An (A)I, (B)ots and (C)anvases Conversation Part I: My evolving view of Microsoft’s AI vision

Microsoft envisions Cortana doing much more than reminding us to pick up toilet paper on the way home from work. Back in 2014, we Windows Phone fans could barely contain ourselves as we eagerly awaited Cortana’s arrival on Windows Phone 8.1. At the time, like many writers, I had a vision of what Cortana would mean for Microsoft and mobile computing. So, well, I wrote about it. Alas, time has moved on, and that initial fervor that fueled the “Cortana conversations” of many Windows phone fans has transitioned through other topics. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL had their time in the limelight. HoloLens enters and re-enters the conversation. Windows 10 updates are a consistent topic, further fueled by Gabe Aul’s passing of the torch to Dona Sarkar as the…


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