Microsoft is Dead Serious About Machine Learning

This Thursday Microsoft will be hosting a demo day of its Accelerator Program entirely dedicated to machine learning. The news seemed very impressive consider the number and quality of companies focusing on machine learning Microsoft has nurture in a very short period of time. While there are other acclerators around the world focused on enterprise software, this one is one of the first programs entirely focused on machine learning. Let’s take a look at the companies.

· OneBridge Solutions — Predictive analytics for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines.

· Agolo — Connecting news, documents and your enterprise data to create summaries in real time.

· simMachine — Predictions with the WHY that include an intuitive and actionable visualization of the analysis.

· DefinedCrowd — Helping data scientists get better data, faster, by solving the pain point of data gathering and enrichment for AI researchers and developers.

· Knomos — Enhanced legal knowledge management.

· Percolata — Retail selling team optimization.

· MedWhat — Your virtual medical assistant.

· Plexuss — A machine learning platform that radically changes the way universities discover and recruit students.

· Affinio — Marketing intelligence platform that leverages the interest-graph to understand the culture of today’s consumers.

As you can see, many of the companies are focused on applying machine learning to well-known industry problems. This focus will complement Microsoft’s broad group of machine learning technologies.

Microsoft Continues Investing Big in Machine Learning Technologies

Microsoft’s investment in machine learning technologies expands across different of its products and platforms. The following list is just an example of some of the most established machine learning technologies coming from the Redmon giant:

· Azure Machine Learning: A native cloud service to author, deploy and manage machine learning models.

· SQL Server 2016 R Analytics: The new version of the Revolution Analytics suite now distributed as part as SQL Server.

· Microsoft Cognitive Services: Microsoft’s Watson competitor offers over 20 APIs that abstract cognitive capabilities such as text, vision, voice data analysis.

· Cortana: Microsoft’s famous digital assistant actively leverage machine and deep learning technologies.

· Microsoft’s Bots: Microsoft has been actively releasing Bots such as CaptionBot or Tay (not the greatest example) that actively leverage machine learning to optimize its interactions with users.

Leveraging Unique Distribution Channels

Microsoft’s continuous investments is machine learning technologies is starting to impact mainstream products like Windows, Office, Xbox or future consumer products like Hololens. By leveraging these unique distribution, Microsoft in a unique position to expand the footprint of its machine learning offerings. In the near future, we should expect machine learning to be a first class citizen of every modern Microsoft technology.

CEO of IntoTheBlock, Chief Scientist at Invector Labs, I write The Sequence Newsletter, Guest lecturer at Columbia University, Angel Investor, Author, Speaker.

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