Microsoft rolls out new cloud services for AI and blockchain

Microsoft Details Azure AI and Machine Learning Improvements

Microsoft will also be providing engineering, consulting, and go-to-market support.

Microsoft announced new tools for software makers aimed at making technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain easier for businesses to use. The recently announced Anomaly Detector is also in the Decision category of Azure Cognitive Services. These are the services that are most similar to human cognition: image recognition, speech-to-text, translation, and so on. The category groups together Azure's Content Moderator and Anomaly Detector services, as well as a new service called Personalizer, which is now in preview.

Away from the cloud, Microsoft is beefing up its edge-compute offerings, too.

To address the needs of hybrid cloud and edge computing, Microsoft has come out with a number of products, including the Azure SQL Database Edge, to support the spectrum of edge compute needs, plus an IoT Plug and Play.

Microsoft is now doubling down on investments to empower blockchain developers by announcing Azure Blockchain Service, a fully-managed blockchain service that simplifies the formation, management, and governance of consortium blockchain networks so businesses can focus on workflow logic and application development.

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This can also be combined with a retailer's current recommendation engine, it was said. "Azure will bring unique strengths to enterprise clients using Quorum", said Farooq.

The ledger is just the foundation for new applications.

Microsoft has unveiled a new release of Azure for AI, mixed reality, IoT, and blockchains.

JPMorgan developed Quorum almost four years ago on the blockchain-based Ethereum network, reports WSJ. Rather JPMorgan hopes that with more users on its blockchain platform, more standards for building blockchain applications and sharing data will be developed. A key challenge has been integrating these applications with smart contracts so they either respond to smart contract updates or execute smart contract transactions, connecting business processes managed in other systems (such as databases, CRM, and ERP systems) with the ledger. It is called "Azure Blockchain Service" and a public preview of the same is now live. Microsoft is launching a new Cognitive Services category, called "Decision", that delivers users a specific recommendation for more informed and efficient decision-making. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI.

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