Microsoft Buys Wand to Boost Chat Bots

Posted by at 11:35 am on June 17, 2016

Microsoft Store LogoMicrosoft  said it has acquired Wand Labs, a company that combines human language with machine intelligence.

Microsoft said it plans to add Wand Labs’ talent to its Bing, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows platforms.

“The Wand team’s expertise around semantic ontologies, services mapping, third-party developer integration, and conversational interfaces make them a great fit … especially with the work we’re doing in the area of intelligent agents and chat bots,” said David Ku, corporate vice president, Information Platform Group.

Wand Labs was founded in 2013 by Vishal Sharma. The acquisition fits the roadmap unveiled earlier this year by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, which will focus on the “conversation as a platform.”

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