Aside from the services it makes available directly to end users, Microsoft's backbone services are made available to organisations wanting to build their own intelligent tools. The overarching framework is known as Microsoft AI Platform, which ties together a number of more specialised packages such as Microsoft Cognitive Services, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and Microsoft Bot Framework. Removing the need for organisations to host their own expensive and fast-ageing infrastructure is key to CEO Satya Nadella's vision of "democratising AI".
The free instructional videos and case studies focus on the less technical aspects of the technology as it applies to top execs attempting to integrate AI, including strategy, company culture and ethical responsibilities, into their operations. They're the latest in a series of instructional materials Microsoft has released as it looks to address a general lack of educational resources and talent in the AI field. The material was inspired by conversations Microsoft has had over the past three years with client executives, whom the company said felt there was a dearth of educational resources on AI that reached beyond the nuts-and-bolts technical level, according to Mitra Azizirad, Microsoft's corporate vp of AI marketing and productization. "[The goal] really was to approach the very distinct business needs that we saw all of our business leaders have been asking about over and over again," Azizirad said. "We wanted to make sure we were meeting the needs of business leaders and really empowering them, no matter where they were on their journey, to drive an AI transformation with a focus on strategy, culture and governance."
CAPE TOWN – Microsoft South Africa has launched a new initiative called Make Your Wish aimed to help individuals and organisations share their ideas on how artificial intelligence (AI) can bring about changes in the world. Microsoft SA said in a statement: "Make Your Wish will act as a platform to bring ideas and imaginations together from bright minds on implementing Artificial Intelligence and how it could help improve lives – and empower people and organizations to achieve more."
Many new PCs used to come with Microsoft Office pre-installed. Microsoft announced Wednesday it will cut up to 1,850 jobs as part of a plan to streamline its smartphone hardware business. The company says it will record an impairment and restructuring charge of about 950 million because of the cuts tied to its failed acquisition of Nokia's handset business in 2014. "We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation -- with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum capability, and consumers who value the same," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a statement. "We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms."
Last year, Microsoft introduced new Pix features that optimized camera settings for pictures taken of whiteboards, documents and business cards. And Microsoft has been integrating LinkedIn into its other products since purchasing the company in 2016. In October, Microsoft integrated LinkedIn with Outlook.com, "Pix is powered by AI to streamline and enhance the experience of taking a picture with a series of intelligent actions: recognizing the subject of a photo, inferring users' intent and capturing the best quality picture," Josh Weisberg, a Microsoft Research principal program manager, said in a statement. Today's update works with LinkedIn to add yet another intelligent dimension to Pix's capabilities."