work with a mobile app, but the adeptness to check real-time analytics and error reporting, as well as restarting and accessories basic machines gives devs a top-down view of all they need to know, while on the go.

Which, as Hanselman said, should in no way impact claimed relationships.

Build AI models in minutes

AI will assuredly agitate entire industries over the coming years, and some of the background is already in place. One of the tools worth accepting aflame about is Microsoft’s Cognitive Services.

Typically, training an AI models takes days (sometimes weeks or months) even for almost simple tasks. Today, Microsoft appear Custom Vision, a tool that lets you create adult computer vision applications with basal training. Creating your own custom vision API models now requires only a sample of training data — as few as a couple dozen accurate samples — to train the model. This could decidedly speed up development time, and help usher in a new world bedeviled by AI.

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