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Accessibility Insights for Android is here 

Today we are announcing the release of Accessibility Insights for Android, a new addition to our family of open source tools that help developers find and fix accessibility issues early in the development process. Adding support for mobile developers has been one of our biggest asks and we are pleased to be able to share...Read more

Microsoft open sources breakthrough optimizations for transformer inference on GPU and CPU 

This post is co-authored by Emma Ning, Azure Machine Learning; Nathan Yan, Azure Machine Learning; Jeffrey Zhu, Bing; Jason Li, Bing One of the most popular deep learning models used for natural language processing is BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers). Due to the significant computation required, inferencing BERT at high scale can be extremely...Read more

In-cluster CNAB management with Brigade 

Next week is KubeCon North America 2019, but we wanted to give you an early preview of one of the things we’ll be showing. Over the last few years, we’ve been working on tools for the cloud native ecosystem. From Helm and Brigade to Porter and Rudr, each tool we have built is designed to stand on its own. But our vision...Read more

Helm 3: Simpler and more secure 

Ecosystem complexity increases every time we look around, our dizzying panoply of choices multiplies by the day, and (now, as always) we need a way to find, share, and operate applications reliably, in production, and at scale. What’s a busy Kubernetes user to do? Helm is the well-known and much-used package manager for Kubernetes. If...Read more

Ansible 2.9: Azure shared image galleries, Azure collection, and new modules 

With the release of Ansible 2.9, Microsoft furthers its commitment to ensure that Azure provides excellent experiences for Ansible users when automating the provisioning and configuration of Azure resources. To provide great end-to-end experiences for all users, we’re announcing the expansion of Azure service coverage and the ability to release more frequent updates to Ansible...Read more

Announcing ONNX Runtime 1.0 

One year after ONNX Runtime’s initial preview release, we’re excited to announce v1.0 of the high-performance machine learning model inferencing engine. This release marks our commitment to API stability for the cross-platform, multi-language APIs, and introduces a breadth of performance optimizations, broad operator coverage, and pluggable accelerators to take advantage of new and exciting hardware...Read more

Announcing the Open Application Model (OAM), an open standard for developing and operating applications on Kubernetes and other platforms 

Kubernetes has become the leading container orchestration environment. Its success has driven the remarkable growth of Kubernetes services on every public cloud. However, the core resources in Kubernetes like Services and Deployments represent disparate pieces of an overall application. They do not represent the application itself. Likewise, objects like Helm charts represent a potentially deployable...Read more

Microsoft open sources SandDance, a visual data exploration tool 

SandDance, the beloved data visualization tool from Microsoft Research, has been re-released as an open source project on GitHub. This new version of SandDance has been re-written from the ground up as an embeddable component that works with modern JavaScript toolchains. The release is comprised of several components that work in native JavaScript or React...Read more

Bringing container magic to cloud-native applications 

Last year at Microsoft Connect and DockerCon we announced the Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB) specification in partnership with Docker, HashiCorp, and Bitnami. Since then the CNAB community has grown to include Pivotal, Intel, Datadog, and others, and we are all extremely pleased to announce that the CNAB core 1.0 specification has reached Final Draft...Read more

Announcing OpenTelemetry: the merger of OpenCensus and OpenTracing 

I’m excited to announce that OpenTelemetry is now a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) sandbox project. You can read more about OpenTelemetry’s origins in A Brief History of OpenTelemetry (So Far) on the CNCF blog. OpenTelemetry is created as a merger of the OpenCensus and OpenTracing projects. This project aspires to make robust, portable telemetry...Read more

ONNX Runtime: a one-stop shop for machine learning inferencing 

Organizations that want to leverage AI at scale must overcome a number of challenges around model training and model inferencing. Today, there are a plethora of tools and frameworks that accelerate model training but inferencing remains a tough nut due to the variety of environments that models need to run in. For example, the same...Read more

Hello Service Mesh Interface (SMI): A specification for service mesh interoperability 

Today we are excited to launch Service Mesh Interface (SMI) which defines a set of common, portable APIs that provide developers with interoperability across different service mesh technologies including Istio, Linkerd, and Consul Connect. SMI is an open project started in partnership with Microsoft, Linkerd, HashiCorp, Solo.io, Kinvolk, and Weaveworks; with support from Aspen Mesh,...Read more