Harness the Power of Data With Azure Data Lake

The modern enterprise generates huge amounts of data and requires state-of-the-art tools to store, analyze, and derive actionable meaning from that data. Mainstream open-source options like Apache Hadoop, Spark, and Storm are powerful but have a big learning curve and impose significant ongoing operational burdens. Azure Data Lake combines these powerful tools with flexible, approachable…

Can Microsoft Beat Slack at its Own Game?

It was less than two months ago that rumors of a Microsoft competitor to Slack, the messaging app popular in tech and other creative industries, began leaking to the public. Microsoft Teams has been quick to market, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announcing Wednesday that commercial customers in 181 countries are now previewing the app.…

Learn About Azure Container Services

Azure Container Services is one of the hottest implementations of Containers-as-a-Service for many reasons. Unlike many other CaaS implentations, ACS is pure Docker, yet it is fully backed and supported by many popular tools for Azure administration. When deployed, it is production ready, secure, and easily scaled. This one-hour webinar will demonstrate the power and…

Windows 10 ‘Creators Update’ Will Include New 3D, Virtual Reality Features

Setting its sights squarely on the creative professionals who have typically been drawn to Apple products, Microsoft has dubbed its upcoming Windows 10 release the ‘Creators Update‘ and packed it with 3D and VR features. Announced at a Microsoft press event in New York on Wednesday, the next major update to Windows 10 will be…

Microsoft Releases Updated Cognitive Toolkit

Microsoft has released a beta version of its updated Cognitive Toolkit, the deep learning technology that its developers use to train computer systems in speech and image recognition. Available on Github under an open source license, the toolkit is the same one Microsoft researchers used to create a speech recognition system that could recognize words…

Two New IoT Starter Kits to Take for a Spin

Some news for the Makers out there: Microsoft and its partners have updated the line of IoT starter kits based on Windows 10 IoT Core. Two new options are available to help you kick off your IoT projects. The Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 3, from Adafruit, is an update to the…

Microsoft Computer Can Transcribe Conversations As Well As a Human

SkyNet may be only a few steps away. Microsoft researchers say they have come up with a technology that can recognize words in a recorded conversation just as well as an actual human being would, claiming victory over a problem computer scientists have been working on for decades. The company’s Artificial Intelligence and Research division…

An Introduction to Azure IoT Suite

The growing universe of smart devices provides us with an immense amount of data that can be analyzed to improve productivity and, ultimately, our quality of life. But what’s the best way to reliably and securely collect that data? In an insightful new webinar, Wintellect Principal Architect Josh Lane provides an overview of the technology behind…

Creating Page Files for Spectron Tests

Now that we’ve got Spectron working, let’s add some more to it to help with our testing. One way of doing end-to-end testing is to have a separate file that contains our page objects and any helper functions specific to that page. This will help the readability and maintainability of our tests. The latest code…

How to Use Microsoft’s Project Rome for a Seamless Cross-Device Experience

Taking the ‘universal’ part of the Universal Windows Platform to the next level, Microsoft’s Project Rome focuses on having apps function continuously and harmoniously across devices. A new Microsoft tutorial shows how that might work for your app. Microsoft is highlighting two key features of its Remote Systems API for the Windows Anniversary Update: 1)…