Here’s an interesting new product from Microsoft: Azure Lighthouse.

Grow your business profitably and efficiently to service more customers, larger workloads, and most mission-critical apps with precision on Microsoft Azure. Azure Lighthouse provides advanced automation on Azure for you to confidently manage multiple customers’ Azure estates at scale and protect your management IP.

With Azure Lighthouse, your customers can have greater visibility into service provider activities, increasing transparency and trust. Discover how this foundational management capability works consistently across Azure services and licensing models to help streamline managed service operations and can help our partners focus increasingly more on providing differentiated services to customers. Learn more: https://aka.ms/azurelighthouse

After four years using HoloLens internally, Airbus is partnering with the tech company to sell specialized holographic programs using the mixed-reality headsets.

Microsoft HoloLens helps workers train on a virtual aircraft engine. (Airbus Photo) After four years using Microsoft’s HoloLens internally, aerospace giant Airbus is partnering with the tech company to sell specialized holographic programs that run on the mixed-reality headsets to other companies in aerospace and defense. Microsoft and Airbus […]

Good news for .NET developers who want to do more AI, but want to leverage their experience with C#.

Instead of glibly telling .NET developers to go learn Python, Microsoft is letting them know that they can now do machine learning work in the more familiar surroundings of the mainstream C# language. ML.NET makes this possible, and Microsoft has a GitHub repo with an array of samples to help .NET developers see how.

Build 2019 kicked off this morning and here’s a great round up post highlighting the top 10 things to check out.

Microsoft Build is underway in Seattle, and this year’s premier developer conference is focused on empowering developers of all kinds, from experienced computer scientists to tech beginners with big ideas. We’re sharing the latest on Microsoft platforms, tools and services that are making it easier to create and innovate […]

Here’s an interesting story about data analytics, specifically NLP, and data visualization can breathe new life into classic works of literature.

Phil Harvey, a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft in the UK, used the company’s Text Analytics API on 19 of The Bard’s plays. The API, which is available to anyone as part of Microsoft’s Azure Cognitive Services, can be used to identify sentiment and topics in text, as well as pick out key phrases and entities. This API is one of several Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools available on Azure.

As an added bonus, I think there should be an AMC series set in Elizabethan times mirroring the events of Breaking Bad.

Here’s an interesting look at Microsoft’s AI strategy from Computer Weekly, with some great quotes from Scott Guthrie.

For AI, Microsoft appears to be putting a lot of emphasis on the developer community. Its head of Cloud + AI business is Scott Guthrie, who has a developer background and co-invented Microsoft’s original ASP.NET web application technology. Guthrie is the Microsoft executive vice president with responsibility for a large chunk of Microsoft’s business, including Cloud, Windows Server, database, CRM, ERP, and the AI platform.

“Our business model at Microsoft is focused on delivering a B2B [business to business] experience and helping our partners and customers deliver to their customers, and that’s a differentiator that increasingly comes up versus Amazon as well as Google, given that their business model is ultimately about reaching users.”

With data storage demands increasing every day, conventional storage will not be enough in the future. Enter DNA-based storage, with its ability to store information on a molecular level, it could revolutionize data storage in the age beyond big data. And researchers have recently came one step closer to making this technology real.

Researchers at Microsoft and the late Microsoft founder Paul Allen’s school of computing science at the University of Washington has built a system of liquids, tubes, syringes, and electronics around a benchtop to deliver the world’s first automated DNA storage device.

I am excited that I can now finally talk about this initiative publicly: an online AI training course geared towards business decision makers.

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