Microsoft Acquires AI Start-Up Semantic Machines

Microsoft Acquires AI Start-Up Semantic Machines

This IDC Market Note covers Microsoft's acquisition of conversational AI start-up Semantic Machines. IDC believes that this move will support Microsoft's efforts to develop conversational AI capabilities that enable users to interact with information and services in a way that more closely resembles natural, loosely directed, conversation. "The acquisition of Semantic Machines is significant for Microsoft's conversational AI platform offerings. We believe that Semantic Machines technology will support Microsoft's ambitions to develop next-generation virtual assistants based on conversational AI capabilities that provide a better and broader understanding of resources centered on enhanced knowledge bases, advanced linguistic and natural language processing, and better general question answering technologies." — Research Director Dave Schubmehl, Cognitive/Artificial Intelligence Systems, IDC

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