Microsoft Build 2018 highlights: Azure IoT Edge, Cortana and Alexa integration, Mixed Reality applications and more announced

We expect announcements in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), with updates on Windows 10 and also information regarding Windows Mixed Reality

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  • 23:02 (IST)

    That is our coverage for Day 1 of the Microsoft Build 2018 Developer conference. Tomorrow we start coverage of another big event, which is Google I/O 2018. Thank you for joining us. Have a Good Night,

  • 23:00 (IST)

    AI for accessibility

    Microsoft has launched it AI for accessibility wherein the students can pick any language they choose to receive the information. For example, a person who is blind can receive directions on the go with a device that can fit in your pocket. Or a person who is mute can use the technology to communicate with other people. The Grant program is going to give researchers, NGOs, access to platform tech to help the billions of people in the world with disabilities.

  • 22:49 (IST)

    So it looks like Microsoft has organized some stretching exercises between Keynotes. Promotion of fitness maybe?

  • 22:43 (IST)

    Soundscape from Microsoft is enabling communications for disabled people


  • 22:38 (IST)

    Holo Lens integration with everyone

    This looks so cool! 

  • 22:33 (IST)

    Microsoft Teams AI feature

    Going to a team meeting at your office? Meet Microsoft's AI tool that tracks who is coming to a meeting, then takes real-time notes. Cortana and Alexa even identify key points and marks them separately. Also, there is real-time translation to anyone else who needs it. 

  • 22:30 (IST)

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    Raanah Amjadi has taken the stage to explain more about the products that are using Azure Mixed Reality and IoT and how they will help in a professional setting.

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Here's what Microsoft Layout will do

  • 22:23 (IST)

    Here's what the Remote Assist will do

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Mixed Reality

    2 new products for Mixed Reality announced called Microsoft remote assist and Microsoft layout. Remote assist will let them get experts in VR to solve problems faster. In Layout, users can visualise and interact with 3D models in real-world size and context.

  • 22:19 (IST)

    IoT and Microsoft

    Lorraine Bardeen takes the stage to explain about how the Microsoft Graph, Azure and Office 365 will change the computation world with real-time access of IoT. Microsoft's Holo Lens is a big part of this. 

  • 22:13 (IST)

    What do some people think about this Alexa and Cortana integration

  • 22:12 (IST)

    Cortana and Alexa

  • 22:09 (IST)

    Amazon and Microsoft working together

    Cortana and Alexa will be integrated together. Megan Saunders, from Cortana and Tom Taylor for Amazon Alexa, explain how Cortana and Alexa integration will be very helpful.


  • 22:05 (IST)

    Multi-Sense and Multi-device experience

    This is going to be implemented primarily on Microsoft Office 365 and on the AI assistant Cortana.

  • 22:02 (IST)

    Project Brainwave

    It is a distributed real-time AI fabric which is working with FPGA'a from Intel to bring lower latency real-time AI to the user and all developers will have access to it. Microsoft Edge will also be part of project Brainwave. Jabil has partnered with Microsoft for Project Brainwave

  • 21:58 (IST)

    What do people think about AI communication

  • 21:56 (IST)

    Azure Conversational AI

    New customizations for talking to chatbots are being introduced. you can communicate with chatbots as though they are human. You can also choose various trigger words to make it easy to communicate.

  • 21:53 (IST)

    Here is Microsoft's Project Kinect


  • 21:52 (IST)

    Project Kinect for Azure

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Microsoft new device for speech translation

    Speech devices SDK and Reference Kits have been launched by Microsoft. These are small speakers that can be used in various applications for language translations.

  • 21:49 (IST)

    Who is using Azure

    Azure is being used in the world by some of the biggest companies such as BMW, Coca-Cola, Twitter, NBA, KPMG and more. Huawei uses machine translation from Azure. Xiaomi uses machine learning and speech recognition of Azure for live language translation.

  • 21:46 (IST)

    Microsoft Azure features

  • 21:45 (IST)

    Satya Nadella is back on stage to explain a bit more about AI

    Microsoft's AI innovation

    2016- Object recognition

    2017 - Speech recognition

    2018 January - Machine reading recognition

    2018 March - Machine translation

  • 21:41 (IST)

    The DJI drone which is powered by the Azure IoT Edge

  • 21:39 (IST)

    A closer look at the Qualcomm powered camera which run Microsoft Azure locally

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Sam George explains about Azure Sphere

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    Microsoft is partnering with DJI, wherein the drone making company is launching an SDK on Windows 10 for letting developers build the software as they like. 

  • 21:32 (IST)

    Azure IoT Edge

    Azure IoT Edge will be open sourced for developers to run wild. 

  • 21:30 (IST)

    What is Ubiquitous computing?

  • 21:30 (IST)

    There are three layers in the world of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge

  • 21:29 (IST)

    Microsoft Azure

    Microsoft is focusing the most on Azure and Office 365 and improving them both. How are they doing this? Microsoft Azure is being built as a ubiquitous world computer. Azure already is active in 70 plus regions around the world. Azure is going to consist of the Azure, Azure Stack, Azure IoT Edge and Azure Sphere and all of them will be supporting Microsoft's new business model.

  • 21:26 (IST)

    Ethical AI

    Microsoft is working continuously on Ethical AI. The company has been working with various industries to bring the best qualities of AI to the world. 

  • 21:24 (IST)

    Microsoft mission

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    We need to ask what computer should do Quote by Nadella,

  • 21:22 (IST)

    Microsoft Pillars

    Microsoft is built on three pillars says Satya. The first is Privacy. Microsoft believes that the user needs to be in control of their data at all times. He is also praising the new European GDPR act which comes into effect soon to protect the online privacy of European citizens. The second is Cybersecurity. Microsoft has recently made a software to preserve the national security. 

  • 21:19 (IST)

    Nadella quotes Hans Jonas

    Technology is shaping all aspects of our society + economy.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Satya Nadella's philosophy about the modern world

    Satya Nadella explains how big an impact the computer has had on the productivity of today's world. He explains that the Industrial revolution was the stepping stone towards the modern world and now the entire world is turning into a big computer. Every industry has now become computerized and the sheer computing power being distributed needs to grow and empower the world.

  • 21:13 (IST)

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is taking the stage at Build 2018.

  • 21:12 (IST)

    Bill Gates talking about Apple stock??? "That is the new Microsoft for you" says Satya. Not sure what he means though.

  • 21:11 (IST)

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has taken the stage.

  • 21:10 (IST)

    Microsoft for Younger audiences and Startups

    Today developers from over 70 countries have come to this years Build. The youngest developers are aged just 10 and 12. Microsoft has launched its cloud computing platform Azure for students and universities. so that young minds can innovate. Microsoft for startups has been launched where 500 million USD has been invested to help startups grow. Till date, Microsoft has gotten 2.3 billion in revenue from its startup innovation.

  • 21:04 (IST)

    The Agenda

    Microsoft's Build 2018 is going to create a clear vision of where Microsoft is going as a company and also as an Industry.  Today we shall know more about Azure and Microsoft Edge. Tomorrow will be focused on Microsoft 360 Office Suite. 

  • 21:02 (IST)

    Charlotte Yarkoni, CVP Growth, and Ecosystem of Microsoft has taken the stage

  • 21:00 (IST)

    The show is about to begin....

  • 20:54 (IST)

    We are about to begin in 5 minutes.

  • 20:32 (IST)

    Microsoft Azure

    Much of Microsoft’s recent growth has been fueled by its cloud computing business Azure. As per Reuters, Azure recorded a revenue growth of 93 percent in the third quarter ending on March 31. We should expect some more news about Azure and Microsoft's plans to dethrone the current largest cloud service provider, Amazon Web Services.

  • 20:27 (IST)

    Windows Mixed Reality

    Microsoft will be giving us more updates regarding Mixed Reality which only recently launched at the end of 2017. We did see a few launches from PC manufacturers like Asus, Dell, Acer, Samsung and HP, we have yet to hear about any developments on this front. 

  • 20:11 (IST)

    Microsoft will be running a live stream of the event on its official website and YouTube channel. 

    You can check out the live stream here

    The YouTube link has been embedded below.

Microsoft's annual developer event 'Build' is scheduled to start 9.00 pm IST.

Microsoft Build 2018

Microsoft Build 2018

As was the case last year, the 2018 edition of 'Build’ is expected to be an event for developers and users alike where Microsoft will present its vision for the future. The company is expected to focus solely on developers, with CEO Satya Nadella shedding light on where every one of Microsoft’s products is headed.

We expect announcements in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), with updates on Windows 10 and also information regarding Windows Mixed Reality and Microsft's cloud platform Azure.

For those interested in knowing about the workshops and sessions to be held between 7 and 9 May, you can head here for the complete schedule and tune in accordingly.

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