Azure announcements from Microsoft Build 2017

microsoft build 2017

Microsoft Build (often stylized as //build/) is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software engineers and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft Technologies. This year’s conference was conducted in Seattle, WA from May 10 to May 12.

Unlike the previous year which concentrated mainly on Visual Studio & .Net Core, Microsoft this time concentrated mainly on AI and Azure Services. This blog provides a compilation of all the Azure announcements from the 3-day event.

Azure IoT Edge

Azure IoT Edge

IoT Edge provides easy orchestration between code and services, so they flow securely between cloud and edge to distribute intelligence across IoT devices. This leverages on Azure Stream Analytics, Microsoft Cognitive Services, and Azure Machine learning to create more advanced IoT solutions with less time and effort.

To get more info on Azure IoT Edge please click here or check out the video on channel9.

Azure Batch AI Training

On Wednesday Microsoft announced a new service called Azure Batch AI training. It uses Azure to train deep neural networks, which means that now it is possible for developers to train their AI without having to worry about hardware.

To get more info on Azure Batch AI Training please click here.

Azure Cloud Shell

Azure Cloud Shell

Microsoft has put a huge investment on Command line interface. Now you can use Azure Cloud shell from inside the azure portal!! Yes, you heard me right; now Azure portal has real bash command line interface. It is also preloaded with Azure CLI, so that you can directly use commands like azure vm list right from the portal.

Azure cloud shell is still in preview mode please click here to find more information on Azure Cloud Shell.

MySQL and PostgresSQL on Azure

mySQL and postgreSQL

With this support now developers will be able to use their favourite databases on Azure. Developers will surely appreciate this, since more options means more flexibility.

Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL services are built on the intelligent, trusted and flexible Azure relational database platform. This platform extends similar managed services benefits like Global Azure region reach, and innovations that currently power Azure SQL database and Azure SQL Data warehouse services to the MySQL and PostgreSQL database engines.

Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB

It’s Microsoft’s first globally distributed, multi-model database. Azure Cosmos DB enables you to elastically and independently scale throughput and storage across any number of Azure’s geographic regions.

To find more information on Azure Cosmos DB please click here.

Cognitive Services

Microsoft also announced new cognitive services on top of the 25 existing ones. These new services include a machine vision service, a Bing-based search engine powered by AI, a video indexer, and a new online lab where more experimental services may be unveiled.

Check out this page to find all the available cognitive services in Azure Platform.

Conclusion

And that’s actually all of it! Since Microsoft Build is a developer conference most of the feature announcement targeted developers, but these will probably influence the future of AI, since Microsoft is making it easy for developers to include the power of AI with minimal effort.

Author: Umamaheswaran Manivannan

Umamaheswaran is the Senior Software Engineer at BizTalk360 having 6 years of experience. He is a full stack developer worked in various technologies like .NET, Angular JS etc.

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