While Cortana is seen by many as the poor cousin to Apple's Siri, Microsoft is charging ahead anyway with its Cortana app for Apple's iOS devices, offering the beta version to testers recently.
Google is stepping up its efforts in the mobile digital assistant game, according to a post on the official Google Search blog. The voice assistant found in the Google mobile application now better understands the natural speech of humans and is smarter when it comes to the context of questions people ask.
Apple's Siri – the first mobile digital assistant to the market – is still the most popular, beating out new comers Microsoft's Cortana and Google Now in a survey of users by Expert Exchange.
While Google, Microsoft and IBM jump at the chance to present their artificial intelligence findings, Apple tells its AI workers to not even put who they work for on LinkedIn.
Apple continued to gird its artificial intelligence portfolio recently with the acquisition of a startup called Perceptio. Add that to another recent acquisition, natural language-focused VocalIQ, and it seems that the company is trying to make a push in the increasingly heated mobile digital assistant space.
Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a speech recognition startup that uses artificial intelligence to improve computer-human communication, the Financial Times reported, citing sources close to the transaction.
While the uninitiated might think artificial intelligence as a business tool is still a ways off, researchers are already using AI and machine learning in ways with definite enterprise use cases, according to an AI expert.
Microsoft today released an Android public beta for its virtual assistant Cortana, according to a blog post from the company. The release will pit Cortana squarely against Google's own voice-activated assistance offering Google Now.
Virtualization software provider Parallels today made the whole of Windows 10 available to Mac users with its latest offering, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. The new product also gives Mac users access to a virtual assistant, Microsoft's Cortana, a function that has long been strangely absent from Apple computers.
According to an article at Business Insider citing unnamed sources, Apple is toying with the idea of using Siri to transcribe voicemails into text messages.