Virtual Reality Games, Digital Signs & Swedish Apartments Get a Boost with Microsoft AI & Machine Learning

A peek at recent customer stories involving the application of Microsoft AI, Big Data & Machine Learning. Your Voice is the Controller in an Immersive New VR Game from Human Interact Human Interact is a VR storytelling startup based in Champaign, Illinois, and Starship Commander is one their newest VR games. One of the goals… Read more

Using Cortana Intelligence in HoloLens Applications

This post is authored by Scott Haynie, Senior Software Engineer, and Senja Filipi, Software Engineer, at Microsoft. Telemetry plays an important role when you operationalize new experiences/apps that span the web, mobile and IoT, including new gadgets such as the Microsoft HoloLens. The abundance of data that is made available can help developers monitor and… Read more

Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ Session on Big Data & Analytics

We’re excited to host a special Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session next week, focused on big data & analytics. Join us in an interactive conversation with Microsoft engineers who are pushing the state-of-the-art in this space. The session will take place on /r/Azure on Thursday next week, November 17th, between 10AM and 2PM Pacific… Read more

Setting Up Predictive Analytics Pipelines Using Azure SQL Data Warehouse

This post is by Robert Alexander, Solution Architect in the Data Group at Microsoft. Big data is big and getting bigger. Better get used to a whole new set of prefixes beyond peta such as exa, zetta, and yotta. The total amount of data is projected to increase to about 50 zettabytes by 2020, as… Read more

REEF Graduates to a Top-Level Apache Project

This post is authored by Markus Weimer, Principal Scientist, Beysim Sezgin, Principal Engineer, and Hiren Patel, Program Manager, all at Microsoft. Raghu Ramakrishnan, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer for Data, recently shared some behind-the-scenes details of Azure Data Lake. We are excited to share some important news regarding one of those systems today: In November this… Read more

Azure ML Now Available as a Function in Azure Stream Analytics

This post is authored by Sudhesh Suresh, Senior PM at Microsoft. Several Azure customers have asked to combine the real time analytics capabilities in Azure Stream Analytics with the power of Azure ML in quickly building and operationalizing any machine learning model as a web service. We are very excited to announce that this feature… Read more

IMML at Grace Hopper, Houston

This post is authored by Rama Raman, Senior Software Engineer, and Rhonda Phillips, Program Manager, at Microsoft. The Microsoft Information Management & Machine Learning (IMML) team had a strong presence at the Grace Hopper Conference, held recently in Houston. Here’s a short post highlighting some of our team’s activities there. Booth & Presentations Monica Kei,… Read more

Video: What 0-50 million users in 7 days can teach us about big data

This video accompanies our recent blog post on the topic of the viral How-Old.net app and our learnings from that. Watch Joseph Sirosh present a behind-the-scenes peek into the creation of the viral How-Old.net phenomenon at Strata + Hadoop NYC 2015. Joseph talks about how this app reached 50 million users in record time, the… Read more

What 0-50 million users in 7 days can teach us about big data

In July of this year, Satya Nadella shared our broad vision for big data and analytics when he announced the Cortana Analytics Suite. Included in the suite is a collection of perceptual intelligence APIs, such as the face API. These APIs incorporate state of the art algorithms from Microsoft Research for facial detection and recognition,… Read more

The Azure Stream Analytics Query Language

This post is by Janet Yeilding, a Program Manager on the Azure Stream Analytics team, and is based on a recent session from the Microsoft Advanced Analytics webinar series. Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) is a cloud service that enables real-time processing over streams of data flowing in from devices, sensors, websites and other live systems…. Read more