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Microsoft Updates its Deep Learning Toolkit | Cortana Intelligence and Machine Learning Blog

We are delighted to announce that Microsoft has brought Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit version 2.0 out of beta and is making the first release candidate available today. The toolkit, previously known as CNTK, is a system for deep learning used to speed advances in areas such as speech and image recognition and search relevance on CPUs and NVIDIA® GPUs. Cognitive Toolkit can be used on-premises or in the cloud ...

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Announcing real-time Geospatial Analytics in Azure Stream Analytics | Blog | Microsoft Azure

We recently announced the general availability of Geospatial Functions in Azure Stream Analytics to enable real-time analytics on streaming geospatial data. This will make it possible to realize scenarios such as fleet monitoring, asset tracking, geofencing, phone tracking across cell sites, connected manufacturing, ridesharing solutions, etc. with production grade quality with a few lines of code. The conn ...

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Stacking up the cloud vendors: AWS vs. Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, Oracle

It's not easy tracking the girth of public cloud providers amid run rates, as-a-service sales projections, and a lack of transparency. Here's how AWS stacks up against Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, and Oracle. Amazon Web Services continues to lead the cloud pack as it delivered a 2016 operating profit of $3.1 billion on revenue of $12.22 billion, up from $7.88 billion in 2015. While analysts will fret about ...

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How FICO scores big with cloud-based collaboration and data solutions – Microsoft Enterprise

Data rules everything around us. From traffic lights to medical records, those ones and zeros quickly dictate everything from the ads we see to the music we hear. As more and more organizations adopt big data strategies, we as consumers see exciting new innovations and solutions that leverage these possibilities. Smart phones, driver-less cars—this wave of data analytics brings the future to life in excitin ...

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BMW’s vision for connected cars includes Cortana in your dash | Windows Central

BMW is at CES showing off a range of tech it envisions as part of a connected car experience. While the entire vision is a neat look into where BMW expects the near-future of connected, automated cars to go, one particular inclusion will stick out to Microsoft fans: Cortana. AS shown off as part of CES 2017 demo, BMW sees Cortana living in the car's dash to offer the same voice-activated assistance with whi ...

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Microsoft launches a new cloud platform for connected cars | TechCrunch

Microsoft isn’t building its own connected car — but it is launching a new Azure-based cloud platform for car manufacturers that want to use the cloud to power their own connected-car services. The new Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform will go live as a public preview later this year. “This is not an in-car operating system or a ‘finished product’,” Microsoft’s EVP for business development Peggy Johnson ...

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Rapid Big Data Prototyping with Microsoft R Server on Apache Spark: Context Switching & Spark Tuning – Azure Data Lake Blog

During big data application development stage, it’s common to downsize the problem to the local machine for rapid code prototyping iterations. Developing machine learning models with Microsoft R Server (MRS) allows the user to quickly switch between code execution on the local machine and remote big data clusters such as Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight. In this blog, we will demonstrate how to develop a pre ...

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Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight now generally available | Blog | Microsoft Azure

Today, we are pleased to announce that Apache Spark v1.6.1 for Azure HDInsight is generally available. Since we announced the public preview, Spark for HDInsight has gained rapid adoption and is now 50% of all new HDInsight clusters deployed. With GA, we are revealing improvements we’ve made to the service to make Spark hardened for the enterprise and easy for your users. This includes improvements to the a ...

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Microsoft bets on Apache Spark to power its big data and analytics services

Microsoft today announced that it is making a serious commitment to the open sourceApache Spark cluster computing framework. After dipping its toes into the Spark ecosystem last year, the company today launched a number of Spark-based services out of preview and announced that the on-premises version of R Server for Hadoop (which uses the increasingly popular open source R language for big data analytics an ...

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Why Ford And Microsoft Are Betting On Pivotal Software At A $2.8 Billion Valuation

Ford wants to be known for mobility as much as its cars, and it’s willing to write software companies outsized checks to prove it. Ford announced Thursday it had led a $253 million investment in Pivotal Software, joined by Microsoft MSFT -0.60%, in a deal that values the EMC EMC +1.59%and VMware VMW +0.05% spin-out at $2.8 billion. The investment is part of a broader strategy for Ford to invest in its mobil ...

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