Build 2018: Everything Microsoft announced for its cloud service, Azure

Muriel Hammond
May 8, 2018

For those that use Power BI, there is new support coming for visualizations in Excel; it is now possible to extend custom visuals created for Power BI to be used in Excel. This solution makes available the key hardware and software required to develop camera-based IoT solutions. The update, which only applies to apps in the Microsoft Store will increase the revenue share which is paid, further incentivizing developers to target the platform. Kubernetes support is an obvious one and a smart addition, given that it will allow developers to build Kubernetes clusters that can span both the edge and a more centralized cloud.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's fast-growing Azure Cosmos DB is getting updates such as new multi-master capabilities (supporting cloud and edge) and enhanced security through the general availability of support for Microsoft's Virtual Network (VNet) service.

Microsoft is also launching a number of new technologies for developers around making better use of data and AI in their solutions.

The above quote came from a Monday press release introducing some of the newest features that Microsoft believes will help developers take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI). The Azure Kubernetes Service will also be offered for Azure IoT Edge, the company said.

There has been no time frame given as to when the Timeline feature will be made accessible to Android users but it should not be too long. It includes Microsoft's "most advanced" time-of-flight sensor (used for 3D imaging) and some other new sensors. Microsoft is also expanding its Sets experience to third-party apps, allowing users to group apps together in a tabbed interface.

"The era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us", said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

A native SDK for Windows enables developers to deploy Windows applications to DJI drones.

A new "Your Phone" experience that enables a window into a user's phone right from their PC for instant access to text messages, photos and notifications.

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