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The five biggest announcements at Microsoft Build 2018

08 May 2018

At Build 2018 today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled Project Kinect for Azure. This will allow devices such as drones to take important actions without connecting to the cloud.

Microsoft's new Your Phone app - available initially to Windows Insiders to test starting this week - will be a key part of Microsoft's initiative to blur the line between desktop and mobile.

Microsoft Launcher, which is an Android launcher, will now support Enterprise customers for access to LOB applications via Intune, and users of Microsoft Launcher on Android will be able to leverage the new Windows 10 Timeline feature to access your recently used data from your phone on your PC.

Redmond computing giant Microsoft used its Build 2018 developer's conference in Seattle to announce a partnership with Chinese drone manufacturer DJI for a software development kit (SDK) aimed at incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and the Azure cloud computing platform.

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DJI has also selected Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud computing partner, taking advantage of Azure's industry leading AI and machine learning capabilities to help turn vast quantities of aerial imagery and video data into actionable insights for thousands of businesses across the globe.

Microsoft plans to share more details on 365 during tomorrow's Build festivities. It's Microsoft's attempt to integrate high-tech hand tracking and spatial mapping technologies with Azure's machine learning, cognitive services, and IoT Edge. Moreover, Microsoft will also live stream the Day 1 and Day 2 speeches from the event at Channel 9 Website. We also heard that Microsoft's chatbot based in China, XiaoIce, had learned to speak like a natural speaker instead of a computer-assisted voice. There will be also be support for deeper SharePoint integration in Teams and the ability to view Power BI Visualizations in Excel. The new deal will come to developers later this year with a new developer agreement.

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.

The five biggest announcements at Microsoft Build 2018