Google Showcases Its Cloud Efforts, Determined to Catch Up to Rivals

By STEVE LOHR March 23, 2016 In the cloud computing business, Google’s technology prowess is rarely questioned. Its commitment, however, has been doubted. Google, which trails Amazon and Microsoft in the fast-growing market, hopes to change the industry perception that it is halfhearted about its cloud computing service with product announcements, technology demonstrations and strategy briefings at a two-day conference in San Francisco, beginning on Wednesday. The company is showcasing its cloud software for machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence. It has a new speech service: Feed in audio, and the software issues a transcript. Its recently introduced vision service for identifying images also will be more broadly available soon, Google said. And new tools and training aids are available to help developers build machine-learning applications more easily. These are the…


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