Microsoft will reportedly take Build into the future with a focus on artificial intelligence

Microsoft's recent track record when it comes to artificial intelligence hasn't been a smooth one, to say the least. This isn't going to hold back the company, which is reportedly set to unveil a number of prototype robots during Build. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Microsoft's bots will serve different functions. Some will be built into company services and platforms while others will aid the visually-impaired.

"Bots aren't just a novelty; unlike Tay, some of them do things. They'll act as your interface with computers and smartphones, helping you book a trip or send a message to a colleague, and do that through a conversation instead of a mouse click or finger tap. Microsoft believes the world will soon move away from apps—where Apple and Google rule—into a phase dominated by chats with bots. [...] Microsoft will show off several different bots and programs that manage tasks via discussion. Some you'll be able to text with, like Tay; others are just concepts cooked up for the show to spark developers' imaginations"

The company will also release templates and a set of tools so developers will be able to create their own. It's billed as a serious shift for Microsoft as a company, betting big on the future of AI. The demos will reportedly include a Domino's delivery bot.

"In early March, Nadella is in a locked, basement room on the Redmond campus known among his inner circle as the Batcave. Most employees don't know about it; only six have access. The Batcave is where the product demonstrations for conferences are worked out. Sitting among piles of cables, devices, and dongles, Nadella reviews the "conversation as a platform" presentation for the Build conference. In the audience at the event, which sold out in one minute, will be 5,000 software developers waiting to hear what Microsoft thinks they should make next."

It's going to be a tough sell for Microsoft, depending on how Build progresses, but we're excited to see just what the teams will be working on. We'll also be at Build today to bring you the latest from Microsoft's event. Be sure to remain tuned to our feeds and sit through the live blog. How do you view our future with AI? Sound off in the comments!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Conversation as a platform...that is a very interesting if it would one day replace apps...
  • Yah it would be great hearing your neighbour screaming at their bot to get them coffee at 4am. So natural, so fluid and interrupts everyone's sleep. hehe. I'm sure it will have some sort of dongle to chat with.
  • Atomic batteries to power turbines to speed, LOL the bat cave would love to see it. Posted using the Win Central for Win 10
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  • Wow! This seems to be a nice point of view about the near future being one where people get stuff done via conversations with bots.
  • Welcome addition. Sent from Nokia Lumia Martini.
  • I am going to get a bad feeling if Microsoft names their AI "Genisys".  It would then work with Windows 10 which already connects all your devices (phone, workstation, tablet, Xbox, etc.)  Since Microsoft is ready dominate in the Government sector, it would be the beginning of Skynet.
  • Yeah, Sky in the UK avoided Armageddon by making MS move away from the "Sky" branding. They were actually saving the world! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • I think it would go more like OS1 from "Her" That'd be pretty amazing.. Aside from her cheating on you with 641 other people..
  • "batcave" - neat.
  • "Microsoft believes the world will soon move away from apps—where Apple and Google rule—into a phase dominated by chats with bots" Sounds desperate "Locked, basement room on the Redmond campus known among his inner circle as the Batcave." Okey, is this the Onion? anyways, this could be really great or a mess. Hololens was Incredible so i'm keeping hopes up <3
  • Maybe Microsoft is thinking too much about the future rather than concentrating on the present.
  • Wrong headed. You have to have teams working on today,6 months from now, a year from now,3 years,5 years out and beyond.
  • Mmm is this the "something amazing" part of Build?
  • So, Goodbye Cortana?
  • If anything I think Cortana would benifit from this.
  • #HoloLens #Tay.IV
  • They need some intelligence over there at MS so this is a good thing.
  • When he says apps, he means what the majority of people call apps, or actual applications? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android