Microsoft Build 2018: The 3 key takeaways for business leaders

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Microsoft also partnered with Qualcomm (qcom) on a new software developer kit to let coders build devices like cameras that can recognize objects. Timeline debuted in the latest version of Windows 10, allowing users to access their previously used apps and browser windows across all compatible devices.

While many feel Microsoft is neglecting Windows, today's announcements at Build 2018 shows Microsoft is doing what it can, within the constraints of reality, to keep Windows relevant for regular users. Project Kinect for Azure is a package of sensors (including a next-generation depth camera) with on-board compute capabilities.

DJI and Microsoft are already working together to advance technology for precision farming with Microsoft's FarmBeats solution, which aggregates and analyzes data from aerial and ground sensors using AI models running on Azure IoT Edge. A new Speech Devices SDK will provide improved audio processing for higher accuracy in speech recognition, while updates to Azure Cognitive Services will bring enhanced speech recognition and text-to-speech, as well.

A preview of Project Brainwave, an architecture for deep neural net processing, is now available on Azure and on the edge.

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Kinect was the coolest gadget Microsoft made that no one actually used, but now the company is bringing it back with an all new focus: AI and the cloud. Project Brainwave makes Azure the fastest cloud to run real-time AI and is now fully integrated with Azure Machine Learning.

In addition to routine updates to Windows 10, the company is expected to announce new AI features and integrations, new tools for business applications using its Azure cloud-computing platform, and progress reports on last year's announcements, including its Fluent Design interface. Microsoft is integrating Visual Studio App Center with GitHub for iOS and Android developers to have better DevOps process automation, the firm announced in a press release.

According to Microsoft, the revenue share will be upped to 95:5 in favor of the developer on all applications sold through the store on consumer Windows 10 devices - which includes Mobile, PC's, Windows Mixed Reality and the Surface Hub.

But an even more dramatic development will be the ability to actually see content that lives in your phone right on a desktop window on the PC.

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