Microsoft Now Offers AI Courses for Entry Level Software Development
Microsoft today launched two new courses in its online education program for developers: an entry-level software development class and an AI course for more advanced developers who want to expand their knowledge of machine learning.
It’s no secret that there aren’t enough data scientists and machine learning developers available to fulfill the current demand. It’s no surprise then that a number of large companies have started to teach the fundamentals of these disciplines to their existing employees and starting today, anybody can take the AI courses that Microsoft first developed for its own employees.
The Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence is available for free on edX.org, though you can also opt to pay for a certificate. Each course runs for three months and starts at the beginning of the quarter. Unsurprisingly, there’s a bit of a focus on Azure and Microsoft’s Cognitive Services here (and you need an Azure account), but otherwise the course is agnostic to the operating system you run.
The overall program consists of ten courses that range from introductions to AI and Python for data science, to a class on ethics for AI developers and lots of hands-on work with training models. Most of the ten required courses should take about eight to sixteen hours to complete.
These two new courses join a growing number of similar programs in Microsoft’s so-called ‘Professional Program‘ (why they don’t just call it the Microsoft Academy is beyond me, but I’m not a marketer…) These existing courses range from front-end development classes to a program for cloud admins and a course for IT support professionals.