The Malmo Collaborative AI Challenge

  We are pleased to announce The Malmo Collaborative AI Challenge – a challenge aimed to foster research towards AI agents that learn to collaborate with others, including people. The Challenge uses Project Malmo, an AI experimentation platform built on top of Minecraft. It takes the form of a collaborative mini-game – the Malmo Pig…

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If you’re not using your Infrastructure turn if off! Saving costs on Azure

One of the most common questions I get is How does Azure charge for my VM? Azure charges an hourly price based on the VM’s size and operating system. For partial hours, Azure charges only for the minutes of use. So if your virtual machine ran for less than an hour, you will be charged…

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6 Weeks of AI starting April 4th 2017

Artificial Intelligence is revolutionising and disrupting how business is done and the implications will create significant challenges and opportunities for you and your business. The Microsoft UK team are launching a new series of videos that is aimed at explaining some of the key technologies that make up the field of Artificial Intelligence, the series…

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Imperial College London – Health Hack helping Cystic Fibrosis

  Guest Post by Simon Jackson Microsoft Valued Professional for Xbox What is the ICHealthHack? Quote from the ICHealthHack site: Imperial College is a leading university with world-class engineering and medicine faculties. Health Hack brings our community together to work on ideas which require interdisciplinary excellence. We are focused on serious games in the public…

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Microsoft QnA Maker–Creating a Bot for answering frequently asked questions

  Microsoft QnA Maker Overview One of the basic requirements in writing your own Bot service is to seed it with questions and answers. In many cases, the questions and answers already exist in content like FAQ URLs/documents, etc. Microsoft QnA Maker is a free, easy-to-use, REST API and web-based service that trains AI to…

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Azure GPU Tensorflow Step-by-Step Setup

The following guide has been developed in collaboration with my colleague at Microsoft Christine Matheney and our work at Oxford and Stanford University. This guide will walk you through running your code on GPUs in Azure. Before we start, it cannot be stressed enough: do not leave the VM running when you are not using…

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Learning more about the Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine 4th April 6pm–7pm

Public webinar on DSVM This webinar focuses on demonstrating how the Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) in Microsoft Azure conveniently enables key end-to-end data analytics scenarios by providing users immediate access to a collection of the top data science and development tools of the industry, completely pre-configured, with worked out examples and sample code. We…

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World-class HPC on demand, Azure allows you to simulate complex models without having to manage infrastructure.

You may want to run lots of computations, such as a parameter study or Monte-Carlo run. Running a high-performance computing simulation that needs high-bandwidth, low-latency (< 3 microsecond) supercomputer networking to scale to hundreds of cores is uniquely possible on Microsoft Azure. So you can have whatever cluster you want, lots of basic machines, or…

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Using F# to write serverless Azure functions

Guest post by Thomas Denney Microsoft Student Partner at the University of Oxford. Over the last few years cloud providers have shifted from offering Infrastructure-as-a-Service to Platform-as-a-Service, helping to reduce the knowledge required to maintain web apps and increase abstraction over maintenance and scaling. Function-as-a-Service, also known as serverless, is the next stage of abstraction,…

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Comparing Azure to AWS a quick guide to the key differences

  One the question I get from academics and students is how does Microsoft Azure services compare to Amazon Web Services (AWS)? At Microsoft we have built the following resources where you can compare the IT capabilities of Azure and AWS services across the following categories. Azure and AWS for multicloud solutions Marketplace Compute Storage…

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