Jun
14
2017
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Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans

 Though Facebook is rarely mentioned alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon in discussions about conversational AI, the company has published a hoard of papers that underscore a deep interest in dialog systems. As has become clear with Siri, Cortana and Alexa, dialog is hard — it requires more than just good speech recognition to deliver a killer experience to users. From the sidelines… Read More

May
10
2017
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Microsoft Maluuba is teaching machines to ask questions

 Microsoft Maluuba, the research team of PhDs that Microsoft acquired back in January, has been hard at work exploring the nexus of machine learning and question generation with the aim of delivering an intelligent personal assistant that surpasses the limited capabilities of today’s market leaders. Read More

Jul
07
2016
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Microsoft now helps businesses use the data that powers Bing Predicts

2016-07-07_0936   A few years ago, Microsoft launched Bing Predicts, a project that aims to correctly predict sporting events and elections by combining lots of data with machine learning algorithms. Until now, though, there wasn’t really a product that made Bing Predicts available to users. Today, however, the company launched its Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts service. Sadly, this… Read More

Jul
06
2016
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Microsoft gives Salesforce a shove with new Dynamics 365 integrated cloud platform

Boys in kitchen throwing flour at each other. Microsoft announced its intention today to combine the Dynamics CRM and ERP products into an integrated platform on top of which it is hoping third parties will build applications. It’s a complex announcement with many pieces, but Dynamics 365 shares more than its name with Office 365, it also has deep connections with the cloud office suite, as well as to Cortana voice intelligence… Read More

Apr
22
2016
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Windows Ink, Cortana improvements and more arrive in the latest Windows 10 build out now

ink3-1024x683 It’s going to be a good Friday for those testing the latest releases of the Windows 10 operating system, as Microsoft is today rolling out a new build of its PC and mobile OS, which will allow users to try the newly announced Windows Ink experience for the first time. Windows Ink, announced at the Build 2016 event last month, offers improved pen support for Windows 10 PCs, including… Read More

Dec
01
2015
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Microsoft Integrates Cortana Into Its Power BI Business Intelligence Service

Power-BI-Cortana-Integration2 When Microsoft has a technology it likes, it loves to bring it to all of its platforms and services. Right now, its Cortana personal assistant is clearly one of these technologies. Microsoft today announced that Cortana is coming to more desktops in the enterprise. The company is integrating the service into Power BI, its business intelligence tool that, it’s worth noting, already had… Read More

Nov
10
2014
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Microsoft Sees An Intelligent, Mobile-Focused Future Of Productivity

Satya Nadella At a recent event on its Redmond campus, Microsoft executives explained their views on the future of productivity to a small press cadre. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, opened the day’s happenings with an explanation of the company’s core focuses, listing platform work, and productivity itself as two of its chief efforts. The executive indicated that productivity… Read More

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