To begin with, Microsoft is now open sourcing its Azure IoT Edge Runtime platform for developers. He said the Azure service is a natural for Jabil because the company has always been a Microsoft customer, from Windows to Office. This will allow devices such as drones to take important actions without connecting to the cloud. Microsoft FarmBeats integrates DJI's PC Ground Station Pro software and mapping algorithm to create real-time heatmaps on Azure IoT Edge.
Microsoft's new mantra is "Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge" which focuses on the emphasis of leveraging cloud computing for much of our needs now, but also with the emphasis on IoT powering the Intelligent Edge.
At Microsoft's Build conference this week, the company announced new development opportunities for the platform but more importantly, they helped provide clarity about how the company looks at the suite of software. Microsoft is also expected to roll out the Redstone 5 release by the end of this year.
This year's Build 2018 introduces lots of new Azure and AI products that are aimed at edge devices and developers that build for edge computing. DJI have also selected Azure as their cloud provider to further their commercial drone and SaaS solutions.
Other than that, Microsoft will also support promising projects by providing access to the company's engineers for consultation as well as its technologies.
In the red-hot area of containers, Microsoft said that its Azure Kubernetes Service - which enables developers to more easily build and run solutions based on containers - will be generally available in the next few weeks.
This "Your Phone" experience, according to Belfiore, will let you do things like view and drag photos from the phone window on the computer to another folder, and to view text messages and notifications.
"Building on Kinect's legacy that has lived on through HoloLens, Project Kinect for Azure empowers new scenarios for developers working with ambient intelligence", the company said at Build.