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Microsoft has released a preview of Windows Vision Skills. Windows Vision Skills is a set of packages that enables a series of artificial intelligence (AI) driven photo and video analytics tasks. At the launch they have three skills immediately available: Object Detector, Skeletal Detector and Emotion Recognizer. That’s what Venturebeat reports.

“Implementing and integrating efficient machine learning and computer vision solutions is a difficult task for developers,” says Microsoft developer author Eliot Cowley in an article. “The industry is moving fast and the number of personalized solutions that appear makes it difficult for application developers to keep up with it.”

The Windows Vision Skills framework, according to Cowley, should make it easier to use computer vision. “It standardizes the way computer vision modules are used within Windows applications on a cavity device.”

Developers can add the skills – modular pieces of code that process inputs and produce outputs – to any .NET, Win32 and UWP application, thanks to the out-of-the-box WinRT APIs. These APIs do not need previous knowledge about machine learning or computer vision to use them. Computer vision developers can use hardware acceleration frameworks such as DirectX and DirectML on Windows devices by packing their solutions as skills.


Microsoft says the Vision Skills framework can be expanded to work with existing machine learning frameworks and libraries, such as OpenCV. The tech giant also indicates that skills can be linked together in an application in order to deal with a complex scenario. Skills can also be combined in a single package.

Windows Vision Skills also complements existing Windows support for ONNX model inference by using WinML for local leads. The framework allows users to create intelligence applications, while platform optimisation is used.

“Skills are strongly defined as versions, to make iterations easier, without breaking existing applications,” says Cowley. “And they’re easy to record, easy to update, and they store intellectual property through licenses.”

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.