Microsoft Targets ‘Conversational Intelligence’ in Latest Acquisition

Microsoft is on a spending spree. Quick on the heels of its $26.2 billion LinkedIn acquisition, the Redmond, Wa.-based tech giant snapped up messaging app developer Wand Labs for an undisclosed sum. Microsoft’s David Ku, corporate vice president of the information platform group, blogged that the acquisition accelerates the company’s vision and strategy for Conversation-as-a-Platform, which CEO Satya Nadella introduced at the company’s Build 2016 conference in March. “Wand Labs’ technology and talent will strengthen our position in the emerging era of conversational intelligence, where we bring together the power of human language with advanced machine intelligence — connecting people to knowledge, information, services and other people in more relevant and natural ways,” Ku said.  It builds on and extends the power of the Bing, Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows platforms, he…


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