2017 has barely started and Microsoft is already making some big moves. The company has made its first acquisition by purchasing a deep learning startup called Maluuba. The acquisition details are still a mystery, and Microsoft said it will share company’s plans with Maluuba in coming months.
The startup focuses on natural language processing, machine reading comprehension, dialogue understanding, and general (human) intelligence capabilities. It will be joining the recently created combined Artificial Intelligence and Research Group.
“Microsoft is an excellent match for our company. Their ambitious vision of democratizing AI to empower every person and every organization on the planet fundamentally aligns with how we see our technology being used. Microsoft provides us the opportunity to deliver our work to the billions of consumer and enterprise users that can benefit from the advent of truly intelligent machines. In short, our new partnership enables us to advance more quickly toward our vision of creating literate machines,” said Maluuba’s co-founders Sam Pasupalak and Kaheer Suleman in a blog post,