Microsoft launches Azure IoT technical training, developers can start quickly with IoT

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If you have been following us for any length of time, then you know about how Microsoft has been ramping up production of iOS and Android apps.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group and a longtime developer, introduced a database migration service, created to smoothly convert data stored on companies' own servers to Azure. Microsoft said it signed agreements with Intel Corp.to create reference designs for companies that want to make Cortana devices and with HP Inc.to make devices - though no specific products were announced.

With Azure Cloud Shell developers can trigger tasks in their Azure-hosted apps using scripts and commands they are familiar with.

Microsoft's Azure platform is growing in a big way with the company announcing a new DB service that they are calling Azure Cosmos. Microsoft previewed Docker, Azure Functions and Xamarin.IoT support. Graphs are useful for analyzing large datasets and make predictions based on similarity of connections.

The new Azure IoT Edge service is better positioning Microsoft to lead in the industrial space, but it's also positioning partners to broaden their portfolios and work with manufacturers, according to partners.

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"Azure Cosmos DB allows you to elastically scale across any number of geographical regions while delivering the industry's only financially-backed database SLA across availability, latency, throughput, and consistency", he said.

And, "With the Visual Studio Team Services integration, you can realize continuous integration and deployment of these containerized applications", Guthrie said in his blog post.

During Build yesterday, Microsoft also demonstrated how it will integrate a variety of its products and services into a sales platform called Tact, which is expected to be released later this year.

Some seven years in the making, the game-changing data solution was based on "foundational work" conducted by Microsoft Researcher Leslie Lamport, a victor of the prestigious Turing Award, Guthrie said. "It expands the type of use cases you can consider these things for with the new programming paradigm and new APIs in ways that are more developer friendly".

The second is a service that lets customers move the databases they run in their corporate data centers to Azure.

Microsoft also unveiled new tools to help people more easily incorporate artificial intelligence into their applications. Customers who've already built on top of Cosmos DB would be able to dive in and start swimming sooner, too.

"We have a deep partnership with DocuSign, and appreciate the company's collaboration in helping to develop, test and deploy a Managed Instance option within the Azure SQL Database service", Scott Guthrie, EVP of the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft said in a statement.

"As an Azure partner building enterprise-grade IoT and cloud solutions, we now have a powerful, new tool set that we can bring to bear for situations where connectivity may be intermittent, and the need for rapid, low-latency decisions are critical", said CTP's Udell.

Microsoft on Wednesday, May 10, USA time, unveiled new tools meant to democratize artificial intelligence by enabling machine smarts to be built into software from smartphone games to factory floors.

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