Microsoft ads blockchain, AI tools for non-coders

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2019

Starting with AI Builder, a new program to help build AI capabilities with the Power Platform without writing code, and including a new more Office 365-like look for Power BI and AI and blockchain capabilities built in to Power Apps and Flow, the announcements showcased Microsoft's continued push for a cohesive strategy for companies to make better use of their data.

Microsoft will allegedly declare its plans to add blockchain tools to its Power Platform at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit on Monday in Atlanta.

Lots of companies are looking at this space, including local companies like Seattle's AppSheet and Bellevue's K2 Technologies and bigger ones like Salesforce, which promised to ramp up the competition just ahead of Microsoft's announcement with its $15.7 billion purchase of Seattle's Tableau.

The Power Platform itself is basically a combination of tools that any business or tech company may need.

Power Platform is a new name for a collection of Microsoft tools, including PowerApps, PowerBI and Microsoft Flow, which is created to automate workflows.

Software development time is very expensive at most companies, given what high-end software developers make these days. Well, it is reportedly making blockchain-based tools available to PowerApps and Microsoft Flow users. The news has come first from tech publication GeekWire. It has previously released several blockchain-powered tools based on its products. PowerApps now allows anyone to create websites that can be accessed by external users with a wide variety of identities including personal accounts, LinkedIn, and other Azure Active Directory organizations, and enable anonymous access to content.

PowerBI uses Artificial Intelligence (AI), with enhanced texts and visual analytics which make use of Azure Cognitive Services as per the Microsoft.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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