Microsoft Centralizes Artificial Intelligence Efforts as Executive Steps Down

ENLARGE Microsoft ramps up its efforts in artificial intelligence. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images By Jay Greene Jay Greene The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @greene iamjaygreene Google+ jay.greene@wsj.com Updated Sept. 29, 2016 11:34 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Microsoft Corp. MSFT 0.05 % is concentrating its artificial-intelligence efforts under one roof as veteran executive Qi Lu stepped down to focus on recovering from a bicycle accident. ENLARGE Qi Lu speaks during a keynote session at the Microsoft Developers Build Conference in San Francisco in March. Photo: Bloomberg News Mr. Lu, a highly regarded executive in charge of the Office products and Bing search-engine businesses, was injured months ago. His recovery has been slow, a person familiar with the matter said. Mr. Lu expects to return to Microsoft in an advisory role…


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