When IoT and AI come together to make buildings smarter, anything can happen. Microsoft’s campus is a great playground for developing and testing solutions such as project “Garcon”.

Ganesh and Olivier give us a quick walkthrough and demo of the project, including the infamous “tell me a joke” one.

Would you like to know what it takes to create great .NET class libraries? Confused about .NET Standard, .NET Core, and .NET Framework?

Watch this talk to learn how you can easily support multiple platforms with .NET Standard and no compromises, thanks to via multi-targeting. We’ll also cover the other aspects, such as versioning, strong naming, and binding redirects.

Microsoft and Apple- both these tech giants brought computers to the fingertips of people all around the world. Both got their start around the same time and both became iconic worldwide brands in a short period of time. Both diversified in different directions yet still competed fiercely for market share.

Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft. So, while I do have a personal opinion, I thought this was an interesting fresh look at the age old question: Mac or PC. 🙂

.NET Conf is streaming to a device near you September 12th – 14th! Watch this FREE, 3 day virtual developer event co-organized by the .NET community and Microsoft. Over the course of the three days you have a wide selection of live sessions with speakers from the community and .NET product teams.

In this episode, Beth Massi – Product Marketing Manager for .NET, gives us a sneak peak of this year’s conference and its new format.

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The Windows Community Toolkit is a collection of helper functions, custom controls, and app services.

In this video, Senior Program Manager Nikola Metulev (@metulev) comes on the show to give us a walk through some of the useful tools inside of the toolkit

  • [01:19] – Getting started with the Windows Community Toolkit
  • [02:10] – Exploring the controls
  • [04:25] – A look at the WebView control
  • [06:28] – New controls for UWP
  • [07:14] – The Animation APIs
  • [13:27] – Microsoft Graph controls
  • [15:18] – Services provided in the toolkit
  • [19:58] – Getting started resources

 

The 4th of July holiday tomorrow marks the 242nd year since the United States declared independence from Great Britain. July 1st, aside from being Canada Day, also marks the start of the new fiscal year at Microsoft.

To commemorate a festive week, here’s a quick little video I rendered. 🙂

In my previous post, I featured a video on Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK). If you’ve not heard of it, CNTK is a production-grade, open-source, deep-learning library. It’s the toolkit behind a Microsoft’s many AI initiatives.

CNTK embraces fully open development, is available on GitHub, and provides support for both Windows and Linux. The latest release packs in several enhancements: most notably Python/C++ API support, easy-to-onboard tutorials (as Python notebooks) and examples, and an easy-to-use Layers interface.

These enhancements, combined with unparalleled scalability on NVIDIA hardware, were demonstrated by both NVIDIA at SuperComputing 2016 and Cray at NIPS 2016.

These enhancements from the CNTK supported Microsoft in its recent breakthrough in speech recognition, reaching human parity in conversational speech.

The toolkit is used in all kinds of deep learning, including image, video, speech, and text data. The speakers will discuss the current features of the toolkit’s release and its application to deep learning projects.