微软在世界移动大会上发布了经过改进的HoloLens 2，这是在扩展其混合现实开发人员计划的同时，发布了一个新的HoloLens 2开发人员软件包。 HoloLens 2开发版将随附HoloLens 2头戴式耳机，$ 500.00的Microsoft Azure积分，以及针对CAD数据的Unity Pro和Unity PiXYZ插件的三个月试用版。 这个想法不仅是要给开发人员混合现实设备本身，而且是云服务和3D开发环境，以便为其开发新的应用程序和体验。
Microsoft also announced another new service called Content Moderator, and talked up other decision services such as Ink Recognizer for embedding digital ink recognition, and Form Recognizer to better automate data entry. The recently announced Anomaly Detector is also in the Decision category of Azure Cognitive Services.
On the AI search front, Microsoft is making its intelligent Azure Search service generally available, and previewing a new storage capability that will allow developers to take cognitive search results and apply them to Microsoft Power BI data visualizations or machine learning models. There' s also a new conversation transcription capability in Azure's Speech Service, which transcribes meeting conversations in real time.
When it comes to machine learning specifically, Microsoft (and every other tech giant) continue to focus on simplifying how ML models are built, trained, and deployed. New MLOps capabilities with Azure DevOps integration are designed to help developers better reproduce, audit, and automate model creation and training.
On the hardware front, Microsoft announced the general availability of hardware-accelerated ML models that run on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), as well as ONNX Runtime support for NVIDIA TensorRT and Intel nGraph for high-speed inferencing on NVIDIA and Intel chipsets.
Microsoft is also attempting to make it easier for developers and non-programmers to work with ML models. The company already has a low-code development platform called Microsoft PowerApps, but ahead of Build Microsoft announced a new visual ML interface for users to create and deploy models in a completely no-code, drag-and-drop experience.
IoT and Intelligent Edge
Microsoft wants to connect every smart enterprise device through Azure. One element of this strategy is HoloLens 2, but the company wants developers to be able to plug any device into another throughout its ecosystem.
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微软正在应用其即插即用的理念，即Windows 10用户可以在不将设备配置为企业IoT的情况下连接PC外设。 所有启用了IoT即插即用的设备都将在Azure IoT设备目录中提供。 该公司还为Azure SQL Database引入了新的Azure SQL Database Edge引擎，该引擎将数据流与数据库内机器学习和图形功能结合在一起，使边缘设备上的应用程序扩展更容易。 Azure SQL数据库边缘在ARM处理器上运行。
Microsoft continues to forge ahead with blockchain tech. The company announced a new Azure Blockchain Service, building on its myriad existing cloud-based blockchain services such as Azure Blockchain Workbench. The new service gives enterprises the ability to deploy a fully managed consortium network with built-in governance for tasks such as adding new members, setting permissions, and authenticating decentralized user apps.
The company has been working with other blockchain and banking companies for years on projects such as its open-source Coco blockchain framework. As part of the rollout, Microsoft announced that J.P. Morgan' s Quorum, a permissioned or private blockchain platform built on Ethereum, will be the first ledger available on Azure Blockchain Service.