Microsoft indulges creative impulses in pursuit of next big thing

©Getty Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella Watching Microsoft this week try to conjure up a new future for computing, it was hard not to think of spaghetti being thrown against a wall. During the keynote session at its annual developer conference, the world’s biggest software company came up with several striking images of how people and machines might coexist in a world where both artificial intelligence and artificial reality are prevalent. More On this topic Inside Business There was the augmented reality headset, HoloLens, being used to inspect free-floating models of human brains or project 3D kitchen designs on to the real world. If that didn’t take your fancy, there was the text conversation in Skype that involved a human using Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, Cortana, to find an internet…


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