Artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly gaining importance, and Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure chief technology officer, believes it’s because of open-source software and the cloud. By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

for Linux and Open Source

| March 8, 2018 — 03:20 GMT (19:20 PST)

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Yes, Microsoft just announced that the next major edition of Windows 10 will support artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). But, marketing hype aside, Microsoft knows darn well that the real heavy lifting for AI and ML happens on the cloud with open-source software.

That was the message Mark Russinovich, Microsoft’s Azure CTO, brought to The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS) in Sonoma, CA. Russinovich opened by saying “AI technologies and techniques are experiencing a renaissance.

Open-source technologies and communities have fostered the growth of self-taught machine learning developers with libraries and frameworks. The computing power of the cloud has made the processing of large data sets cost effective and commonplace.

As more research continues to be done and shared throughout the communities we will continue to see more intelligent apps driving even greater adoption of open-source technologies across all processing platforms.” Specifically, he mentioned two examples where Microsoft is using the cloud and open source to help provide solutions with customers. Read more from…

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