Day: May 22, 2018

  • Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Semantic Machines, a Berkeley, California-based startup which is developing conversational AI technology including a new Conversation Engine. Semantic Machines’ Conversation Engine is a revolutionary approach for modeling human discourse fluidly across speech and text. This engine extracts semantic intent from natural input (voice or text), and then spawns a self-updating learning framework for managing dialog state, context, salience, and end user goals. Microsoft claims that Semantic Machines’ work uses the power of machine learning to enable users to discover, access and interact with information and services in a much more natural way, and with significantly less effort. MSPowerUser Microsoft really beefing up their Cotona team but it still needs to gain market share. You can make the best AI if no one uses Cortona it’s pointless.  
  • Today at the SharePoint Conference North America, streamed as the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we announced new innovations for OneDrive (much of it based on your UserVoice feedback) that will make sharing and working together with inside and outside of your organization even easier. These features will be rolling out over the next few months so we encourage you to track the release dates via our Office 365 Roadmap page. Let’s look at the highlights from today: Microsoft Microsoft really rolling out the features and living up to mobile first.
  • It was just matter of time, really. Amazon’s push to get its smart assistant on every piece of hardware imaginable now includes Windows 10 laptops, starting with Acer’s Spin 3 and 5 lines. Both include models sporting Alexa, currently available at retail. Acer looks to be all in with the assistant — Alexa is coming to a number of other PCs from the company, including the Nitro 5 Spin gaming laptop and its all-one-ones in the coming weeks Techcrunch I knew it was a matter of time before Alexa was a competitor with Cortona. I wonder how this will affect the Amazon and Cortana deal.
  • Microsoft announced plans last week to block Flash, Shockwave, and Silverlight content from activating in Office 365. The block will only apply to Office 365 subscription clients, but not to Office 2016, Office 2013, or Office 2010 distributions, the company said. This is a full-on block, and not just Microsoft disabling problematic controls with the option to click on a button and view its content. The block means that Office 365 will prevent Flash, Shockwave, or Silverlight content from playing inside Office documents altogether. Bleeping Computer I am glad flash is such a security issue. There is reason Apple blocked it on the first iPad.
  • To attract customers and get more sales, online businesses employ different marketing strategies. The common tactic used by these businesses is to entice the customer with free offers. The main objective is to get a new customer or keep an existing customer loyal to the brand, and the customer gets a good product or service in return. There are several types of offers online companies have at their disposal. Let’s look at some of the offers they use to sell their products and services to their customers. The most important factor for any online company is to build and maintain an email list. For an email or newsletter subscription, an eBook or valuable information is offered free of charge. Moz, a search engine optimisation company, offers valuable content free of charge to their subscribers every two weeks. Referral promo codes are one of the most common methods used to drive up sales. Companies like Uber used this method to get more customers, and if you get an invite code from your friend or a family member, your first ride on Uber is free. The free ride is valid up to a credit of £15 or £20. Source: Pixabay Online gaming companies offer incentives to attract customers. Bingo companies offer considerable discounts to get new customers and to get the offer, the customer has to register at their site. Offers vary from free to limited deposits. Once registered, the customer can play bingo for free with no deposit as bonus. If you deposit some money, you can play bingo for four to six times worth of the deposit. Source: Pixabay Small-to-medium-sized companies have to rely on free offers to increase sales. Before launching their product or service, they offer free gift cards. In return, you have to subscribe to their email list...