Microsoft will launch a new AI platform for software products in 2017, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The company will introduce the Microsoft AI Platform in the second quarter, the sources said, adding that it will focus on AI-powered products for Microsoft Office and the Xbox console, and that it is in talks with major software and gaming developers to build its own platform.
Microsoft announced last week that it would launch a software platform, dubbed the Microsoft Cognitive Architecture for Artificial Intelligence (MCAI), in 2017 to replace Google’s Cognitive Architecture and to offer a suite of tools for developers to develop AI-based products.
It is a move that is seen by many as an effort to bolster Microsoft’s AI capabilities.
While the company has made some strides in AI in recent years, it still lags behind rivals such as Apple, Google, and Facebook, which have spent years developing their own platforms and AI-enabled apps.
Microsoft has said it is focused on developing AI-driven products, but has been cautious about revealing details.
The company has been trying to sell a line of software that will run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud services.
The news of Microsoft’s MCAI comes on the heels of an announcement from the company last month that it was developing a “new cloud platform” that would focus on the production of AI-related services.
Microsoft’s AI platform is said to be aimed at developers who want to create AI-centric applications and services.
Its goal is to deliver a new suite of services, which will be built around Microsoft’s cloud services, to be used by software developers.
Microsoft recently launched a new Azure AI platform called Azure Cloud, which includes the ability to create applications and to integrate Azure’s AI cloud services into existing software applications.
It also includes a cloud-based platform called Microsoft Cloud for Azure, which is used by companies to run AI-intensive tasks, including analytics.