Microsoft plans to include more artificial intelligence capabilities within Windows 10 soon. The software giant is introducing a new artificial intelligence platform for developers today, which will be available in the next big Windows 10 update available this spring. The new Microsoft platform will allow all developers who create applications in Windows 10 to take advantage of existing models of pre-trained machine learning in applications.
The platform will allow developers to create more powerful applications for consumers running Windows 10. Developers can import existing learning models from different AI platforms and run them locally on PCs and Windows 10 devices, accelerating real-time data analysis Local as images or video, or even improve the tasks in the background, such as indexing files to search quickly within applications. Microsoft has already been using AI in Office 365, within the Windows 10 Photos application, and even with its Windows Hello facial recognition to allow Windows 10 users to log into computers and laptops with their faces.
Microsoft's artificial intelligence platform will support a variety of hardware
Microsoft's Windows Machine Learning model is designed to run on several different devices, including laptops, PCs, Internet of Things devices, servers, data centers, and HoloLens headsets. AI processors, such as Intel's Movidius VPU, will also be compatible, and the Microsoft platform will optimize tasks for available hardware. Essentially, Microsoft promises that Windows will take care of the hassle of worrying about learning models from older hardware processing machines, rather than developers having to consider the impact on the performance of their applications.
Developers will be able to take an early look at the artificial intelligence platform on Windows with Visual Studio Preview 15.7, and Microsoft plans to reveal more about the platform on its Windows developer day today and at the company's Build conference in May. We hope that Microsoft will show some of the direct improvements of AI for future versions of Windows in Build, to show consumers exactly how this new platform will improve applications.