Microsoft Aims to Make IoT Plug and Play
…Azure SQL Database Edge is a containerized iteration of Azure SQL that runs in a small footprint on ARM and x64-based devices in both connected and offline environments.
The software is available in Docker, Kubernetes and Windows container environments and offers data streaming and time-series machine learning and graph capabilities for low-latency analytics. According to Microsoft’s White, partners can develop applications once with a common programming surface for Azure SQL Database, SQL Server on-premises and the new SQL Database Edge and will work with various business intelligence tools including PowerBI.
Also, at Build, Microsoft will showcase its HoloLens industrial grade mixed reality 3D headset. Microsoft has accelerated the HoloLens ecosystem over the past year with more than 20,000 developers working with its Mixed Reality Developer platform.
The company said it wants to triple the number of developers building for HoloLens in the coming 12 months and said it is expanding its Mixed Reality Developer Program to support that push with the launch of its HoloLens 2 Development Edition.
The new kit includes the HoloLens 2 headset, $500,000 in Azure credits for developers to build mixed reality prototypes and 3-month trials of real-time 3D development software from Unity Technolgies, specifically its Unity Pro and the Unity PiXYZ Plugin for Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and Building Information Management (BIM).
AI Cognitive Services
While the new IoT and endpoint capabilities showcased at Build will extend Microsoft’s AI and machine learning to the edge, the company will also deliver new capabilities to its Azure Cognitive Services portfolio for knowledge workers.
Microsoft is adding a new category to Azure Cognitive Services called Decision, which will make recommendations to end users. It will include a new service called Personalizer, which uses what Microsoft describes as reinforcement learning.
Additional updates to Azure Cognitive Services include Ink Recognizer to read individual handwriting Form Recognizer for automating data entry by extracting text and other data from documents and a new transcription capability in the company’s Speech Service.