Microsoft Corporation Dives Headlong Into AI

Artificial intelligence (AI), sometimes described as “machine learning,” is quickly becoming a key component of several tech leaders’ growth ambitions. To its credit, IBM recognized early on that the key to the fast-growing cloud market lies with the data, not the hosting platform, a fact Alphabet is beginning to take to heart as it explores the expansion of its own AI, data-centric solutions. For Microsoft , its industry-leading cloud business is as much about offering off-site data hosting utilizing its Azure platform to grow its software-as-a-service (SaaS) suite of products. Most pundits agree that SaaS delivered via the cloud is where the real opportunity lies. That said, Microsoft’s recently completed BUILD conference in San Francisco made one thing abundantly clear: Its future includes utilizing AI to enhance a person’s interactive…


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