For any customers/partners looking to implement Microsoft’s AI or IoT tools, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies

One-week long complimentary, personalized development sprints for engineering teams, tailored for your own project

Learn what’s possible, reduce time to market, benefit from Microsoft’s engineering guidance

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Microsoft AI & IoT

Discover how joining one of Microsoft’s state-of-the-art lab facilities and program can help your development team build skills, overcome problems and reach goals faster.

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Apply and join Insider Labs in 4 steps:

2. Go through a comprehensive onboarding process (2-3 weeks) ?

3. Schedule and design the sprint

4. Go through the sprint with your team (1 week)

Why join Microsoft AI & IoT Insider Labs?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are transforming how people, devices, and data interact in every sphere of life.

However, the pace of change is exponential. Organizations often struggle to spot new technologies quickly or they may miss important pieces to build their ecosystem - making them unable to move fast enough develop their potential. If your organization is developing an AI and/or IoT solution, you may be able to use Microsoft’s AI & IoT Insider Labs to help solve your AI and IoT challenges, as well as get guidance and recommendations from Microsoft AI & IoT technology experts.

What will you get?

Through a streamlined, but customized to fit your needs process, your engineering team will work directly with dedicated Microsoft AI & IoT technology experts.

We have comprehensive programs to help you achieve your goals in a way that fits your needs: From personalized brainstorming sessions, rapid prototyping engagements to more generic seminars, we’ve got you covered.

Ultimately, our goal is to help you digitally transform your products, services, and your business.

AI & IoT landscape is changing fast.

Lab Locations

Labs are located in Redmond, USA, at the heart of Microsoft’s product group expertise; Shanghai, China, one of the international hubs that drives innovation and empowers the ecosystem and Munich Germany, a hub for European partners.

Microsoft’s AI & IoT Insider Labs offer you access and facilities to build, develop, prototype and test your solutions for your market.

Virtual Labs

Currently, all Labs, except for Shanghai, are run virtually.

We provide convenient and safe virtual engagements. Teams meet in virtual rooms, the sprints are organized with agile methodology including a project planning session, daily stand-ups and side-by-side engineering building sessions.

Virtual Labs: Available anywhere in the world.

Our Microsoft technology experts are here to help:

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Some of the technologies supported in the Labs

AI Technologies

The Azure Machine Learning service empowers developers and data scientists with a wide range of productive experiences for building, training, and deploying machine learning models faster. Accelerate time to market and foster team collaboration with industry-leading MLOps—DevOps for machine learning. Innovate on a secure, trusted platform, designed for responsible machine learning. Enterprise-grade machine learning service to build and deploy models faster.

The Speech service is the unification of speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and speech-translation into a single Azure subscription. It's easy to speech enable your applications, tools, and devices with the Speech CLI, Speech SDK, Speech Devices SDK, Speech Studio, or REST APIs.
Boost content discoverability, automate text extraction, analyze video in real time, and create products that more people can use by embedding cloud vision capabilities in your apps with Computer Vision, part of Azure Cognitive Services. Use visual data processing to label content with objects and concepts, extract text, generate image descriptions, moderate content, and understand people's movement in physical spaces. No machine learning expertise is required.
Azure Custom Vision is an image recognition service that lets you build, deploy, and improve your own image identifiers. An image identifier applies labels (which represent classes or objects) to images, according to their visual characteristics. Unlike the Computer Vision service, Custom Vision allows you to specify the labels and train custom models to detect them.
The Text Analytics API is a cloud-based service that provides Natural Language Processing (NLP) features for text mining and text analysis, including: sentiment analysis, opinion mining, key phrase extraction, language detection, and named entity recognition.
The Anomaly Detector API enables you to monitor and detect abnormalities in your time series data without having to know machine learning. The Anomaly Detector API's algorithms adapt by automatically identifying and applying the best-fitting models to your data, regardless of industry, scenario, or data volume. Using your time series data, the API determines boundaries for anomaly detection, expected values, and which data points are anomalies.
Language Understanding (LUIS) is a cloud-based conversational AI service that applies custom machine-learning intelligence to a user's conversational, natural language text to predict overall meaning, and pull out relevant, detailed information.
QnA Maker is a cloud-based Natural Language Processing (NLP) service that allows you to create a natural conversational layer over your data. It is used to find the most appropriate answer for any input from your custom knowledge base (KB) of information. QnA Maker is commonly used to build conversational client applications, which include social media applications, chat bots, and speech-enabled desktop applications.
Azure Form Recognizer is a cognitive service that lets you build automated data processing software using machine learning technology. Identify and extract text, key/value pairs, selection marks, tables, and structure from your documents—the service outputs structured data that includes the relationships in the original file, bounding boxes, confidence and more. You quickly get accurate results that are tailored to your specific content without heavy manual intervention or extensive data science expertise. Use Form Recognizer to automate data entry in your applications and enrich your documents search capabilities.

Develop intelligent, enterprise-grade bots that help you enrich the customer experience while maintaining control of your data. Build any type of bot—from a Q&A bot to your own branded virtual assistant—to quickly connect your users to the answers they need. Bot Framework Composer is an open-source visual authoring canvas for developers and multidisciplinary teams to build bots. Composer integrates language understanding services such as LUIS and QnA Maker and allows sophisticated composition of bot replies using Language Generation. The Bot Framework, along with the Azure Bot Service, provides tools to build, test, deploy, and manage intelligent bots, all in one place.

OpenAI provides access to a wide variety of natural language tasks, and Codex, which translates natural language to code.

Leverage large-scale, generative AI models with deep understandings of language and code to enable new reasoning and comprehension capabilities for building cutting-edge applications. Apply these coding and language models to a variety of use cases, such as writing assistance, code generation, and reasoning over data. Detect and mitigate harmful use with built-in responsible AI and access enterprise-grade Azure security.

IoT Technologies

IoT Technologies

Azure IoT Hub is a managed service, hosted in the cloud, that acts as a central message hub for bi-directional communication between your IoT application and the devices it manages. You can use Azure IoT Hub to build IoT solutions with reliable and secure communications between millions of IoT devices and a cloud-hosted solution backend.

Azure IoT Edge moves cloud analytics and custom business logic to devices so that your organization can focus on business insights instead of data management. Scale out your IoT solution by packaging your business logic into standard containers, then you can deploy those containers to any of your devices and monitor it all from the cloud.

Azure Digital Twins is a platform as a service (PaaS) offering that enables the creation of knowledge graphs based on digital models of entire environments. These environments could be buildings, factories, farms, energy networks, railways, stadiums, and more—even entire cities. These digital models can be used to gain insights that drive better products, optimized operations, reduced costs, and breakthrough customer experiences.

Azure Functions is a serverless solution that allows you to write less code, maintain less infrastructure, and save on costs. Instead of worrying about deploying and maintaining servers, the cloud infrastructure provides all the up-to-date resources needed to keep your applications running.

Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) is a real-time analytics and complex event-processing engine that is designed to analyze and process high volumes of fast streaming data from multiple sources simultaneously. Patterns and relationships can be identified in information extracted from lots of input sources. These patterns can be used to trigger actions and initiate workflows such as creating alerts, feeding information to a reporting tool, or storing transformed data for later use. Also, ASA is available on Azure IoT Edge runtime, enabling to process data on IoT devices.

Azure Time Series Insights (TSI) is an open and scalable end-to-end IoT analytics service featuring best-in-class user experiences and rich APIs to integrate its powerful capabilities into your existing workflow or application. TSI able to collect, process, store, query and visualize data at IoT scale data that's highly contextualized and optimized for time series.

Azure IoT Central is an IoT application platform that reduces the burden and cost of developing, managing, and maintaining enterprise-grade IoT solutions. Choosing to build with IoT Central gives you the opportunity to focus time, money, and energy on transforming your business with IoT data, rather than just maintaining and updating a complex and continually evolving IoT infrastructure. The web UI lets you monitor device conditions, create rules, and manage millions of devices and their data throughout their life cycle. Furthermore, it enables you to act on device insights by extending IoT intelligence into line-of-business applications.

Azure Sphere is a secured, high-level application platform with built-in communication and security features for internet-connected devices. It comprises a secured, connected, crossover microcontroller unit (MCU), a custom high-level Linux-based operating system (OS), and a cloud-based security service that provides continuous, renewable security.

Azure RTOS is an embedded development suite including a small but powerful operating system that provides reliable, ultra-fast performance for resource-constrained devices. It's easy-to-use and market-proven, having been deployed on more than 6.2 billion devices worldwide. Azure RTOS supports the most popular 32-bit microcontrollers and embedded development tools, so that you can make the most of your team's existing skills.

AI & IoT landscape is changing fast.

Apply now for Insider Labs to get the opportunity to co-engineer your solutions with Microsoft technology experts.