Azure Stack preview reveals Microsoft’s hybrid cloud vision

Azure Stack, Microsoft’s private cloud software built from the same bits used to create the public Azure cloud service, is now available in its third, and likely final, technical preview edition before being released to the public later this year.

TP3 has many new features, but it also clarifies Azure Stack’s pricing structure, and how Microsoft is addressing the specific problems customers are using Azure Stack for.

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IBM’s Watson gets smarter with upgraded speech, language and vision APIs for developers

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IBM has announced that its cognitive intelligence platform Watson has been upgraded with speech, vision and language capabilities, allowing developers to to build smarter apps. On the language side of things, IBM says Watson can now understand ambiguous language in text through a few different modules. The IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier understands meaning, while IBM Watson Dialog makes for more natural app interactions by tailoring language to the style used by a person asking a question. Perhaps more interestingly than that though, the new Visual Insights capabilities promise to allow developers to glean insights from images and videos on…

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