Microsoft reveals slew of Azure enhancements ahead of Build 2019

Microsoft's Build 2019 developer conference doesn't kick off until next week, but the company is getting things started a little early by revealing some enhancements coming to Azure. All told, developers will have new cognitive services to look forward to, along with AI and machine learning enhancements, and more.

In the cognitive services category, Microsoft has revealed a new service category called "Decision." The category is intended to bring new reasoning services for developers to take advantage of, enabling better decision-making. Included in this new category is a service called "Personalizer," for example, which can give users customized recommendations through reinforcement learning.

Additionally, Azure Search is picking up new AI capabilities through the general availability of cognitive search. The new feature allows developers to use cognitive service algorithms in search to give their customers access to "new insights from their structured and unstructured content," Microsoft said in a blog post announcing the feature.

Azure Machine Learning is also getting a boost through integration with Azure DevOps, automation advancements to make developing models easier, and a visual machine learning interface allows for no-code model creation.

Finally, IoT Plug and Play is a new open language that allows IoT devices to be easily connected to the cloud. "Previously, software had to be written specifically for the connected device it supported, limiting the scale of IoT deployments," Microsoft says. "IoT Plug and Play will offer customers a large ecosystem of partner-certified devices that can connect quickly."

This is just a small part of what Microsoft has planned for Build 2019. We'll get a better look at what Microsoft has in store when Build 2019 starts in full on May 6.

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