Microsoft makes Azure Bot Service generally available for developers

Source: Microsoft makes Azure Bot Service generally available for developers Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft introduced the Azure Bot Framework more than two years ago and companies have been building chatbots for a variety of scenarios ever since. Today, the company made generally available the Microsoft Azure Bot Service and Microsoft Cognitive Language Understanding service (known as LUIS). “Making these two services generally available on Azure simultaneously extends the capabilities of developers to build custom models that can naturally interpret the intentions of people conversing with bots,” Lili Cheng, corporate vice president at the Microsoft AI and Research division wrote in ...

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PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client

Source: PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client Begin: WordPress Article Content The first thing I download on a new Windows machine – after Chrome, of course – is PuTTY. This tried-and-true OpenSSH client has served millions of devs quite well for the past twenty years and I’m sure it will still remain a favorite but Microsoft has added its own ssh client to Windows, a move that points to more openness on the part of Redmond. The folks at ServeTheHome have found a way to install the software now on your own machine. It’s still in beta but ...

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Ten predictions for digital media in 2018

Source: Ten predictions for digital media in 2018 Begin: WordPress Article Content 1. There will be blood in the escalating battle amongst premium OTT video giants, as the market becomes over-saturated, early winners and losers are declared and Netflix finds itself increasingly in everyone’s lines of sight — including Disney’s and Apple’s. Originals continue to be the primary weapon used on the OTT video battlefront, extending digital media’s “New Golden Age” for creators. We already know that traditional pay TV providers like Comcast will enter the fray in 2018, as will Disney, when it launches its own pair of “Netflix ...

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Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview

Source: Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview Begin: WordPress Article Content At the Microsoft Ignite Conference in September, Microsoft let it be known it was going to be a player in the future of quantum computing, and today the company took another step toward that goal when it released a preview of its quantum computing development kit. The kit includes all of the pieces a developer needs to get started including a Q# language and compiler, a Q# library, a local quantum computing simulator, a quantum trace simulator and a Visual Studio extension. This is a preview, so it’s ...

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Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses

Source: Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses Begin: WordPress Article Content Tencent’s overseas investment splurge continues after the company confirmed a deal with Spotify that will see the duo make investments in each other’s music businesses. Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), the Chinese firm’s subsidiary that manages its music streaming and karaoke services, will make an undisclosed minority investment in Spotify through new shares, while Spotify will buy a similar undisclosed stake in TME. Further to that, Tencent will make its own investment in Spotify by purchasing secondary shares from existing backers. “Following these transactions, Spotify will ...

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