Xiaomi and Microsoft

Xiaomi has signed a memorandom with Microsoft

In July, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi jumped into the smart speaker race. Xiaomi and Microsoft have signed a memorandum to team up. New products from this team is not guaranteed.  — though it probably won’t find its way to American shores, given how had a time it’s had penetrating the US and European markets. Today, the company made a different move with artificial intelligence, signing a deal with Microsoft to partner up on projects involving AI, cloud computing and hardware to help the device company expand into other markets.

Xiaomi and Microsoft
Xiaomi and Microsoft

Both companies will see how well it works when it integrates with Cortana. It is the first step toward greater collaboration on smart speaker products. As The Verge points out, Microsoft’s sole entry in that market, the Harmon Kardon Invoke, had a hard time prying market share away from digital assistant speakers by Amazon and Google.

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding, Xiaomi will harness Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to expand services for its users, including data storage and bandwidth.

The last item both companies plan to collaborate on are different kinds of Microsoft AI tech. They include technologies like vision, speech, natural language processing, conversational intelligence. They also include more — things to help make Microsoft’s consumer-facing software (Bing, Edge, Cortana, SwiftKey, Skype, etc) smarter.

While it’s way too early to name any possible products. The memorandum notes Xiaomi’s strong hardware experience as potential direction for their synergistic efforts. Of course, it’s also just a memorandum, not a binding document. So this partnership isn’t absolutely guaranteed to result in a novel new product featuring the best of both companies’ worlds.

 

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