Microsoft has announced the formation of the Microsoft AI and Research Group, which will be led by Harry Shum. Several of the company’s engineering leaders and teams will join the newly formed group including Information Platform, Cortana, Bing, Ambient Computing and Robotics teams led by David Ku, Derrick Connell and Vijay Mital. All combined, the Microsoft AI and Research Group will encompass AI product engineering, basic and applied research labs as well as New Experiences and Technologies (NExT).
The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide.
The companies will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure. These new services will provide advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.
Microsoft has announced an update for SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). The SSDT 16.4 release adds support for Schema Compare in SqlPackage.exe and, as an API, Integrated Workspace Mode for SSDT Tabular. The release also includes a number of bug fixes.
Microsoft has announced the release of update 3.0 for StorSimple 8000 series. The update improves read and write performance to the cloud, enables the standby controller on the 8000 series physical appliance to perform space reclamation and enhancements to the monitoring charts available on the StorSimple Management Service.
Microsoft has announced that Azure and Office 365 are available from new datacentre regions in the United Kingdom (London and Cardiff). These new regions are intended to help businesses in industries such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare meet regulatory requirements and the need for local data residency and replication for business continuity.