Almost 300000 developers now use Microsoft's Azure Bot Service

Conference goers check out the demo floor of the Microsoft Build 2017 show at the Washington State Convention Center. This week’s Build 2018 will be held in Seattle for the second year in a row

The season of developer conferences is here. With the recent demotion of the EVP for Windows and Devices, Terry Myerson, we're seeing a push from the company to develop around Windows, rather than for it.

Microsoft's AI and machine learning technologies including speech recognition are already used by major brands like McDonald's and it recently announced that its chatbot, Xiaoice in China, has learned how to interact like a natural speaker instead of a voice-assisted computer. The company says that connected smart devices are taking over homes and businesses globally with over 20 billion devices expected by 2020.

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According to Sam George, the director of Microsoft's Azure IoT engineering program, the SDK will allow "any Azure developer using Azure machine learning can develop AI models and deploy them to their drones".

Microsoft did not say when it will update Microsoft Launcher with Timeline. Microsoft also announced today a new feature called Your Phone, that's created to show you the most important information about your phone directly on your PC so that you don't have to switch between your Windows 10 PC and smartphone when working on an essay or document.

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The three-day event in Seattle features sessions on cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet-connected devices and virtual reality.

DJI's SDK is available as part of a beta preview for attendees at Microsoft Build. The app will allow PC users access to their phone's contents, including messages, photos, and notifications, right on their Windows 10 desktop. This is something they tried to achieve with Windows Phone, but with the limited uptake of that, it never made it very far. This new experience will begin to roll out in the Windows Insider Program soon. The new features will include "Drag and Drop" support for app tabs between and within Set Windows, along with new shortcuts with the File Explorer tabs, new context menu for the Edge tabs, and set of various other changes. So, the Xbox users need to wait a few more weeks in order to get the updates related to Xbox. They have seen great success with their cloud products, and are not so subtly transitioning away from their legacy products, and as such, there's less to talk about on the PC side than there used to be.

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

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