Microsoft has announced that its Face and Computer Vision APIs and its Content Moderator service have reach general availability. The three tools make it possible for developers to give their apps artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, such as recognizing faces and facial attributes, identifying objects in images and determining if images contain objectionable content.
In addition, Microsoft has incorporated AI abilities into the second Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2017. Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Data Group, called the release "the first RDBMS [relational database management system] with built-in AI." He added, "In this preview release, we are introducing in-database support for a rich library of machine learning functions, and now for the first time Python support (in addition to R. SQL Server can also leverage NVIDIA GPU-accelerated computing through the Python/R interface to power even the most intensive deep-learning jobs on images, text, and other unstructured data. Developers can implement NVIDIA GPU-accelerated analytics and very sophisticated AI directly in the database server as stored procedures and gain orders of magnitude higher throughput."