Microsoft's delayed consumer-focused HoloLens and the $3000 price are off-putting for consumers. Redmond is forging partnerships that will bring holographic PCs to the masses at affordable prices, however!
The way Microsoft talks about their work in AI and bots might make you think that they're the only ones doing those things. But that would be a mistaken assumption. Facebook, Google, Apple, and a startup called Viv are striving for a position of relevance in the new frontier of artificial intelligence.
In 2014 I wrote an analysis that Cortana not health would be The Next Big Thing. Mobile computing required an equally dynamic AI & voice UI. The industry push of AI, bots and and conversation canvases has added to and changed some of my views, but has ultimately confirmed AI is The Next Big Thing.
Microsoft's smartphone strategy has struggled in vain to garner any meaningful share in the current smartphone space. But suppose the company fought the battle from a position of strength? As the mobile phone industry evolves, Microsoft's PC forte' may be its mobile salvation.
From the outside looking in, we've watched Microsoft undergo a cultural shift. But what do employees with an inside perspective have to say about the "new Microsoft?" Microsoft's Chris Pratley, Mike Tholfsen and Chris Yu give us the inside scoop!
"Our top priority and showcase device for Cortana is Windows Phone. Any discussion or commentary about us giving up or abandoning Windows Phone is crazy talk. Our top priority is to make Cortana so fantastic that it pulls customers to Windows Phone. Period…And if that happens, then we can stop early future speculative talk about Android/iOS." – Marcus Ash, Group Program Manager for...