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Samsung, Microsoft Step Up Cloud, AI Partnership

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The two technology giants are looking at the big picture! Samsung is all set to strengthen its cloud and AI partnership with Microsoft, with both companies outlining some elaborate plans for the future.

As this report reveals, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-young met with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Seoul on Wednesday, and the two discussed the plans the South Korean company has for these two emerging fields.

Nadella was in the city to deliver a keynote speech at the Future Now artificial intelligence conference, hosted by Microsoft Korea.

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He revealed how Samsung has utilized Azure to develop some of its latest offerings:

“Take the example of Samsung Electronics’ IoT-based air conditioner that runs on Azure. By taking into account environmental factors, like the number of people, the smart air conditioner can save up to 25 percent in energy and 30 percent in costs.”

As part of this expanded deal, Samsung is said to be looking to use Microsoft cloud services on some of its smartphones, as well as other consumer and enterprise machines.

Microsoft meanwhile already uses semiconductors manufacturers by Samsung for its Azure cloud servers, and the Korean firm would no doubt be looking to sell Redmond more such hardware in the near and upcoming future.

Worth a mention that Samsung already ships Microsoft Office applications on many of its smartphones after a patent deal with Microsoft.

Taking it further, using Azure to power Samsung devices and embedding the cloud platform more smart hardware can only mean a big boost for the service.

Written by Melanie Russell

Melanie Russel lives in rural North Carolina. With a degree in statistics, his research interests include probability theory, time series analysis and network flow dynamics. When not geeking out over AI technologies, she is likely to be geeking over film, software or pretending to play the guitar.

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