Microsoft Gains by Following Through on its ‘Mobile-First, Cloud-First’ Vision

Considering how often Microsoft  (MSFT) and CEO Satya Nadella have talked up the company’s artificial intelligence and cloud services plans since Nadella became CEO in early 2014, it’s not surprising those fields have received plenty of attention at this week’s Ignite conference for IT pros using Microsoft products. What is arguably surprising is the aggressiveness of some of the A.I. and cloud projects Microsoft unveiled, and the long list of new partners announced for its offerings. Project Catapult, a Microsoft initiative to develop programmable chips known as FPGAs to power its A.I. and cloud services, is a prime example of the company going the extra mile to differentiate its services. By using FPGAs instead of either the GPU-based accelerator cards deployed by many cloud peers to handle A.I. workloads or custom ASICs…


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