Opinion: Microsoft’s AI Journey Filled With Opportunity

Editor’s note: CCS Insight Vice President Nicholas McQuire is the author of the following article, sharing his thoughts on Microsoft’s excursion into the artificial intelligence space and what it means for business. The text of this article has been reprinted here with McQuire’s approval. Last week, I attended a Microsoft event in London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its research centre in Cambridge. The event focussed on the “intersection of artificial intelligence with people and society”. As part of CCS Insight’s growing research and upcoming buyer surveys in this exciting field, here I’ll summarise and assess the main announcements. For a more comprehensive analysis, please see Instant Insight: Microsoft Stresses the Human Aspect at Artificial Intelligence Event. Artificial intelligence has become central to Microsoft’s overall strategy over the past 12 months. In September 2016, the company set up a dedicated research group in this area under Harry Shum. Consisting of 7,500 scientists, researchers and engineers from its product teams, the group aims to speed up the creation of artificial intelligence products and to better promote its efforts against those of Google, IBM and Amazon as well as against the growing influence of Chinese players. Back in May 2016, at Microsoft’s…

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