The Morning Download: Microsoft to Infuse Office Software with AI

Aug 23, 2016 7:11 am ET Good morning. Microsoft Corp.’s acquisition of the smart scheduling app Genee reflects a drive to add artificial intelligence to all of its digital experiences. The deal, announced Monday, could let Microsoft enhance its virtual assistant Cortana, to better compete with Alphabet Inc.’s Google Now and Apple Inc.’s Siri, as CIO Journal’s Angus Loten reports. With Genee, Cortana could automatically set up business meetings by interpreting keywords in email. Though AI gets much attention these days, many CIOs don’t have a clear idea about how to use the technology or maximize its value. Microsoft is expanding its AI expertise partly through acquisition, recently buying Wand Labs, a smart messaging app, and SwiftKey, a tool that predicts what users want to type next. The Genee deal…


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