The five biggest announcements at Microsoft Build 2018

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The growth of so-called "edge computing" will see increasingly smarter devices develop, able to do their own local processing before feeding what's important to the cloud.

The Timeline feature in Microsoft Launcher might help the software giant gain more popularity among the users.

Microsoft also announced the new.Net Core 3.0 framework, updates to its Fluent Design System, the MSIX containerization solution to help enterprises convert large catalogs of apps, and new machine learning initiatives. The company announced at Build that it will open-source the Azure IoT Edge Runtime, a move the company says is created to help customers modify the runtime to customize applications. Microsoft Edge users will be able to access Timeline on their Android and iOS devices. Building for AI is more important to developers than ever, as technology continues to change the way people live and work every day, across the cloud and across edge devices.

According to Microsoft, the revenue share will be upped to 95:5 in favor of the developer on all applications sold through the store on consumer Windows 10 devices - which includes Mobile, PC's, Windows Mixed Reality and the Surface Hub. In Seattle, at the company's Build conference, the company is opening up new APIs and tying deeper into SharePoint as well. In combination with Microsoft's Time of Flight sensor and additional sensors, Project Kinect for Azure can be used for hand tracking, high fidelity spacial mapping, and more. Microsoft Azure also now has a unified Speech service which offers improved speech recognition and text-to-speech.

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Meanwhile, Microsoft's fast-growing Azure Cosmos DB is getting updates such as new multi-master capabilities (supporting cloud and edge) and enhanced security through the general availability of support for Microsoft's Virtual Network (VNet) service. The camera can also power advanced Azure services, such as machine learning, stream analytics and cognitive services, that can be downloaded from the cloud to run locally on the edge.

Microsoft is also releasing an update for Visual Studio App Center (via TechCrunch).

At Build 2018 today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled Project Kinect for Azure.

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