Microsoft's takeover of voice recognition firm under scrutiny


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is understood to have raised questions with Microsoft and quizzed customers and rivals about its takeover of Nuance Communications. Microsoft is yet to file with the regulator, which would have 40 working days to consider whether to launch an in-depth investigation. The deal has been cleared by US and Australian authorities while the European Commission has also been hearing from rivals - it is expected to give the green light in the coming days. Nuance is best known for providing the original speech recognition system behind Siri, Apple's virtual assistant. Its transcription software is widely used in the NHS to cut down on note taking and became more crucial during the pandemic by allowing doctors to keep protective equipment on. Its software also powers automated systems such as bots used to answer questions about coronavirus vaccines.

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