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SharePoint Conference: Microsoft announces SharePoint Server 2019 and Multi-Geo capabilities for SharePoint

At the SharePoint Conference North America, Microsoft announced the availability of SharePoint Server 2019, and new capabilities to SharePoint. Microsoft has introduced new and modern designs with SharePoint Server 2019 which will work seamlessly across laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile phones. The new version of SharePoint Server will provide instant access to people, content, and apps, so that users can quickly find information and work with it in lesser time. For better user experience, Microsoft has improved the document libraries and navigation constructs. These improvements are already available with Office 365. SharePoint Server 2019 will have new communication and collaboration features which includes Communication Sites, Team News, and modern Team Sites. Microsoft has optimize...

Microsoft, Accenture and Avanade join hands to deliver industry-specific AI solutions

Microsoft is collaborating with Accenture and Avanade to build a number of customized artificial intelligence (AI) services that can address industry-specific demands. Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President of Commercial Partner Channels & Programs at Microsoft, announced the collaboration via a LinkedIn blog post. While Microsoft and other AI companies provide flagship AI services, the enterprises are looking for the right combination of technologies, data science expertise and industry-specific knowledge. “Business decision makers aren’t interested in APIs or individual services. They want out-of-the-box solutions that simplify and solve their business processes,” wrote Schuster. She mentioned that delivering such solutions requires power of partnership. Hence, Microsoft, Accen...

Microsoft powers SharePoint with mixed reality and AI capabilities

Microsoft steps ahead in its commitment to bring mixed-reality and artificial intelligence to all its products. At its SharePoint Virtual Summit, the tech giant announced the preview version of SharePoint spaces, and new AI innovation to SharePoint and OneDrive. The SharePoint spaces will enable users to view and interact with content from every angle, and visualize and manipulate data and product models in real-time, Microsoft said. SharePoint with mixed reality experience will help businesses in onboarding new employees, learning new objectives, and developing new products. It comes with simple point-and-click functionality and smart templates, allowing users to create mixed reality environments with ambient sounds, lighting, beautiful surroundings, and rich textures. Users can add the e...

Microsoft snaps up conversational AI startup Semantic Machines

On Sunday, Microsoft announced that it has acquired Semantic Machines, a California-based conversational artificial intelligence (AI) startup. Founded in 2014, Semantic Machines uses machine learning to build conversational AI interfaces which allows users to communicate naturally with computers. The conversational AI technology of Semantic is currently powering many e-commerce websites, social networks, and devices like Siri and Google Now. The commercial natural language systems like Siri, Cortana and Google Now only understand the commands rather than conversations. However, it is sometimes difficult to express ideas with commands. Semantic Machines is working to develop technology using which the language systems will be able to understand conversations. With years of expertise in spee...

Microsoft Build 2018: Know top 8 announcements in just 2 minutes

Microsoft Build 2018, the annual developer event, brought together around 6000 developers, customers and partners in Seattle. Microsoft made a broad range of announcements at the Build conference, which were focused on artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), and bringing the algorithmic computing to edge devices. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that computing has reached everywhere, and is embedded in places, things, homes, and cities. The world has become a computer itself. And if the world is a computer, the developers are a new seat of power. Microsoft shipped around 650 new capabilities to Azure in last one year. At its developer conference, the company introduced 70 more capabilities to Azure. Before making the major announcements at Microsoft Build 2018, Satya Nadell...

Microsoft launches Project Brainwave to accelerate real-time AI calculations

Microsoft announced a new AI-based offering called Project Brainwave, designed to speed up the real-time artificial intelligence calculations. The Project Brainwave is a hardware architecture deployed on Intel FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). These FPGAs help in reducing the latency and lag time in making AI calculations. It is expected to be perfect for the demands of AI computing. The users will be able to remap the hardware design to the FPGA after every improvement. This capability will be helpful for users to keep pace with new discoveries and rapidly changing AI algorithms. Customers can reprogram the FPGAs to respond to new advances in AI. The advantage of programmable hardware is that it will be easier to reprogram and add new innovations that come along the time. The tradit...

Microsoft, VMware and Dell build a joint IoT solution to accelerate IoT adoption

Microsoft, VMware and Dell are joining forces to offer a mutually designed IoT (internet of things) solution, that can accelerate the adoption of IoT services. To design the joint solution, the companies will integrate their existing IoT solutions— Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, VMware Pulse IoT Center, and Dell Edge Gateways. The aim of the new IoT solution is to centralize the monitoring and security from devices to cloud, and streamline the management of connected devices. It will be specifically useful for the customers who deploy IoT for a number of circumstances such as supply chain visibility, and predictive maintenance. Microsoft Azure IoT Edge solution focuses on bringing cloud intelligence to the edge, allowing devices to leverage the cloud and machine learning at scale. “When b...

Microsoft takes OneDrive security to a new level with integration of Window Defender and OneDrive Files Restore

A few weeks ago, Microsoft had rolled out new protection capabilities for Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal users, and brought the Files Restore feature from OneDrive for Business to personal OneDrive users. The new capabilities allow users to recover files infected due to malicious attacks like ransomware, viruses, phishing scams, etc. To take OneDrive security to a new level, the tech giant is now integrating Windows Defender Antivirus into OneDrive Files Restore. The Files Restore is used to recover files in the event of malicious attacks, an accidental mass delete, or files’ corruption. It allows users to restore entire OneDrive and recover files, going back as far as 30 days. With the integration of Files Restore and Windows Defender, Microsoft aims to protect users from ransomw...

Microsoft breaks geographical silos with Multi-Geo capabilities in Office 365

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365. The new feature will help multinational organizations to fulfill their requirements for worldwide data residency by allowing them to use familiar tools to move data securely between multiple data center geographies, configure policies and enable custom sharing for each location. The service is targeted at the organizations who have offices around the world, and need to store the employee and customer data at-rest in specific regions to meet data residency guidelines. The data residency guidelines, enacted by governments, third-party regulators and corporate compliance requirements, are supposed to address the privacy issues. With these guidelines, the free of flow of data is restricted across certain ...

Microsoft teams up with C3 IoT to help enterprises develop AI and IoT applications

Microsoft has teamed up with digital transformation software provider C3 IoT, to create a new solution which helps enterprises to easily develop AI and IoT applications. The joint solution will be created using the C3 IoT Platform, a comprehensive platform as a service (PaaS), and will be fully integrated with a set of Azure services, including Azure IoT Hub, Azure Machine Learning, big data and advanced analytics solutions. The C3 IoT Platform is a low-code platform which allows rapid development of big data, predictive analysis, AI and machine learning, and IoT applications. “With this partnership, two market leaders are joining forces to drive digital transformation at the world’s leading organizations,” said Thomas M. Siebel, C3 IoT CEO. “Combining the market reach of Microsoft, the am...

Microsoft Office 365 now armed with more security with OneDrive Files Restore and ransomware detection

Microsoft rolled out a set of advanced protection capabilities to its Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal edition. The new capabilities will protect the devices, personal information, and files from cyber threats, like ransomware, viruses, and phishing scams. Microsoft already offers several protection and security features for Office services, such as virus scanning for links and attachments, antivirus protection with Windows Defender, etc. The new features will further enhance the security of Office 365 services. First in the list is a file recovery capability in personal OneDrive account which will allow users to restore entire OneDrive and recover files, going back as far as 30 days. This feature, previously available with OneDrive for Business only, can be used to recover files in...

Know why Microsoft is planning to invest $5 billion in IoT in next four years 

Microsoft is planning to invest over $5 billion in the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next four years with the goal to drive business and world transformation with connected solutions. IoT solutions provide operational efficiencies, but Microsoft’s investment in IoT underscores the fact that the impact of IoT extends well beyond commercial sphere and can better the human lives by fulfilling basic life needs like predictive healthcare, safety while on job or travelling, electricity and more. “A.T. Kearney predicts IoT will lead to a $1.9 trillion productivity increase and $177 billion in reduced costs by 2020. This effect will be pervasive, from connected homes and cars to manufacturers to smart cities and utilities—and everything in between.” – Microsoft blog With the investment, Micros...

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