Yesterday, Microsoft released two of its major AI services for the developers: Azure Bot Service and Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS). These services provided via the Azure Cloud platform will help businesses in building chatbots and language comprehending.
More specifically, the Bot Engine will provide a managed service to the companies for building ‘intelligent automated conversation partners.’ As for LUIS, it allows customers to create smart engines that can parse the written text into a usable form for other applications.
Both the services aim at offering benefits from AI technology for businesses while cutting down the expense for domain expertise. Simultaneously, Microsoft can manage staying in the loop of the present ad seemingly everlasting progressive market competitions.
As per yesterday's report by Harry Shum, Head of Microsoft’s AI and Research Group, 760,000 developers are presently using the Cognitive Services of the company which is pre-built APIs offering smart features. This is certainly a progressive mark for the tech titan as it competes with the likes of AWS, Google Cloud, and the others.
Shum further added that developing AI language interfaces is quite grueling in terms of the field’s future. He endorses communicative abilities of computing devices leading the company to build chatbots like Zo in the U.S. and Xiaoice in China.
Alongside these accomplishments, Microsoft Research launched a new project named Health Bot Project that aims to create bots for healthcare environments. It offers a HIPAA-compliant environment for smart assistant creations that can help answer queries on symptoms, health insurance, and locations of nearby doctors.
In order to create bots using the system, the company is collaborating with Aurora Healthcare and Premera Blue Cross. At the same time, it has opened applications so that other medical providers can go for trials. This was a part of several AI announcements of Microsoft on yesterday which include new features for Cortana, Bing, and Office 365 productivity suite.