Inside the new Microsoft

Many of Microsoft’s older products are getting a machine learning facelift. Microsoft was early to machine learning but is now competing with Google and Amazon to commercialise the technology. The stakes are high. In the coming years, machine learning – a form of artificial intelligence that uses data to make predictions about everything from quarterly sales to when a cow will get pregnant – will change the world-making computers exponentially smarter and helping companies cut costs, figure out where to invest and a whole lot more. Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Anurag Rana describes the technology as “one of the biggest differentiators for software companies for years to come”. Without it, he says, “you’re not going to be able to sell your product”. READ MORE: Microsoft takes a big swing at Apple and…


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