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Abstract

Microsoft had been investing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) ever since 1980s for conducting groundbreaking research in machine learning, speech & image recognition and computer vision. The company's vision of AI came to life only with the launch of products like Cortana, a virtual personal assistant in mid-2015. After Cortana, the company launched a series of AI-bolstered features in its standalone software and operating system, for furthering its AI mission. In September 2016 Microsoft had also created a new 'Microsoft AI and Research Group' to focus on AI. In May 2017, Microsoft unveiled various new tools in order to democratise AI by infusing AI in all its products and services including Office 365. The company emphasised on empowering both people and organizations, by democratising access to AI to help solve societies' pressing challenges. However, experts pointed out that Microsoft's AI products and services were expensive, inflexible and were profoundly difficult to customise to a particular company's needs. With AI gaining foothold in every aspect of people's lives, would Microsoft's unique approach of democratising AI, bode well for the company in the long run?
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Abstract

Microsoft had been investing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) ever since 1980s for conducting groundbreaking research in machine learning, speech & image recognition and computer vision. The company's vision of AI came to life only with the launch of products like Cortana, a virtual personal assistant in mid-2015. After Cortana, the company launched a series of AI-bolstered features in its standalone software and operating system, for furthering its AI mission. In September 2016 Microsoft had also created a new 'Microsoft AI and Research Group' to focus on AI. In May 2017, Microsoft unveiled various new tools in order to democratise AI by infusing AI in all its products and services including Office 365. The company emphasised on empowering both people and organizations, by democratising access to AI to help solve societies' pressing challenges. However, experts pointed out that Microsoft's AI products and services were expensive, inflexible and were profoundly difficult to customise to a particular company's needs. With AI gaining foothold in every aspect of people's lives, would Microsoft's unique approach of democratising AI, bode well for the company in the long run?

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