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Microsoft reveals major new Windows 10 AI program

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Microsoft will soon include more artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities within Windows 10 (opens in new tab) as part of its spring update to the OS. 

The company has unveiled a new AI platform (opens in new tab) called Windows ML to developers who will soon be able to create apps using existing pre-trained machine learning models.

Windows ML will allow apps to be more powerful and developers will even be able to import existing learning models from other AI platforms and run them on Windows 10.  Microsoft is currently using AI to enhance a number of its first-party apps including Office 365, the Windows 10 Photos app and in its Windows Hello facial recognition feature. 

The company's new machine learning (opens in new tab) model has been built from the ground up to work across a wide range of devices including desktops, laptops, IoT devices, datacentres, servers and its own HoloLens headsets.  Intel's Movidius VPU (opens in new tab) and other AI processors will also be supported by the platform and Microsoft will optimise the tasks running on a user's system for the hardware they are using. 

Visual Studio Preview 15.7 will give developers an early chance to see how the new AI platform performs on Windows.  The Windows ML API will also be available this year so that they can start building apps that harness the power of machine learning.

Microsoft plans to offer more details on the platform during its Windows Developer day and during its Build conference in May. 

Image Credit: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock

After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.