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AI+Machine Learning


The ML.NET framework makes machine learning accessible for .NET developers. Develop and infuse custom AI into your applications without expertise in developing machine-learning models. Quickly build models for regression, classification and clustering. Over time, ML.NET will enable additional tasks and leverage other popular libraries, such as Accord.NET and TensorFlow.

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Microsoft Cognitive Services | Microsoft Speech Services

Microsoft Speech Services, with an important set of updates, lets you access speech-to-text, text-to-speech and speech translation APIs in one unified offer on the Azure portal.

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Microsoft Cognitive Services | QnA Maker API

QnA Maker API provides a web-based service to train AI to respond to questions in a natural, conversational way. Its graphical user interface simplifies training and managing your models. This evolution represents a major milestone in terms of maturity, SLA and capabilities.

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Microsoft Cognitive Services | Language Understanding speech to intent

Language Understanding (LUIS), a machine learning-based service, offers simple tools to build your own language understanding models (intents/entities) to help any bot or app provide natural language-based user interactions. LUIS now integrates speech to intent, which combines speech-to-text and text-to-intent capabilities.

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Microsoft Cognitive Services | Bing Custom Search API

Bing Custom Search API is an easy-to-use, ad-free search solution which lets you build a search experience and query content on your website or across a selected set of websites or domains. Bing Custom Search has several new functionalities, integrating statistics, image search and autosuggest features.

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Microsoft Cognitive Services | Bing Statistics

The Bing Statistics add-in provides metrics such as call volume, top queries, API response, code distribution and market distribution. The rich slicing-and-dicing capability lets you gather deeper understanding of your users and their usage to inform your business strategy.

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Microsoft Cognitive Services | Bing Visual Search API

Bing Visual Search API is a new service which delivers intelligent image understanding capabilities from Bing. Build compelling image applications through a simple REST API on the device of your choice using Bing Visual Search.

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Microsoft Cognitive Services | Computer Vision API

Computer Vision API represents a collection of state-of-the-art image-processing algorithms, designed to return information based on visual content and to help generate suitable thumbnails. A new OCR model for English, with several improvements in terms of accuracy, is available in preview.

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Microsoft Cognitive Services | Custom Vision Service API

Custom Vision Service API aims to identify trained objects and show their location within images. Export your models and convert them to the ONNX format, which can be used natively in Windows 10 apps or export them to containers that can be deployed in Azure web services such as Azure Functions, IoT Edge or Machine Learning.

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Azure Event Grid | Cloud events

Cloud events is an open standard for events which has been developed as a part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) in partnership with Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle and other cloud vendors. This standard will allow the building of applications that span multiple clouds for event-driven scenarios.

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Azure Functions | Durable functions

Durable functions is an Azure Functions extension for building long-running, stateful function orchestrations in code using C# in a serverless environment.

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Azure App Service | Windows Server container support

With Azure App Service Windows Server container support, push your Windows container image to Docker Hub, Azure Container Registry or a private registry and deploy to App Service.

Azure App Service | App Service Environment for App Service on Linux

Azure App Service on Linux is now available in preview on App Service Environment. Easily deploy Linux web apps in an Azure virtual network with App Service Environment, accessing resources in that virtual network and across VPN connections.

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Azure App Service | Debug, diagnostics, easy authentication

Azure App Service is getting new capabilities with the latest updates. Mundane developer tasks are simpler with App Service diagnostics, remote debugging for container-based apps and easy authentication extended to App Service on Linux.

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Azure App Service | Multi-container support

Multi-container support from Azure App Service lets you deploy web apps composed of multiple Docker containers to App Service on Linux. It takes care of capacity provisioning, load balancing and underlying infrastructure maintenance. Easily bring your Docker Compose or Kubernetes Pod definition to App Service using capabilities such as built-in continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), autoscaling and intelligent diagnostics.

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Azure Service Fabric | Service Fabric Mesh

Azure Service Fabric is a microservice platform for business critical applications. Today, we are happy to share Azure Service Fabric Mesh, which offers the same reliability, mission-critical performance and scale customers get with Service Fabric, but no more overhead of cluster management and patching operations. Service Fabric Mesh supports both Windows and Linux containers allowing you to develop with any programming language and framework of your choice.

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Azure Container Instances on Windows and Linux

Azure Container Instances offers an on-demand compute service delivering rapid deployment of containers with no virtual machine management and elastic cloud scale. We have also lowered the price, making it even more cost-effective to deploy a single container in the cloud.

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Azure Container Registry

Azure Container Registry provides a managed Docker registry service to store and manage private container images. New enterprise lifecycle management features with a global footprint are now available.

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Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) drastically simplifies building and running container-based solutions without deep Kubernetes expertise. Soon generally available, AKS integrates with dev tools and workspaces, CI/CD, networking, monitoring tools and more, all in the Azure portal, so you can focus on writing and shipping code—not stitching services together.

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Azure Cosmos DB | BulkExecutor library

The Azure Cosmos DB BulkExecutor library is now available for download in .NET via NuGet and in Java via Maven. Use the library to import and migrate large datasets efficiently into Azure Cosmos DB collections within minutes and perform bulk updates (patches) of existing data stored in Azure Cosmos DB.

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Azure Cosmos DB | Provision throughput at data level

Use Azure Cosmos DB with multiple collections to provision throughput at a database level and share it across the database. This makes large-collection databases less expensive to start and operate.

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Azure Cosmos DB | Virtual network service endpoint

A virtual network service endpoint helps to ensure access to Azure Cosmos DB from the preferred virtual network subnet. This feature removes the manual change of IP and provides an easier way to manage access to the Azure Cosmos DB endpoint.

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Azure SQL Database | TDE with Azure Key Vault

Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse transparent data encryption offers bring-your-own-key (BYOK) support with Azure Key Vault integration. Key Vault provides highly available and scalable secure storage for RSA cryptographic keys backed by FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validated hardware security modules.

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Developer Tools + Services

Visual Studio 2017

The latest version of Visual Studio 2017 is now available. Take advantage of new features, performance improvements and bug fixes.

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Visual Studio Live Share

With Visual Studio Live Share, collaborate in real time with other developers using instant bidirectional collaboration with their existing tools, including Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio Code.

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Visual Studio IntelliCode

The Visual Studio IntelliCode capability enhances everyday software development with the power of AI. IntelliCode provides intelligent suggestions to improve your productivity and code quality in Visual Studio. Our vision is to apply AI to empower you across the entire development lifecycle.

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Visual Studio for Mac

The latest version of Visual Studio for Mac is now available. It offers bug fixes, performance improvements and new features such as web development with Razor, JavaScript and TypeScript.

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.NET Core | .NET Core 3.0

.NET Core 3.0, the next major version of .NET Core, expands supported workloads to Windows desktops and brings Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Forms and Universal Windows Platform app frameworks to .NET Core.

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.NET Core | .NET Core 2.1

.NET Core 2.1 release candidate is now available with a go-live license to use it in production, with full support from Microsoft.

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Xamarin.Forms 3.0

Xamarin.Forms 3.0 delivers stability, performance and features that make it easier to create apps that work on Android, iOS, macOS and Windows devices. Build with .NET Standard 2.0 using multitargeting. The latest version provides improvements and additions to make you even more productive.

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Azure Blockchain Workbench

Azure Blockchain Workbench, a new developer tool, makes it easier to build blockchain applications on Azure. With a few clicks, deploy an Azure-supported blockchain network which is pre-integrated with a set of cloud services commonly needed to create working blockchain applications, such as Azure Active Directory, Key Vault and SQL Database.

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Visual Studio App Center | App Center and GitHub integration

Visual Studio App Center and GitHub integration gives mobile developers a continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) solution at their fingertips to automate the build-test-distribute process for iOS and Android apps.

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Visual Studio Team Services | Azure DevOps Projects

Use Azure DevOps Projects to start running your application on Azure App Service or Virtual Machine hosts. In just three steps, receive a full continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipeline powered by Visual Studio Team Services. DevOps Projects now supports Azure Container Service for .NET, Java and Node.js web app pipelines and Azure Service Fabric support for .NET.

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Visual Studio Team Services | Release Management release gates

Visual Studio Team Services, a cloud-hosted DevOps service, features capabilities such as Agile planning, Git source control, Cloud Build, Release Management (including continuous integration and delivery [CI/CD] pipelines), Test Manager and Package Management. We have added the Release Management release gates capability to Team Services.

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Team Foundation Server 2018

Team Foundation Server is an on-premises DevOps suite of tools to install in your environment. Team Foundation Server 2018 Update 2, now ready for download, has many new features and bug fixes. Highlights include support for Release Management release gates capabilities, wiki search, mentions in pull requests and “not in” query operator support.

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Azure Lab Services

Azure Lab Services is an easy way to create a computer lab in the cloud. Build fully customised, shareable and secure labs with centralised billing, governance and compliance using a simple web interface. Lab Services is an expansion of Azure DevTest Labs.

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Internet of Things

Azure IoT Edge

Azure IoT Edge furthers innovation in the intelligent edge space. We are open-sourcing Azure IoT Edge runtime, supporting Kubernetes at the edge, enabling cognitive services (AI) to run at the edge and partnering with hardware manufacturers including DJI and Qualcomm.

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Azure Maps

After six months of public preview and lots of great customer feedback, Azure Maps—formerly Azure Location Based Services—is now generally available. Azure Maps is a portfolio of geospatial APIs natively built within Azure. It enables developers to seamlessly integrate maps, search, routing, time zones and traffic to their applications.

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Azure IoT solution accelerators

At Build, we announced the latest update of Azure IoT Remote Monitoring, a solution accelerator that is fully operational right out of the box.

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Azure Sphere

Azure Sphere was announced on April RSA Conference. It is an industry-first solution that combines the power of a new class of microcontroller (MCU) with built-in security, a purpose-built OS that’s optimised for security and agility and a cloud security service that guards every device. To help device manufacturers unlock the opportunity of the IoT on these devices, the Azure Sphere solution also includes a set of Visual Studio tools that radically modernise the development experience for MCU-powered devices.

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Azure Media Services and Video Indexer

Azure Media Services and Video Indexer make it easy to integrate advanced media processing and AI-based media metadata extraction on your apps and workflows. The new Azure Media Services preview API surfaces a simplified development model.

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Azure Cognitive Search | Cognitive Search

Azure Cognitive Search includes an enrichment pipeline to help you find rich, structured information in documents to become part of your Azure Cognitive Search index. Cognitive Search also integrates with natural language-processing capabilities and includes built-in enrichers called cognitive skills.

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Azure SignalR Service

Fully managed Azure SignalR Service lets you focus on building real-time web experiences without worrying about capacity provisioning, reliable connections, scaling, encryption or authentication. Through tight integration with the .NET SignalR library and the Visual Studio family, the service simplifies experiences such as chat, instant broadcasting and IoT dashboards.

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Azure Storage Explorer Azure Storage

Explorer allows users easily manage different storage entities in one place from Linux, macOS and Windows. This release also includes new authentication library for sharing account information with Visual Studio, enhanced accessibility support and open collaboration and feedback channel using GitHub. Azure Storage explorer is generally available.

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