Microsoft acquires intelligent scheduling startup Genee

The acquisition will be used to enhance intelligent capabilities in Office Microsoft has acquired Genee, a startup that provided a virtual assistant for scheduling appointments.  The deal, announced Tuesday, will bring the Genee team into the Microsoft fold and put them to work on bringing intelligence into Office 365. Genee’s service let users loop in an artificial intelligence assistant that could interpret sentences like “set up lunch at some point this week” and turn them into calendar appointments.  Acquiring Genee is part of Microsoft’s ongoing crusade to build intelligent productivity software and services using AI. The company has focused on that area under the tenure of CEO Satya Nadella, with features like Office Delve, which finds documents shared within an organization that are relevant to a user, and Focused Inbox in…


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