AI's, Bots and Canvases Part IV: The war is on! Microsoft is not alone

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The world of personal computing is in a perpetual state of evolution. And there is no greater force instigating the advancement of technology than competition.
Throughout this series, we have focused on the strategies and technologies that Microsoft is bringing to the table in the industry's shift toward AI and bots. Of course, though Microsoft is an industry leader in technologies such as natural language processing, machine learning, AI and deep neural networks, the company does not exist in a vacuum.
Industry juggernauts such as Facebook, Google and Apple are positioning themselves for success in an age where communication mediums such as messaging platforms or Conversation Canvases (as Microsoft calls them), infused with intelligence are poised to become a major platform for personal computing.
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The artificial intelligent digital assistant war is in full swing.
Firms are also making their respective artificial intelligent digital assistants more competitive. By enhancing them with more capabilities, merging them with other tools or opening them to third-party developers the artificial intelligent digital assistant war is in full swing. The industry giants are not the only players offering appealing solutions in this area, however. The startup Viv, founded by the creators of Siri, presents a captivating answer to the AI digital assistant.

Competition is indeed fierce. Microsoft's comprehensive and strategic approach is ambitious, but not without its challengers. In this piece, we will highlight what Microsoft's competition is bringing to the AI and bots table.

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