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on Jun 23, 2021
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Coming to grips with machine learning needn’t require vast amounts of labeled data, a team of data scientists, and a lot of compute time. The state of the art in modern artificial intelligence has reached a point where there are now models that are sufficiently general purpose (within their own domains, of course) that they […]

on Jun 16, 2021
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We live in a world where more and more of our personal information is held online. It’s often a single source of truth about us, the place where health information and financial records are stored and managed, used to make decisions about what we can and can’t do. Critical business records are stored online, finally […]

on Jun 9, 2021
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Low-code development tools like Microsoft’s Power Platform are more than a way for users to build the apps they need when they need them. They’re a way to rapidly building code that’s needed urgently. You only have to look at the application my local general practitioner partnership, along with others in this part of London, […]

on Jun 2, 2021
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Microsoft’s annual developer event Build mixes education with new product announcements across its three main developer platforms: .NET and Windows, Azure, and the Power Platform. There’s always a lot of other news, too, with previews going into general availability and new features being added to existing platforms and services. Then there’s the bigger picture, with […]

on May 25, 2021
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If you’re building cloud-native applications you need a reliable, efficient data platform. Reliable microservices need a way to store state, whether in NoSQL key/value systems or massively scalable SQL databases. It’s no different in Azure, and Microsoft has been building out its cloud data offering during the past few years to give developers a mix […]

on May 19, 2021
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With machine learning (ML) at the heart of much of modern computing, the interesting question is: How do machines learn? There’s a lot of deep computer science in machine learning, producing models that use feedback techniques to improve and training on massive data sets to construct models that can use statistical techniques to infer results. […]

on May 5, 2021
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If there’s one lesson we’ve learned from a rapid shift to remote working, it’s that collaboration relies on real-time connections between applications. If you’re sharing a document with a colleague, you want to be able to see what they’re working on and when. In education, shared whiteboards allow teachers to encourage students to show what […]

on Apr 28, 2021
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The Pulumi IaC (infrastructure-as-code) platform takes an interesting route to delivering cloud infrastructures. Instead of using a domain-specific language like Bicep or declarative configurations like Azure’s ARM templates, it offers a way to use familiar, general-purpose computing languages to describe and programmatically construct infrastructures, using an open source platform. You write code in your choice […]

on Apr 14, 2021
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A couple of weeks ago an anonymous Twitter account told the story of an almost-forgotten Microsoft April Fool’s prank, the 1996 seeding of empty boxes of a “Microsoft Coffee” Java development tool across Seattle. Of course, at the time, the pranksters didn’t know that Microsoft was already working on its own Java implementation, Visual J++. […]

on Apr 7, 2021
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It’s not hard to see why Microsoft is investing in WebAssembly. It’s a technology that scratches many different itches. It delivers apps to users, adds rich user interfaces to web applications, and even provides a way to manage and update edge devices. By building on widely distributed web technologies and supporting familiar programming languages, it’s […]