Microsoft's new tools help devs manage cloud deployments on the go

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Hopes of new Surface hardware were dashed at day one of the annual conference, with the software behemoth instead focusing on Cortana, Artificial Intelligence, the IoT, and how best to organize the cloud when the levels of data being generated are growing exponentially.

This feature is now available to all Azure users. In addition to the existing Azure Active Directory, Outlook (mail, calendar and contacts), Office 365 groups, OneDrive drives and files and Excel, there are also APIs for Planner, OneNote and SharePoint sites now.

Microsoft's vision of artificial intelligence is to make those capabilities "available to everyone, from developers and data scientists to tech enthusiasts and students", Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft's AI and research group, said yesterday in a blog post. Microsoft initially made Microsoft Graph generally available in November 2015, and has been focused on making Microsoft Graph more consumable by developers since that time. These paid services will give developers more choice and flexibility on the platform. Those services include Bing Custom Search, Custom Vision Service, Custom Decision Service and Video Indexer.

By making bots and publishing to the Cortana channel of the Microsoft Bot Framework. Announced past year, the framework now has more than 130,000 registered developers. For example, one new offering unveiled yesterday, Presentation Translator, will use Microsoft's Translation APIs to enable real-time translations in a variety of languages during PowerPoint presentations.

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The company also took the wraps off Azure Cosmos DB, which it's calling "the industry's first globally distributed, multimodel database service" with 99th-percentile uptime and millisecond latency.

Now in private preview, Microsoft's Azure Batch AI Training is the new Azure offering. Meanwhile, Microsoft is hoping to snag some former Oracle and SQL Server customers, with new database migration tools. Cosmos DB is designed for "planet-scale" applications, giving developers fine control over the replication policies and reliability. The company describes Cosmos DB as "schema agnostic", performing automatic indexing of data regardless of how it's structured and scaling to hundreds of trillions of transactions per day.

At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced a new feature for the Azure Portal, its central dashboard for managing applications that run on Azure.

Enlarge / Animation showing Azure Cloud Shell embedded into the Azure documentation and running a command. But there was plenty for the developers who will build new apps and services used by businesses and consumers. In coming days, apps in Teams will be more discoverable. Capable of working with Office 365, Dynamics 365, Microsoft Teams and other services, Tact will turn "any connected device into an AI-powered virtual sales assistant", Microsoft said.

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