Microsoft Eyes Visual Studio-Like Toolset for Machine Learning
Microsoft is working on a project to bring a Visual Studio-like tooling and infrastructure platform to developers building machine learning apps.Microsoft appears to be working on a new toolset for machine learning known as Open Mind Studio, which has been described as the Visual Studio for machine learning. Qi Lu, Microsoft's executive vice president of Applications and Services, introduced the concept of Open Mind Studio in a talk titled "Machine Learning @ Microsoft" at the Stanford Scaled Machine Learning Conference earlier this month. The talk was highlighted here and here. Although Microsoft would not comment on the platform beyond Lu's slides, it appears that Open Mind Studio will consist of data, model, algorithm, pipeline, experiment and life cycle management components to help provide programming abstractions for machine learning. Machine learning and artificial intelligence in general have become top of mind for leading technology vendors, and Microsoft has been among the pioneers in researching new ways to apply machine learning to make computing easier and more efficient for users.
Indeed, machine learning has been pervasive across Microsoft products. Machine learning, or ML, has found its way into more and more Microsoft technologies, including Bing, Skype, Kinect, HoloLens and Windows Phone. Whenever you use the search engine Bing, you're using many components that have been trained with machine learning. In addition, Microsoft is using machine learning in security. The company arms its malware analysts with machine learning-driven technology, both to give the analysts "superpowers" to make them much more effective at searching through lots of data and also by autonomously helping to find malware authors.