Microsoft says a powerful new Kinect hardware is coming in 2019

Shilpa Ranganathan general manager of Windows Mobility Experience for Microsoft shows off the new Your Phone app

Elsewhere, Microsoft is bringing its speech recognition tech to developers with the new Speech Devices SDK. "We also have a responsibility as a tech industry to build trust in technology".

Microsoft Edge is a redesigned version of Internet Explorer. The program comprises grants, technology investments and expertise, and will also incorporate AI for Accessibility innovations into Microsoft Cloud services. "Today on an iPhone or iPad, Microsoft Edge browsing sessions are included in the Timeline experience on a Windows 10 PC", Microsoft said in a press release. IoT Edge, as well as Windows 10 IoT and Azure Machine Learning, will also soon support hardware-accelerated model evaluation with DirextX 12 GPU, which is available in virtually every modern Windows PC. Kubernetes support is an obvious one and a smart addition, given that it will allow developers to build Kubernetes clusters that can span both the edge and a more centralized cloud.

IoT Edge is also getting a number of other updates that don't directly involve machine learning.

The new Project Kinect for Azure reintroduces the sensor with a brand new objective; it is designed for AI developers to create tools on the cloud-based Azure platform. Microsoft says the cameras will be able to run Azure services including machine learning and cognitive services by downloading them and running them locally, without a connection to the cloud.

Joe Belfiore corporate vice president of Windows 10 at Microsoft
Joe Belfiore corporate vice president of Windows 10 at Microsoft

With Microsoft Remote Assist, customers can collaborate remotely with heads-up, hands-free video calling, image sharing, and mixed-reality annotations.

The announcements cover three key development areas- Azure Kubernetes Service, Visual Studio IntelliCode. IoT Edge is a collection of tools that brings AI, Azure services and custom apps to IoT devices.

Microsoft has announced new and updated Teams APIs that provide access to the company's Graph which will allow developers to create localized and intelligent experiences based on the usages of the application.

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