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Microsoft’s Cortana and Adobe join hands to provide Artificial Intelligence (AI) based services

The two tech giants were working on standard data models and sharing of core libraries between Adobe's Sensei and Microsoft's Cortana, both based on AI

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Las Vegas, March 23, 2017: Adobe and Microsoft are jointly working on artificial intelligence (AI) to offer better products and provide customers more automated, intelligence-based experiences, a top Adobe official said here.

Brad Rencher, executive vice-president and general manager, marketing, of Adobe, said that the two tech giants were working on standard data models and sharing of core libraries between Adobe’s Sensei and Microsoft’s Cortana, both based on AI.

Cortana is a search tool which can verbally provide answers to search queries and Sensei – a set of intelligent services from Adobe – integrates the advertising, marketing and analytics products offered on Cloud with back up of creatives and documentation.

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Rencher, who was talking to a group of journalists here at the Adobe’s annual summit, said that the joint research and development would combine the specific domain capabilities of Sensei with the wider core data platform of Cortana, thus building a service.

Adobe products can now use data from Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power BI and Microsoft Azure into Sensei for intelligent machine learning.

Sensei will soon enter into Microsoft tools.

Rencher, however, said no discussion had taken place on how to monetise the collaboration.

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Talking of Adobe’s presence in India, Rencher said that it was the fastest growing market and they have had a very substantial amount of the company’s research taking place in India, including on Sensei.

Rencher also said that large Indian companies are rapidly adopting Adobe’s products and Cloud offerings.

“Reliance Industries was looking at how to integrate data across all its various divisions and Adobe had helped a very old newspaper, Malayala Manorama, to completely digitise its functions across the board,” noted Rencher.

Despite the enormous amount of research taking place on AI, he said that he did not believe that it could replace the creative side of human beings.

“What AI can do is reduce the time taken in intelligent data crunching and sometimes understanding what went wrong very quickly,” Rencher added.

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“By cutting six months of manual research to, say two minutes, it adds huge amount of strength to the creative aspects of human beings,” he noted. (IANS)

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Microsoft Brings “Cortana Skills Kit” For Developers

Additional features include control via Azure Active Directory over when skills are deployed and who can access them

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To help businesses create custom voice apps for their employees and users, Microsoft has launched the “Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise” for developers.

The kit will help enterprise developers use digital assistant’s natural-language processing to create custom voice skills for businesses.

Currently available by invitation only, the development platform was unveiled at “Microsoft Ignite” conference in Orlando, Florida on Monday.

“At heart, we are about providing valuable assistance to users throughout their day. That assistance takes different forms depending on where the users are in their day and what they are trying to do,” said Javier Soltero, Microsoft Corporate Vice President in charge of Cortana.

“It’s important for enterprises to be able to enable their workforces to use Cortana to perform company-specific tasks,” he added.

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Currently available by invitation only, the development platform was unveiled at “Microsoft Ignite” conference in Orlando, Florida on Monday. Wikimedia Commons

According to Vivek Goswami, a programme manager on Soltero’s team, the platform is powered by the Azure Bot Service and leverages Language Understanding from Azure Cognitive Services, allowing developers to create company-specific skills for Cortana using known and trusted tools.

Additional features include control via Azure Active Directory over when skills are deployed and who can access them.

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“The specific skills that enterprises will create for Cortana remain to be revealed,” noted Goswami.

As a proof of concept, IT developers at Microsoft used the enterprise platform to create an IT help desk skill that enables Cortana to file tickets for employees who are having computer problems and connect them to someone who can help. (IANS)