Microsoft makes applications smarter with Project Oxford updates

As the cloud and mobile computing revolutions continue trucking along, people are coming to expect greater intelligence from the applications that they use. With people getting more used to taking advantage of things like Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant or Apple’s Siri, meanwhile, app developers have a huge opportunity to use similar systems in order to drive engagement. 

Microsoft’s Project Oxford is a suite of cloud services designed to help provide that intelligence for applications without requiring developers to build the complicated machine vision and learning algorithms that are necessary for powering those experiences. On Monday, the company announced that Project Oxford’s Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) is available as a public beta, making it available to more developers worldwide.

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Wal-Mart wants to deliver by drone, too

Wal-Mart has applied for permission to begin testing home delivery by drones — a move intended to ensure that online rivals Amazon and Google don’t corner the much-hyped market before it gets off the ground.

In an application submitted  Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration, Wal-Mart asked for permission to begin outdoor trails of drone technology and revealed it has been conducting indoor tests for several months.

The company said it is interested in researching the use of drones both within its supply chain and as a way of delivering goods to customers.

It plans to use two models of drone, both from China’s DJI: a DJI Phantom 3 and DJI S900.

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Microsoft makes apps smarter with Project Oxford updates

As the cloud and mobile computing revolutions continue, users are coming to expect greater intelligence from the applications that they use. With people getting more used to taking advantage of things like Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant or Apple’s Siri, meanwhile, app developers have an opportunity to use similar systems in order to drive engagement. 

Microsoft’s Project Oxford is a suite of cloud services designed to help provide that intelligence for applications without requiring developers to build the complicated machine vision and learning algorithms that are necessary for powering those experiences. On Monday, the company announced that Project Oxford’s Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) is available as a public beta, making it available to more developers worldwide.

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