With an aim to strengthen its position in the budding era of conversational intelligence using artificial intelligence (AI), the software giant Microsoft has recently acquired a California-based messaging app founded by an Indian-origin entrepreneur.
Wand Labs, which builds messaging technology for apps, was incepted by an Indian-origin entrepreneur Vishal Sharma in 2013. The company was active in developing in areas specific to “Conversation as a Platform”.
The acquisition builds on and extends the power of the Bing, Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows platforms to empower developers everywhere. The acquired company’s experience with semantics and messaging are considered as a "natural fit" for the current Microsoft work, especially in the area of intelligent agents and cognitive services.
According to David Ku, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, in a blog post, “This acquisition accelerates our vision and strategy for Conversation as a Platform, which Satya Nadella introduced at our ‘Build 2016? conference in March…..Wand Labs’ technology and talent will strengthen our position in the emerging era of conversational intelligence, where we bring together the power of human language with advanced machine intelligence, connecting people to knowledge, information, services and other people in more relevant and natural ways”.
According to Microsoft, Vishal is a unique talent and a well-respected thought leader in this area. “We are confident that he and his team can make significant contributions to our innovation of Bing intelligence in this new era of Conversation as a Platform. I am excited to welcome Vishal and the Wand Labs team to Microsoft,” Ku added.
The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.