Microsoft has applied for over 1,000 patents related to artificial intelligence or machine learning since 2012. These patents illustrate the use of AI in areas like healthcare, financial services, security, and more.
In recent years, artificial intelligence has become a growing priority for Microsoft.
During a July 2018 keynote address, the company’s CEO Satya Nadella expressed just how central the technology is to all areas of the Microsoft business, stating that Microsoft “will infuse everything with AI.”
Today, Microsoft’s AI initiatives are split between EVP of Cloud + AI Scott Guthrie and EVP of AI and Research Harry Shum.
The company’s recent research activity also supports Nadella’s past claims and leadership directives. Since 2012, Microsoft has applied for over 1,000 patents related to artificial intelligence or machine learning.
Although the patent data from 2017 and 2018 is not yet complete, Microsoft has shown record high interest in R&D related to AI over the past few years.
And while many of these patents won’t necessarily become products, Microsoft’s interest alone suggests that artificial intelligence and machine learning will be a primary focus for years to come.
Using CB Insights’ Patent Analytics, we surface 8 examples of where Microsoft looks to leverage artificial intelligence. Below, we dig into these patents, which hint at what Microsoft’s future of artificial intelligence may look like.