Microsoft acquires UK-based artificial intelligence firm SwiftKey

February 3, 2016 – 09:53 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net – UK-based artificial intelligence firm SwiftKey is to be acquired by Microsoft, according to BBC News. SwiftKey is known for its predictive keyboard, which can be found installed on millions of smartphone devices. The company would be the latest UK artificial intelligence (AI) firm to be bought up by a U.S. tech giant. DeepMind – which began within the University of Oxford – was bought by Google in 2014. Another firm, VocalIQ, was bought recently by Apple. As well as the popular smartphone app, SwiftKey is known for being behind the computer software on Prof Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair. The $250mln deal that was first reported by The Financial Times would further Microsoft’s new mobile strategy, spearheaded by chief executive Satya Nadella. Instead of focusing…


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