Microsoft’s artificial intelligence push is all about saving you time

Remember when you first used T9 predictive text for text messaging on your cellphone, before internet-enabled smartphones? It completed sentences for you, and was often (not always) correct. T9 gave way to auto-correct (a function both convenient and, at times, enraging).For many Android users, auto-correct has now given way to smarter, third-party typing clients like SwiftKey, a keyboard app that Microsoft bought this year for $250 million.SwiftKey lets you drag your finger along the keys to type, and uses real-time prediction so you rarely have to finish a word. SwiftKey has more than 300 million users.At Microsoft’s (MSFT) Ignite conference on Monday, CEO Satya Nadella shared an anecdote about SwiftKey to make a much larger point about applying artificial intelligence (AI) in the company’s applications.Eventually, Nadella said, “Every one of…


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