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AI takes centre stage at Microsoft Ignite 2018

Company demonstrates how AI, IoT and edge computing can be leveraged to provide a more secure, productive and intelligent workplace

AI takes centre stage at Microsoft Ignite 2018
Microsoft announced an Open Data Initiative with Adobe and SAP aiming to create a single data model for user data that is portable between platforms.

Microsoft has announced a new ‘AI for Humanitarian Action’ program aimed at leveraging artificial intelligence technology for disaster recovery, helping children, protecting refugees and displaced people, and promoting respect for human rights.

The announcement was made at Ignite 2018, the company’s annual gathering currently taking place in Orlando, Florida.

Microsoft has also announced a range of new products and services with AI a major recurring theme at this year’s event.  

“In this era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, businesses in every industry are looking for a trusted partner to help them transform,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “We are pushing the bounds in AI, edge computing and IoT, while providing end-to-end security to empower every organization to build its own digital capability and thrive in this new era.”

Among the new products is Microsoft Secure Score, a dynamic report card that assesses Microsoft 365 customer environments and makes recommendations that can reduce breaches up to thirtyfold, and Microsoft Authenticator, which helps make secure sign-on easier for workers with features like password-free login.

The company’s leadership also shared how AI can be used for good, which is also the guiding principles used in creating all the new AI and data products and initiatives shared at the event.

Also introduced was an Open Data Initiative with Adobe and SAP to help companies more effectively utilise their data to make better decisions with the help of AI.

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