Microsoft announces Visual Studio IntelliCode, Live Share, and more

Microsoft is kicking off its Build 2018 conference today, and while there's been news about Microsoft 365, Azure features like Project Kinect, and new apps for firstline workers, it's a developer conference, so there's some Visual Studio news as well.

One of developers' favorite features in Visual Studio is IntelliSense, and today Microsoft announced IntelliCode. The feature is designed to use artificial intelligence to offer intelligent suggestions that will improve productivity and the quality of your code.

Additionally, the company announced Live Share. Just like the name says, you can use it for real-time collaboration between both Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. It can be used with "any language for any scenario", and both features are available in preview today.

Microsoft also announced during its keynote that it's partnering with GitHub, and it is bringing Azure DevOps services to GitHub customers. This also means that Visual Studio App Center will be available on GitHub via its marketplace.

And with Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft is "enabling a seamless experience with Visual Studio Team Services projects for AKS", along with introducing AKS for Azure IoT Edge. Azure Kubernetes Service will be generally available in the coming weeks, and will integrate with developer tools, Ci/CD, networking, monitoring tools in the Azure portal, and more so developers don't have to stitch services together.

Speaking of the Azure IoT Edge Runtime, Microsoft announced today that it will be open-sourcing the product today, so developers can modify and debug it. Custom Vision is also coming to Azure IoT Edge, so devices like drones can take action quickly without having to be connected to the cloud. In fact, Microsoft announced a partnership with DJI to create an SDK for Windows 10 PCs, to bring flight control and real-time data transfer between drones and PCs.

And we're not done with the Azure IoT Edge news, as Microsoft is also partnering with Qualcomm to create an AI developer kit using the product. Developers will be able to take advantage of the Qualcomm AI Engine and the Vision Intelligence Platform, along with Microsoft services like Azure Machine Learning.

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