Microsoft to Acquire Genee, Adding AI Magic to Azure

Microsoft Office plus artificial intelligence probably sounds like your worst nightmare. But Microsoft’s agreement to aquire Genee, announced this morning, is more benign than that. Genee is an artificial intelligence startup, but we’re not talking robot-overlord AI. Really, it’s a smart chatbot that helps schedule meetings. It accepts commands in natural language and handles the back-and-forth drudgery of scheduling. Microsoft envisions using the technology inside the Azure cloud, as a feature for Office 365. Related Articles This won’t exactly change the landscape of public cloud services. But it shows that Microsoft wants to get creative with features as it tries to catch up to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The cloud titans realize they can’t compete on price forever, so they’ve been stressing features for developers as well. Microsoft, because of…


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