Earlier today, Microsoft announced that they are acquiring messaging app developer Wand Labs to accelerate their vision and strategy for Conversation as a Platform. Microsoft is confident that Wand Labs’ technology and talent will strengthen their position in the emerging era of conversational intelligence. Wand Labs CEO Vishal Sharma shared his thoughts on this acquisition. Read it below,
Back in 2013, my team and I embarked on a journey to integrate services into the chat experience. The goal being to leverage mobile scale, natural language capabilities and third-party services to enable users to easily access and share any authorized service or device. The work we’ve been doing with predictive assistance and delegated authority is at the leading edge of a broader technology shift that is redefining the information industry.
It’s an exciting time to be working in the area of semantics and conversation – an area that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has highlighted as core to the future and calls Conversation as a Platform. As such, I’m truly pleased to announce that Wand has been acquired by Microsoft.
I’m proud of the work my team has done and what we’ve already accomplished in this emerging space – and I’m delighted to be joining a company that shares our passion and enthusiasm for this new era where conversation is the central focus. Making experiences for customers more seamless by harnessing human language is a powerful vision and one that motivates me and my team.
Our deep experience with semantics, messaging and authority are a natural fit for the work already underway at Microsoft, especially in the area of intelligent agents and cognitive services.
For those of you who have participated in our rolling trials, I want to say thank you. Even though we will be shutting down our service, expect to see familiar elements of our work in the future. I encourage all of you to stay tuned. This is an exciting moment for the industry and we’ve only just begun.
Read more about the acquisition from David Ku, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Information Platform Group, here.
CEO of Wand