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Microsoft says it’s infusing AI into all of its products from Xbox to Office
Intelligent cloud vision laid out at Build developer conference.
Microsoft wants to make AI available to all developers through its “intelligent cloud” and accessible to devices at the “intelligent edge.” At its Build developer conference in Seattle this morning, the company explained its vision, which is organized around the interaction of the cloud, data and devices.
It offered a media preview of its keynote and announcements last night. This morning, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Scott Guthrie and Harry Shum took the stage in succession to explore what AI and the intelligent cloud mean for developers and Microsoft’s products.
CEO Satya Nadella cited growth milestones and laid out the company’s big-picture vision. He sees Microsoft providing the cloud-based global infrastructure for developers and the delivery of intelligent services, primarily on mobile devices.
Among the milestones the company announced were the following:
- 500 million monthly active Windows 10 users
- 100 million commercial users of Office 365
- 141 million monthly active users of Cortana (across platforms)
Artificial intelligence was a repeated theme throughout the morning, in Nadella’s opening and for subsequent speakers Guthrie and Shum. Guthrie is EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Shum is EVP of the company’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group. (Bing and Cortana now reside in Shum’s group.)