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Create Amazing Location Based Services with Azure

With increasing penetration of internet, almost all aspects of our daily lives are getting connected and accessed online. From booking a table for dinner to booking a hotel room, there are hundreds of smartphone apps today that help to make the process easier.

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New Public Preview app for Azure users
Microsoft launched the Public Preview add-on in its vase Azure Location Based Services. This is a wide portfolio containing several innovative geospatial service APIs, which can be easily integrated with Azure.

This has provided an excellent opportunity for developers to create advanced location-based apps and IoT. It is also helpful for creating solutions for logistic, tracking and asset management. Currently, the services include Map Rendering, Search, Routing, Traffic and Time Zones. The company has partnered with TomTom and collaborated with corporate customers, Microsoft has integrated the native location capabilities into its Azure cloud platform.

What Makes the New Azure Location Based Services from Microsoft so Useful?

Extensive solutions
The Azure LBS from Microsoft consists of an innovative set of geospatial services, in combination with a total set on global geography.

Azure Cloud Standards Compliant
The Azure LBS is designed to be easily integrated into the Azure cloud. This ensures optimum privacy, efficient usability, global access and efficient localization.

Secure Authentication
The Azure LBS solutions use advanced key-based authentication systems. Creating an Azure LBS account helps to get two authentication keys automatically. These are useful in authenticating requests to the several Azure servers located worldwide.

Easy to Use
Using Azure LBS solutions after creating the account and getting the authentication keys becomes fairly simple. You simply need to place parameters on your URL request, which helps to get relevant and faster results.

Highlights and Advantages of Azure Location Based Services
These are the distinct advantages you get when you integrate the innovative Azure LBS into your cloud-based management system:

Azure Map Control
This is a JavaScript-based web control. It has built-in abilities to select and display Azure LBS vector map tiles, draw data on it, and interact with the map. The user can simply click on a point on the map and the map control searches for the relevant business at the location.

Render Service
The Azure LBS Render service allows users to request vector-based map tiles and render the data and apply styling according to client specification. This service also provides raster maps. These are efficient to embed a map image into the app or web page.

Routing Service
The Azure LBS Routing Service is designed to get directions to your destination. This service is able to provide ideal directions, using the extensive map data available and combining it with various scenarios. The system can help to choose the fastest, shortest and most congestion-free route to your destination.

Search Service
The Azure LBS Search Service is best-suited for use in geocoding, POI searches and for reverse geocoding.

Traffic Service
The Azure LBS Traffic Service is designed to provide real-time and updated reports on traffic on a specified route, according to the user’s query.

Time Zone Service
The Azure LBS Time Zone Service is an efficient way to know the time zones and the exact time in locations all across the globe.

These innovative services make the new Azure Location Based Services API one of the most innovative and useful tools for companies and enterprises who wish to provide better help with a location for users.

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Microsoft takes Machine Learning to next level: Forays into sports and agriculture sectors

There is little doubt in the minds of the programmers that Machine learning also commonly referred to as Artificial Intelligence (AI) would bring about a tectonic change across industry verticals and the way businesses would benefit by leveraging their capabilities.

Microsoft has already realised the potential of Machine learning and is making sincere efforts in utilising it’s weight to help businesses in sectors such as education, agriculture, healthcare, fraud detection, public services and even sports to increase their productivity.

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Microsoft has very recently unveiled a unique platform which uses Machine learning (Artificial intelligence) that will help the sports administrators in predicting the cricket scores more accurately even when the cricket matches are affected by weather conditions. Besides prediction of match scores accurately sports administrators can also use this new platform for managing a host of other sports related activities.

This cricketing platform uses Machine learning where in it allows the programmers to include multiple parameters such as playing conditions, weather, nature of the cricket pitch and ground skill level of the batsmen and bowlers so as to predict the match scores more definitively and accurately.

According to Microsoft the power of Machine learning is immense and it can be utilised effectively for the sports industry for not merely predicting the scores of the matches but also predicting other match related eventualities such as monitoring real time player conditions on the field so as to be prepared for any sort of eventualities such as player injuries also.

Apart from the sports industry Public Services sector and Agriculture also form a key area for Microsoft to utilise Machine learning capabilities.

Microsoft has recently entered into a deal with the Andhra Pradesh government to use Machine Learning to analyse and predict the school drop outs rate and reasons and take necessary preventive measures.

Similarly, in the month of June Microsoft partnered with International Crops Research Institute to develop a “sowing app” that provides crucial information to the farmers related to the reasons for crop failures and their preventive actions and methods to increase the crop yield.

Microsoft continues to believe in the capabilities of Machine learning (Artificial Intelligence) and would strive to help the businesses in Public and Private sectors to increase their efficiency and thereby their productivity.

 

Source: –  MicrosoftAzure

Why Facebook considers Office 365 an important platform for it’s business?

Not so long ago, precisely on July 12 ,2016 at the Microsoft Worldwide conference held in Toronto Canada, Tim Campos CIO of Facebook was quoted as saying “Microsoft got cool again”.
This quote coming from the CIO of Facebook was in reference to the recently inked deal between Facebook and Microsoft where in Facebook agreed to use Microsoft Office 365 for it’s 13000 employees spread across the world.
So why did Facebook choose Office 365 platform over a host of other available Cloud platforms.

The answer to this lies in two simple words: –
1) Productivity
2) Security

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According to Facebook CIO from now onwards 13000 Facebook employees spread across the globe will be able to work in an efficient and collaborative way. Facebook is known for providing a great amount of flexibility to it’s employees in the respect to the place and the way it’s employees choose to work. In other words, Facebook employees collaborate everything online sitting at different corners of the world and Office 365 will only help them to achieve their goal of flexibility.

Office 365 will enable the employees at Facebook to access the files, data and other relevant information over the web, mobile and across various platforms wherever they need it in a more secured environment.

Enhancing Productivity
One of the most desired demand of the enterprises and businesses is to enhance their productivity and collaboration and Facebook is no different.

Office 365 makes it easier for it’s users to access and share their resources on any platform/device from any place in the world in a safe and secured environment. Multiple users can work simultaneously on a given file/document in a collaborative fashion which would only enhance the productivity of the organization.
Security is of paramount importance Office 365 encompasses a host of applications such as One Drive, One Note, Outlook etc. This suite of applications provided by Office 365 relies on Azure Active Directory which again is a Cloud offering from Microsoft. Furthermore, Microsoft has also provided an added layer of security named Data Loss Prevention for both SharePoint and Exchange.
And of course Facebook will now no longer have to worry about security since in SaaS based model which Office 365 is, the responsibility of providing a secure environment shifts to the vendor in this case Microsoft.

Some other out of the box intelligent features provided by Office suite that Facebook can put to it’s use is the Microsoft Graph which provides analytical data about how it’s employees interact and collaborate with each other.

Thus it would be interesting to see how Facebook’s confidence in Office 365 will translate into some business for Microsoft and help it increase the outreach of it’s productivity suite among other tech giants.