Windows To Include Windows ML, A New AI Platform Into Its Next Major Update

Microsoft plans to include more artificial intelligence capabilities in Windows 10 in upcoming updates. The company is releasing a new AI platform, Windows ML for developers which will be available for 10 next major updates from the company. Microsoft will provide a new platform to the app developers on Windows 10 with pre-trained machine learning models in apps. This will help developers in creating better apps to run on Windows 10.
 
The benefits of using AI platform in Windows 10 as stated by the company are–
  • Low latency, real-time results- Windows can perform AI evaluation tasks using the local processing capabilities of the PC, enabling real-time analysis of large local data such as images and video. Results can be delivered quickly and efficiently for use in performance-intensive workloads like game engines, or background tasks such as indexing for search.

  • Reduced operational costs- Together with Microsoft’s Cloud AI platform, developers can build affordable, end-to-end AI solutions that combine training models in Azure with deployment to Windows devices for evaluation. Significant savings can be realized by reducing or eliminating costs associated with bandwidth due to ingestion of large data sets, such as camera footage or sensor telemetry. Complex workloads can be processed in real-time on the edge, with minimal sample data sent to the cloud for improved training on observations.

  • Flexibility- Developers can choose to perform AI tasks on a device or in the cloud based on what their customers & scenarios need. AI processing can happen on the device if it becomes disconnected, or in scenarios where data cannot be sent to the cloud due to cost, size, policy or customer preference.
This new AI platform will enable developers to import other AI models to run locally on their PCs increasing the speed and real-time analysis of the local data like images or video, or other background tasks.
 
 
Source: Microsoft
 
Several companies including Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and AMD have joined hands with Microsoft to enhance the PC experience for the consumers worldwide.
 
Ian Buck, vice president and general manager, Accelerated Computing, at NVIDIA said –
 
“AI acceleration on Window 10 PCs is the latest evidence of how artificial intelligence is becoming ubiquitous in our everyday lives.,”
 
Gary Brotman, Director of Product Management – AI and Machine Learning, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. also shared his views stating–
 
“We’re excited to be collaborating with Microsoft on the Windows ML platform, and helping developers accelerate on-device AI performance on Windows laptops with the Snapdragon 835 AI Engine.”
 
The company also stated that –
 
“We’ve also invested in delivering a great development experience for AI developers on Windows. Starting with Visual Studio Preview 15.7, adding an ONNX file to a UWP project will automatically generate a model interface in your project. For prior versions of Visual Studio, developers can use the MLGen tool to generate the code interface and then manually add it to their projects. This capability will be coming soon to Visual Studio tools for AI as well.”
 
The company tells that for consumers this is just a beginning and will show more intelligence in everyday experience on Windows devices.
 
To learn more about the new AI Platform, you can visit the official Windows Blog here