Microsoft spoke at length at Build 2016 about its vision for the future of communicative computing. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expressed his belief that the next leap in consumer interactions with platforms will move beyond the traditional confinements of everyday operating system navigation to a more predictive artificial intelligence presence in people’s lives.
However, before Nadella’s utopian science fiction fantasy becomes an everyday reality for the average consumer, Microsoft along with the rest of the industry will need to refine the API’s, natural language frameworks, and machine learning of the bots that will be communicating with people.
Shortly after Build 2016, Microsoft Cognitive Services page surfaced on the internet to help developers enable natural and contextual interactions between their services and the customers they link to. Specifically, the new service is described as:
Microsoft Cognitive Services let you build apps with robust algorithms using just a few lines of code. They work across devices and platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows, keep improving, and are easy to set up.
Interested developers are free to get started using Microsoft’s list of open APIs, peruse background documentation, and explore “some of today’s most innovative apps” using machine intelligence API’s.
On top of exploring other significant innovations using Microsoft’s Cognitive Services, developers can also take a peek into Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana’s Intelligence Suite, as a marker for what’s possible using the framework.
For those interested in harnessing machine learning, predictive cloud intelligence or beefing up an app or service with powerful AI algorithms, head over to the Microsoft Cognitive Services page for a metric-ton of free information.