For the past year Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana has been limited to living on Windows Phone, but as Windows Insiders know she will be making her debut on the PC with Windows 10. Microsoft has also previously announced that they have bigger plans for Cortana, as the Master Chief’s trusty AI will be jumping out of Windows phone onto iOS and Android, as well as coming to other Microsoft programs such as Office 365.
The new Cortana Analytics suite hopes to help organizations tame their vast amounts of data into useful insights to help decision makers. Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President of Could and Enterprise, posted more about Cortana Analytics Suite on the Microsoft Azure blog, saying:
“With Cortana Analytics, we are taking years of research and innovation – spanning technology and infrastructure for advanced analytics, including capabilities like machine learning, big data storage and processing in the cloud as well as perceptual intelligence such as vision, face and speech recognition, with the goal of helping enterprise customers make better, faster decisions to accelerate their speed of business. Additionally the Cortana Analytics Suite integrates with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital personal assistant. Cortana works with the Cortana Analytics Suite to enable businesses to get things done in more helpful, proactive, and natural ways.”
Numoto also details in his post how Dartmouth-Hitchock Health System is already using Cortana Analytics Suite for a predictive analytics solution called ImagineCare to help build treatment plans for patients through analyzing medical data; as one example of what the new suite of applications can do for organzations.
The Cortana Analytics Suite will combine many of Microsoft’s individual services that are already available such as Azure Machine Learning, Power BI, Azure Data Factory, Churn, and more, into an integrated offering with a single monthly subscription model later this fall.
As previously reported last week by WinBeta, Microsoft is launching tools like Power BI to bring the insights of business intelligence and analytics into an easy to use format that empowers decisions at all levels of a company. Cortana Analytics Suite looks to continue this trend by integrating Microsoft’s friendly personal assistant with a suite of big data and machine learning apps to provide intelligent and actionable insights.