Microsoft Plans to Back More AI Startups Through Venture Funding
That’s according to information #Microsoft officials provided to the company’s OEM partners at #WinHEC2016 in Shenzhen last week, in a session titled ” #Cortana and the #SpeechPlatform,” Microsoft Principal Program Manager May Ji outlined the ways that Microsoft wants its PC and device partners to make use of new “Wake on Voice from Modern Standby” and “Far-field Voice” support that’s being added to #Windows10 with the Creators Update that’s due out in the Spring of 2017. Wake on Voice from Modern Standby is a feature that allows Cortana to turn on PCs from off to a full-powered state on devices with Windows 10 “Modern Standby” power-management support. Far-field voice is what will allow Cortana to work in rooms with ambient noise at a distance of up to 13 feet/4 meters away. The Cortana on Windows 10 IoT Core rollout, which could lag by a few months the rollout of Windows 10 Creators Update for PCs and phones (if history is any indication) will begin with Cortana in English for the US and UK markets, she said, with additional language support coming over time. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which Microsoft released in early August 2016, Microsoft provided a first step toward making Cortana work better with PCs from afar. The “immersive Cortana experience” in Windows 10 Anniversary allowed Cortana to work above the lockscreen. With the Creators Update, Microsoft plans to make these kinds of capabilities more robust, as Windows Insiders running test build 14986 on PCs began seeing last week. While some company watchers are expecting the addition of Far-field Voice to enable OEMs to build Windows-based devices similar to #Amazon ‘s #Echo and #Google ‘s #Home, Ji made it clear during her session that Microsoft’s focus — even with devices running the Internet of Things ( #IoT ) Core version of Windows 10 — will be to have Cortana work on devices with screens, not those without screens.