When comes to machine learning and artificial intelligence, it’s no longer a question of how to deliver it. The question now is how to get developers and enterprises to use AI and machine learning.It’s not been long since machine learning was the province of research labs. In fact, the first time I talked to Microsoft about its deep-learning machine learning work was a conversation about that basic research back in 2014 with Peter Lee, now Microsoft Research’s leader for AI.Back then, Skype Translator and Cortana were Microsoft’s first machine learning-powered applications. Now, machine learning tools are everywhere, with Azure’s machine learning platform the flagship service and the Cognitive Services Toolkit a quick on-ramp to machine learning, with prebuilt models for common scenarios like image recognition. Those same services also power Microsoft’s conversational user experiences, through its Bot Framework. It’s even in your databases, … [Read more...] about For developers, Microsoft’s AI future gets a foundation
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Xamarin, which allows C# and .NET developers to built native Android and iOS apps, is now bundled with all versions of Visual Studio. Yes, that includes the free Community Edition — and Microsoft announced a Community Edition will be available on OS X, too.The move, announced at Microsoft’s Build developer’s conference in San Francisco, happens just one month after Microsoft bought Xamarin. It means developers can in theory build Windows, Android, and iOS apps using the same codebase.This announcement also shores up an apparent hole in Microsoft’s development plan that appeared since last BUILD. In 2015, the company announced plans for an Android development bridge (code named “Project Astoria”), but it never materialized.Xamarin, before the Microsoft buyout, offered a free version of its software, but the free version was limited to small executables. Most developers needed to buy an expensive license to seriously use the software, meaning … [Read more...] about Developers cheer as Microsoft takes Xamarin cross-platform development free, open-source
Microsoft has laid out a road map for its Visual Studio developer tools and the .NET framework through 2005, promising developer productivity gains, built-in community support, simplified data access and better security, among other improvements.Specifically, the Redmond, Washington-based software company outlined the next version of Visual Studio -– code name "Whidbey" -– slated for release in 2004. It will feature increased SQL Server support, enhancements to class libraries, improved architectural support and better mobile application development tools.Microsoft also plans a new version of Visual Studio .NET to coincide with its new Windows operating system, known as Longhorn, that will be released in 2005. The company said this version -- code-named "Orcas" -- will support managed interfaces, enhanced security, a new development model, integrated data storage and innovations in presentation and media.With these updates, Microsoft is focusing on making its development … [Read more...] about Microsoft Sets Course for Visual Studio and .NET
The latest BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, Vol. 27, provides a roundtable discussion and dissection of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)-related news and events with a panel of IT analysts and experts.Please join noted IT industry analysts and experts Jim Kobielus, principal analyst at Current Analysis; Neil Macehiter, principal analyst at Macehiter Ward-Dutton; and Joe McKendrick, an independent analyst and blogger, for our most recent discussion, which is hosted and moderated by myself, Dana Gardner.In this episode, our group examines the recent Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference. The debate centers on whether the news around the pending Oslo approach amounts to support for SOA or Microsoft-Oriented Architecture (MOA) instead.Is this yet another elevation of the COM/DCOM (Component Object Model/Distributed Component Object Model) wars, or is Microsoft moving to a federated modeling of business process value, one that may leapfrog other SOA vendors products and … [Read more...] about PODCAST Is Microsoft Hijacking SOA?
Microsoft this week announced at its Connect conference in New York City an expansion of its developer tools with a focus on Linux, Android and open source.The move is an effort to help close the gap between Microsoft's developer platforms and the open source world.The programs involve free access for developers who are just getting started, a new subscription to Microsoft services, a marketplace for extensions, updates to .NET, and the renaming of Visual Studio Online."The role of developers has changed a lot in the last five to seven years," said John Montgomery, director of program management for Microsoft.One key change -- bring your own device in enterprises -- requires developers to be able to target iOS and Android phones alongside Windows desktops, he told LinuxInsider. Also, a lot of Microsoft Azure cloud development is happening on Linux.The Visual Studio lineup is adapting to this changing landscape. Microsoft is making it easier for developers to use a familiar, powerful … [Read more...] about Microsoft Doubles Down on Open Source