Category Archives : Events

17

Sep

Come check out Azure Stack at Ignite 2018
Come check out Azure Stack at Ignite 2018

We are excited to host you all at this year’s Ignite conference. The Azure Stack team has put together a list of sessions along with a pre-day event to ensure that you will enhance your skills on Microsoft’s hybrid cloud solution and get the most out of this year’s conference.

We have an agenda that is tailored for developers who use Azure Stack to develop innovative hybrid solutions using services on Azure Stack and Azure, as well as operators who are responsible for the operations, security, and resiliency of Azure Stack itself. Whether you’re a developer or an IT operator, there’s something for you.

To fully benefit from our sessions we recommended you attend our two overview talks, “Intelligent Edge with Azure Stack” and “Azure Stack Overview and Roadmap”. If you’re looking to learn how to operate Azure Stack, we recommend you attend “The Guide to Becoming an Azure Stack Operator” to learn what it takes to get the most of your investment. If you’re just “Getting started with Microsoft Azure Stack as a developer”, we’ve created a path for you as well. See the learning map below:


  The following table list the details of each session.

 

13

Sep

Microsoft Azure Media Services and our partners Welkom you to IBC 2018

Content creators and broadcasters are increasingly embracing Cloud’s global reach, hybrid model and elastic scale. These attributes combined with AI’s ability to accelerate insights and time to market across content creation, management, and monetization are truly transformative.

At the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC) Show 2018, we are focused on bringing Cloud + AI together to help you overcome common media workflow challenges.

Video Indexer, generally available starting today, is a great example of this Cloud + AI focus. It brings together the power of the cloud + Microsoft AI to intelligently analyze your media assets, extract insights and add metadata. It makes it easier to understand your vast content library and get the more than 20 new and improved models, easy to use interfaces, a single API, and simplified account management. I have been part of Video Indexer team since its inception and could not be more excited to see it reach GA. I’m also incredibly proud of the work the team has done to solve real customer problems and make AI tangible in this easy to use elegant solution.

Our partners are already innovating on top of Video Indexer and extending Azure Media Services to advance the state of

13

Sep

From Microsoft Azure to everyone attending IBC Show 2018 – Welkom in Amsterdam!

Media and entertainment industry conferences are by far some of my favorites. Creativity, disruption, opportunity, and technology – particularly cloud, edge, and AI – are everywhere. It’s been exciting to see those things come together at NAB 2018, SIGGRAPH, and now IBC Show 2018. Together with teams from across Microsoft, I’m looking forward to IBC Show and the chance to learn, collaborate, and advance the state of this dynamic industry.

At this year’s IBC we’re excited to announce the general availability of Video Indexer, our advanced metadata extraction service. Announced as public preview earlier this year, Video Indexer provides a rich set of cross-channel (audio, speech, and visual) learning models. Check out Sudheer’s blog for more information on all the new capabilities including emotion detection, topic inferencing, and improvements to the ever-popular celebrity recognition model that recognizes over one million faces.

Video Indexer is just one of the ways Azure is helping customers like Endemol Shine, Multichoice, RTL, and Ericsson with their content needs. At IBC 2018, our teams are excited to share new ways that Azure, together with solutions from our partners, can address common media workflow challenges.

How? Well, read on…

More visual effects and animations mean

07

Sep

Connected arms: A closer look at the winning idea from Imagine Cup 2018

This blog post was co-authored by Nile Wilson, Software Engineer Intern, Microsoft.

In an earlier post, we explored how several of the top teams at this year’s Imagine Cup had Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the core of their winning solutions. From helping farmers identify and manage diseased plants to helping the hearing-impaired, this year’s finalists tackled difficult problems that affect people from all walks of life.

In this post, we take a closer look at the champion project of Imagine Cup 2018, smartARM.

smartARM

Samin Khan and Hamayal Choudhry are the two-member team behind smartARM. The story begins with a by-chance meeting of these middle school classmates. Studying machine learning and computer vision at the University of Toronto, Samin decided to register for the January 2018 UofTHacks hackathon, and coincidentally ran into Hamayal, studying mechatronics engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Despite his background, Hamayal was more interested in spectating than in participating. But when catching up, they realized that by combining their skillsets in computer vision, machine learning, and mechatronics, they might just be able to create something special. With this realization, they formed a team at the hackathon and have been working together since.

28

Aug

Helping Go developers build better cloud apps faster

As GopherCon kicks off today with nearly 2,000 gophers gathering in Denver, we’re excited to share our latest offerings and announcements for Go developers. Since making the Azure SDK for Go generally available earlier this year, our teams have been hard at work building Go tools and services for Azure, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Team Services. We continue to strive to help Go developers build better cloud apps, faster, with an expanding range of services covering the cloud-native workflow:

Write and test code with Visual Studio Code, the most popular editor amongst Go developers. Debug with visual breakpoints, apply Go formatting on save, and use code completions to increase developer speed and productivity. Host your private Git repositories, then integrate and release apps with Visual Studio Team Services and Azure DevOps Projects. Run code, containers, and apps on Azure Kubernetes Service, a fully-managed Kubernetes cluster, or with Azure App Service. Or, use your favorite Linux distribution on Azure Virtual Machines. Store structured data in managed PostgreSQL and MySQL databases, objects in Blob Storage, and cache items in Redis Cache. You can also use Cosmos DB, a globally-replicated, multi-model database that is compatible with MongoDB. Communicate between microservices with

28

Aug

Helping Go developers build better cloud apps faster

As GopherCon kicks off today with nearly 2,000 gophers gathering in Denver, we’re excited to share our latest offerings and announcements for Go developers. Since making the Azure SDK for Go generally available earlier this year, our teams have been hard at work building Go tools and services for Azure, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Team Services. We continue to strive to help Go developers build better cloud apps, faster, with an expanding range of services covering the cloud-native workflow:

Write and test code with Visual Studio Code, the most popular editor amongst Go developers. Debug with visual breakpoints, apply Go formatting on save, and use code completions to increase developer speed and productivity. Host your private Git repositories, then integrate and release apps with Visual Studio Team Services and Azure DevOps Projects. Run code, containers, and apps on Azure Kubernetes Service, a fully-managed Kubernetes cluster, or with Azure App Service. Or, use your favorite Linux distribution on Azure Virtual Machines. Store structured data in managed PostgreSQL and MySQL databases, objects in Blob Storage, and cache items in Redis Cache. You can also use Cosmos DB, a globally-replicated, multi-model database that is compatible with MongoDB. Communicate between microservices with

27

Aug

Microsoft Azure Data welcomes attendees to VLDB 2018
Microsoft Azure Data welcomes attendees to VLDB 2018

Hello VLDB attendees!

Welcome to Rio De Janeiro. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the exciting work in data that’s going on in the Azure Data team at Microsoft, and to invite you to take a closer look.

Microsoft has long been a leader in database management with SQL Server, recognized as the top DBMS by Gartner for the past three years in a row. The emergence of the cloud and edge as the new frontiers for computing, and thus data management, is an exciting direction—data is now dispersed within and beyond the enterprise, on-premises, on-cloud, and on edge devices, and we must enable intelligent analysis, transactions, and responsible governance for all data everywhere, from the moment it is created to the moment it is deleted, through the entire life-cycle of ingestion, updates, exploration, data prep, analysis, serving, and archival.

These trends require us to fundamentally re-think data management. Transactional replication can span continents. Data is not just relational. Interactive, real-time, and streaming applications with enterprise level SLAs are becoming common. Machine learning is a foundational analytic task and must be supported while ensuring that all data governance policies are enforced, taking full advantage

27

Aug

Microsoft Azure Data welcomes attendees to VLDB 2018
Microsoft Azure Data welcomes attendees to VLDB 2018

Hello VLDB attendees!

Welcome to Rio De Janeiro. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the exciting work in data that’s going on in the Azure Data team at Microsoft, and to invite you to take a closer look.

Microsoft has long been a leader in database management with SQL Server, recognized as the top DBMS by Gartner for the past three years in a row. The emergence of the cloud and edge as the new frontiers for computing, and thus data management, is an exciting direction—data is now dispersed within and beyond the enterprise, on-premises, on-cloud, and on edge devices, and we must enable intelligent analysis, transactions, and responsible governance for all data everywhere, from the moment it is created to the moment it is deleted, through the entire life-cycle of ingestion, updates, exploration, data prep, analysis, serving, and archival.

These trends require us to fundamentally re-think data management. Transactional replication can span continents. Data is not just relational. Interactive, real-time, and streaming applications with enterprise level SLAs are becoming common. Machine learning is a foundational analytic task and must be supported while ensuring that all data governance policies are enforced, taking full advantage

09

Aug

Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018
Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018

If you are attending SIGGRAPH this year I hope you can join us at Booth 620 to hear the latest on how Azure can help you: 

Render more, faster with Avere. Move your data to the cloud using our rugged, secure Azure Data Box. Get better scalability, simplicity, and hybrid support with Azure High-Performance Computing. Secure your media workloads. Security experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios will be there, so you can experience the latest in holographic video. And, we’re excited to have our partners, Avid Technology, Nimble Collective, and Teradici to name a few, share their latest and greatest.

Avid is one the world’s most comprehensive provider of solutions for media, enabling the creation and distribution of the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world. Avid will demo its MediaCentral Platform on Microsoft Azure. Find out how to reduce cost, centralize media/data management, secure content collaboration, increase workflow efficiencies, and improve time-to-market.
 Nimble Collective will feature its cloud-based animation platform, an entire animation studio infrastructure complete with workflow and pipeline, streaming through your Internet browser. Nimble can reduce studio overhead up to 75 percent and give

09

Aug

Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018
Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018

If you are attending SIGGRAPH this year I hope you can join us at Booth 620 to hear the latest on how Azure can help you: 

Render more, faster with Avere. Move your data to the cloud using our rugged, secure Azure Data Box. Get better scalability, simplicity, and hybrid support with Azure High-Performance Computing. Secure your media workloads. Security experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios will be there, so you can experience the latest in holographic video. And, we’re excited to have our partners, Avid Technology, Nimble Collective, and Teradici to name a few, share their latest and greatest.

Avid is one the world’s most comprehensive provider of solutions for media, enabling the creation and distribution of the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world. Avid will demo its MediaCentral Platform on Microsoft Azure. Find out how to reduce cost, centralize media/data management, secure content collaboration, increase workflow efficiencies, and improve time-to-market.
 Nimble Collective will feature its cloud-based animation platform, an entire animation studio infrastructure complete with workflow and pipeline, streaming through your Internet browser. Nimble can reduce studio overhead up to 75 percent and give