DJI And Microsoft Partner To Bring Advanced Drone Technology To The Enterprise

At Build 2018 today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled Project Kinect for Azure. The Azure Kubernetes Service will also be offered for Azure IoT Edge, the company said.

The Microsoft Build 2018 is similar to developers events organised by companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple but the differentiation is that there is likely to be a lot of focus on live coding onstage. Additionally, DJI has chosen to make Azure its "preferred cloud provides" for its commercial drone and software services. Expect Microsoft to showcase new technologies, which just like AI are not only to do with developers and apps, but those that cater to industrial setups as well.

While Microsoft is making a public push with FPGAs, Burger wouldn't say if the company is also following Google's lead in building its own chips to accelerate AI workloads in data centers.

The chips will initially be available within Microsoft's Azure machine learning service for 42 cents an hour.

According to Sam George, the director of Microsoft's Azure IoT engineering program, the SDK will allow "any Azure developer using Azure machine learning can develop AI models and deploy them to their drones". There will be also be support for deeper SharePoint integration in Teams and the ability to view Power BI Visualizations in Excel. Keep in mind that developers need to update their apps to support Timeline, so not every Windows app that is also available on Android will be visible on Timeline. The new deal will come to developers later this year with a new developer agreement.

The packaging of products like Your Phone and the company's Android launcher are apps that deliver value to those that are "all-in" in the Microsoft ecosystem but the company does not have an easy way to market these benefits. Microsoft is developing a "Your Phone" experience which will allow you to access data on your phone from your PC, so you'll be able to access your text messages, or quickly drag a photo from your phone to your PC as well.

Microsoft is targeting makers of in-car and/or in-home assistants, smart speakers and other voice-enabled devices with a new Speech Devices software development kit (SDK) that is aimed at providing audio processing from multi-channel sources for more accurate speech recognition, far-field voice, noise cancellation and more.

  • Fernando Stephens