Microsoft has formed a new artificial intelligence research and development initiative that brings together 5000-plus computer scientists and engineers to realise the tech giant's AI vision. Fronted by Microsoft-alumni Harry Shum, the new division will be tasked with making AI accessible and valuable for'every person and organisation', building on the company's focus on AI across apps, services and infrastructure. The news comes hot on the heels of the launch of the Partnership on AI, the cross-industry collaboration between IBM, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon. The new group will unite existing Microsoft teams including Information Platform, Cortana, Bing and robotics. Its scope will include all AI product engineering and the company is taking a four-pronged approach to the initiative.
Fujitsu Limited and Microsoft Corporation announced their agreement to collaborate in the field of artificial intelligence to accelerate the transformation of the ways people work in companies. The two companies are entering into this agreement to jointly build new solutions that transform the ways people work.
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Microsoft Graph gives you access to the most important data for your business and/or application, your data! Microsoft has a strong vision that AI should be democratized and be available to everyone – developers, data scientists, enterprises, and yes even your dog. Microsoft has been involved and conducting research into AI for the last couple decades and infusing it into their products and services (Bing, Xbox, Office 365, Skype, Cortana, LinkedIn, etc). This research eventually found its way into a product known as Microsoft Cognitive Services. Microsoft Cognitive Services, formerly known as "Project Oxford" was first announced at Build 2016 conference and released as a preview.
Microsoft is readying three of its 25 Cognitive Services tools for wider release to developers. Microsoft's Cognitive Services application programming interfaces (APIs) give developers a way to add features like speech recognition, language understanding, sentiment detection and more to their applications. Cognitive Services and bots are both part of Microsoft's overall artificial intelligence and more specific "conversation as a platform" strategies. Microsoft's Cognitive Services APIs are meant to work well with the Microsoft Bot Framework and be useful in bot scenarios. Like Microsoft's Cognitive Services, bots can be speech, language, and vision-based.