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Microsoft Build 2018, Day 1: Everything that was just announced

The software giant's developer conference kicked off with what's next in AI, cloud computing, machine learning and a Cortana/Alexa friendship in bloom.

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Developers conference season is upon us. Facebook's F8 kicked it off last week with dating, the Oculus Go and AI, AI, AI. And now it's Microsoft's turn. 

Build 2018 kicked off today with the first of two keynotes. The focus of this year's conference shifts from Windows to Microsoft's work on artificial intelligence (AI) systems, machine learning, edge-computing tools and the company's moves to integrate with other platforms including iOS, Android and Amazon Alexa. You can check out all the news below. 

The second day keynote starts Tuesday, May 8, at 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. UK), but it has some competition from the Google I/O conference, which has its keynote the same day at 10:00 a.m. PT. 

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Here's the big news from Microsoft so far:

From our colleagues at ZDNet and Tech Republic:

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Other notes from Build 2018, Day 1:

  • Qualcomm will have a vision AI developer kit running Azure IoT Edge, allowing developers to build camera-based IoT solutions for consumer and commercial use such as home security and machine learning. 
  • Drone maker DJI partnered with Microsoft to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs for "full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities." The two will also develop Azure IoT Edge and AI services for commercial use such as agriculture, construction and infrastructure inspection. (See DJI's demo of the technology.)
  • Microsoft demonstrated Cortana working with Amazon Alexa as "intelligent friends." The two will work together for a greater range of functions from shopping to sending email and managing your calendar to ordering an Uber. It's currently in limited beta, but you can sign up to be notified when the integration is available
  • Microsoft Remote Assist will allow firstline workers, those first in line to help customers, to remotely connect to an expert on Microsoft Teams using a head-mounted display with hands-free video calling and mixed-reality annotation capabilities. (Watch a demo of how it works.)