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Microsoft AI news: Making AI easier, simpler, more responsible

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We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Today is a big day for AI announcements from Microsoft, both from this week's Build conference and beyond. But one common theme bubbles over consistently: For AI to become more useful for business applications, it needs to be easier, simpler, more explainable, more accessible and, most of all, responsible. Responsible AI is actually at the heart of a lot of today's Build news, John Montgomery, corporate vice president of Azure AI, told VentureBeat. Most notable is Azure Machine Learning's preview of a responsible AI dashboard, which brings together capabilities in use over the past 18 months, such as data explorer, model interpretability, error analysis, counterfactual and causal inference analysis, into a single view.


How AI makes developers' lives easier, and helps everybody learn to develop software

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Ever since Ada Lovelace, a polymath often considered the first computer programmer, proposed in 1843 using holes punched into cards to solve mathematical equations on a never-built mechanical computer, software developers have been translating their solutions to problems into step-by-step instructions that computers can understand. Today, AI-powered software development tools are allowing people to build software solutions using the same language that they use when they talk to other people. These AI-powered tools translate natural language into the programming languages that computers understand. "That allows you, as a developer, to have an intent to accomplish something in your head that you can express in natural language and this technology translates it into code that achieves the intent you have," Scott said. "That's a fundamentally different way of thinking about development than we've had since the beginning of software."


Microsoft Power Automate Fundamentals

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On this training you will learn the basic concepts for Microsoft and Azure Cloud to understand the concepts and features to design and plan your Power Automate Implementation for your Business. Microsoft Power Platform is a line of business intelligence, app development, and app connectivity software applications. Microsoft developed the Power Fx low-code programming language for expressing logic across the Power Platform. It also provides integrations with GitHub and Teams. Power Automate is a versatile automation platform that integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps and services. Power Automate can be used to get notifications, synchronize files, approve requests, collect data, and much more.


What's next for the Microsoft Cloud

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Unsurprisingly, 2021 was big for Microsoft's cloud services. And 2022 is expected to be even bigger, with Microsoft, the No. 2 enterprise public-cloud provider, on pace to build 50 to 100 new datacenters per year. But what, exactly, is the Microsoft Cloud? It's not a single SKU or service that customers can purchase. Nor is it synonymous with Azure.


New ways to add intelligence to your Power Apps

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Companies like yours are using AI Builder to automate tasks, increase productivity, and gain insights about their business. At Ignite we unveiled new features for AI Builder, which dramatically increase the ways you can use AI in Power Apps, making it easier than ever to add more kinds of intelligence to your business solutions. Let's walk through these in more detail. Until now, the only way you could use AI in your canvas app was through our five AI Builder controls. This worked, but the controls were limited in the ways you could customize them, and only supported five of our sixteen AI model types.


Microsoft Ignite 2021: Cloud, the Metaverse, and More Cross Company Capabilities

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It is easy to give credit to the pandemic for the radical acceleration of the digital world. While it is true that it ignited digital transformation, it has always been our destiny to transform the world digitally. Fast moving companies didn't need the pandemic to drive them forward quickly- they just did it. It is quite amazing when we take a step back and realize where we were five years ago and where we are now. I sleep, eat, and breathe the tech world, and for 30 years, a unique characteristic of technology and innovation is that it comes in waves, radically accelerated by certain factors.


Enhancing AI for Low Code Development with AI Builder

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The Microsoft Power Platform has become an industry leading low-code development platform that enables developers of all skill levels to create unique solutions for business challenges. Infusing AI into solutions can improve processes in many ways, including efficiency, accuracy, and ease of use. As an example, we previously did a demonstration on how AI Builder works seamlessly with Power Automate to create a fully automated document processing solution. At Microsoft Ignite, we announced some exciting new capabilities we are releasing for AI Builder. These new features will further enable Power Platform developers to utilize AI for their business solutions.


How AI Is Altering Software Development with AI-Augmentation

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"Software is eating the world," Marc Andreessen so famously observed in 2011. Yet now in 2021, it's time to add a new phrase to his famous truism: "and artificial intelligence is eating software." Clearly, artificial intelligence will alter the software business at every level: how applications will function, how they'll evolve, even how they're sold. But likely the most revolutionary of these changes is how applications are created. The AI technology driving this change is called various things, but the phrase "AI-Augmented software engineering" is as good as any.


Best Microsoft technical certification 2021: Top exams

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Getting a grip on technologies from tech giants is one of the best ways to stay ahead of the curve, redefine your career, and help make you a star employee. Microsoft certifications are one way to achieve this and it can be rewarding for you and your employer. Microsoft remains at the forefront of the IT industry and its technologies, from the cloud, to identity and authentication, cybersecurity, ERP, and CRM. Windows 10 desktops and servers will remain widely deployed for the foreseeable future. And that means there's work to be done, which in the enterprise often involves some mix of Microsoft technologies across Dynamics ERP/CRM, Azure AI, and IoT.


From low code to no code: Azure GPT-3 and Microsoft's Power Platform

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Microsoft has been making major investments in very large language models, from the hardware to run them in Azure (which it talks about as an'AI supercomputer') to the DeepSpeed library that speeds up training and running machine-learning models with billions of parameters by spreading them across multiple GPUs. In 2020, Microsoft got an exclusive licence for the powerful (and sometimes controversial) GPT-3 natural language generation model from OpenAI, which uses 175 billion parameters to produce what can look very much like something written by a person. OpenAI has a GPT-3 API that's trained and run on Azure, but it's in private beta and researchers and academics have to apply individually to join a waitlist. Similarly, Microsoft hasn't yet started even a private preview for what it calls the Open AI GPT and Azure Service and the page to sign up for notifications says there is no release date yet. But Microsoft is already using GPT-3 and other natural language generation in its products for features that are much more sophisticated than writing automatic captions for images.