Project Kinect for Azure is Microsoft's AI sensor gift to devs

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In combination with Microsoft's Time of Flight sensor and additional sensors, Project Kinect for Azure can be used for hand tracking, high fidelity spacial mapping, and more.

At its Build developer conference this week, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on artificial intelligence and edge computing.

A preview of Project Brainwave, an architecture for deep neural net processing, is now available on Azure and on the edge. This builds on the company's commitment to developers and open source.

Elsewhere, Microsoft is bringing its speech recognition tech to developers with the new Speech Devices SDK. The company also announced "Sets".

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.

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The announcements cover three key development areas- Azure Kubernetes Service, Visual Studio IntelliCode.

The appeal of running Event Grid, Microsoft's event routing service, at the edge is also pretty obvious, given that it'll allow developers to connect services with far lower latency than if all the data had to run through a remote data center.

Microsoft on Monday kicked off its annual developer's conference, Build 2018 in Seattle. This could make Microsoft a more appealing platform for oil and gas, general contracting, and other industries that make heavy use of connected devices in the field. In addition, the new Windows Machine Learning platform will let developers create machine-learning models in the cloud, and deploy them offline to Windows.

Speaking of drones, a new SDK from drone giant DJI is also coming to Windows 10 PCs, the release noted. The app will allow PC users access to their phone's contents, including messages, photos, and notifications, right on their Windows 10 desktop.

Meanwhile, the Android version of the Microsoft Launcher app will include support for discovery of line-of-business apps, as well as IT advisement on configuration, for enterprise users.