Why Cortana’s new boss is obsessed with artificial intelligence

“We are infusing AI technology into all Microsoft products,” AI chief Harry Shum says, and he has plans for Cortana, too. With the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, you can now access Cortana on your lock screen for basic functions. Credit: Mark Hachman Last week, Microsoft took the unusual step of placing its Cortana and Bing product teams inside the same organization as Microsoft Research. The new Microsoft AI and Research Group will be led by computer vision pioneer and executive vice president Harry Shum, whose 20-year Microsoft career involves leading Bing’s search efforts from 2007 through 2013 and helping launch Microsoft Research China.  We asked Shum how this new organization will benefit Microsoft’s digital assistant in the following interview, which has been edited for length and clarity. The language of…


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