Enterprise Tech News: Microsoft Launches Graph Database Engine, Developer Preview Of Android O Is Now Available, AWS Unveils Amazon Connect

31 Mar. 2017 Enterprise Tech News

This week’s tech news roundup features: Microsoft releases its own Graph Database Engine, Google launches first developer preview of Android O, and AWS announces Amazon Connect.

Microsoft Open-Sources Graph Engine To Serve Big Graphs In Real-Time

Microsoft Releases Graph Database Engine

Microsoft has recently open sourced a distributed in-memory data processing engine called Graph Engine (GE) under MIT license. Formerly known as Trinity, when Microsoft first published a paper on it in 2013, GE is underpinned with a strongly typed RAM and a general computation engine. It has been designed to develop real-time online query processing apps and high-throughput offline analytics solutions with great ease.

“Instead of trying to provide an exhaustive set of built-in computation modules, GE tries to provide generic building blocks to allow us to easily build such modules,” states Microsoft in its documentation. These blocks include a system that processes synchronous and asynchronous messages and the LIKQ graph query language which is already utilized by the Academic Graph Search API in Microsoft Cognitive Services.

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Google Unveils Android O Developer Preview With Fun Customizations & More

Google Releases First Developer Preview Of Android O

Google has launched the first developer preview of the upcoming version of its Android operating system. It is now available for download at developer.android.com. The developer preview of Android O includes an updated software development kit (SDK) with system images for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and the official emulator to test Android Wear 2.0 on Android O.

The preview also includes following features and APIs:

  • Background Limits: Developing on Android N’s battery life improvements, Android O will include additional automatic limits on what applications can do in the background. This changes will help in creating applications that have minimal impact on a user’s battery and device.
  • Notification Channels – Android O will feature new app-defined categories for notification content that will allow developers to provide users with better control over various kinds of notifications. Users will be able to block or change the way each channel behaves instead of managing all the app notifications together. It also includes new notification visuals and groupings.
  • Autofill APIs: Users will be able to select an autofill app just like they select a keyboard app. The autofill application stores and secures the user data including usernames, passwords, and addresses.

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Amazon Launches Amazon Connect, A Cloud-Based Contact Center

New AWS Contact Center Solution Amazon Connect

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new contact center solution named “Amazon Connect”. It is a cloud-based offering aimed at powering millions of customer conversations. Any business can easily set up a cloud-based portal through AWS Management Console to facilitate reliable customer communication at any scale.

In terms of cost, Amazon plans to lure customers in through a free basic service as a part of AWS Free Usage tier which offers 90 minutes of service usage, a direct inward dialing (DID) number, a toll free number, 30 minutes of inbound DID calls and toll-free calls, along with 30 minutes of outbound calls every month for a year.

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