At last week’s Microsoft Ignite conference, I heard a lot about Open Data; even more about security, including both tools and operations; and much about how Office 365 is evolving. But there were also some broader themes I found interesting. AI is Everywhere, and Being Used More Than You Think It seems like AI has been the focus of every trade show and every vendor conference this year, and Ignite was no exception. And, like many vendors, one of the big trends at Ignite was the “democratization of AI.” At Ignite, a big theme was “Everyday AI.” It was visible in the new tools in Office, such as the Designer tools in PowerPoint, which suggest new looks for your presentation; the ideas in Excel that suggest different chart formats; and the Focused Inbox feature within Outlook. The effort is mostly aimed at developers. Dave Forstrom, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Communications for AI, told me that 1.2 million developers have used one or more of Microsoft’s cognitive services and 340,000 developers have used bot services. One big focus is making these tools available to citizen developers, so that they too can enable AI features, be these connections to services such as… Read full this story
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