Enterprise Tech News: Microsoft Launches PowerApps, Google Cloud Vision API, Apple Releases Swift Under Open Source License
04 Dec. 2015 Enterprise Tech News
This week’s technology news roundup features: Microsoft announcing PowerApps to simplify app creation for enterprises, Google launches beta of Cloud Vision application programming interface for advanced image processing and Apple open sourcing it’s programming language Swift.
Microsoft Announces PowerApps to Improve Collaboration
Microsoft recently announced PowerApps. It helps enterprise users develop and share applications that can be connected to the existing databases and cloud services, without writing any code.
PowerApps is designed in such a way that it resembles a Microsoft Office application like Excel or Word. According to Bill Staples, Corporate Vice President of Application Platform at Microsoft, “Apps that would have been cost-prohibitive, like employee surveys, or event sign-up forms, that are collected through email or a document, now can be created and run anywhere, no matter where your employees are.” PowerApps can be used to build either Windows, iOS and Android apps.
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Google Releases Beta of Cloud Vision Application Programming Interface
Developers will greatly benefit from Google’s latest launch of the Cloud Vision application programming interface. This tool can be used to include image recognition in applications. Currently, the API is available in a limited preview on the Google Cloud Platform. The use of new machine vision tools will allow apps to easily handle images and identify important things, gauge feelings, and also mark inappropriate content in them.
As per Ram Ramanathan, Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform, “Our limited preview of Cloud Vision API encapsulates these sophisticated models as an easy-to-use REST API. It quickly classifies images into thousands of categories, detects faces with associated emotions, and recognizes printed words in many languages.”
Apple Open Sources Swift Programming Language
Apple has open sourced its programming language – Swift. It is now available for the tech community under the Apache license at GitHub.
Swift was unveiled in Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference and is used to create OSX and iOS apps. The language works with Apple’s Xcode integrated development environment (IDE) and its Cocoa Touch frameworks. One of the most important benefit Swift delivers is easy programming and rapid application development with Playgrounds. With it, developers can modify the code without recompilation to see the impact.
Apple has always described Swift as “a replacement for C-based languages (C, C++, and Objective-C).”
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