One of the frequent question that emerges in every discussion on comparing Windows Phone with Apple iOS and Google Android is the availability of AI agent like Siri and Google Now. Siri was introduced by Apple few years back with much fanfare that it is going to change the way we search the web, etc,. But it still remains as a very limited AI agent despite Apple adding many new features in each OS release. Google Now came last year with more advancements than Siri, even it lacks the polish and features that will allow millions of customers of use it everyday as part of their daily life.
Microsoft Bing’s director Stefan Weitz in an interview to CNET have revealed that Microsoft will release a Apple Siri/Google Now competitor only when they think it is revolutionary. And when it gets releases, they expect it to leapfrog their competitors.
“We have had internal debates about when to ship something. We could come out with something now like them, but it wouldn’t be state of the art. It’s too constrained to be an agent now,”
“We are not shipping until we have something more revolutionary than evolutionary.”
“There are teams working hot and heavy on this right now.”
Microsoft has already started building the backend of such service. The backend is called Satori, a knowledge repository of over a billion objects digested in the last 3.5 years, it catalogs entities and the associated data and relationships among them all over the web.
Read the full interview from the link below. It is really worth a read!