Microsoft & Xiaomi have been known to be working together for some time now. While the idea of running Windows Phone OS on Xiaomi Hardware failed terribly, they do have a good number of share for pre-installed apps, and patents. This is what is going on right now :
AI & Hardware
- Bring Cortana to Xioami’s Mi AI Speaker.
- Cooperative projects based on Microsoft’s AI tech, “such as Computer Vision, Speech, Natural Language Processing, Text Input, Conversational AI, Knowledge Graph, and Search,
- Microsoft AI products and services, such as Bing, Edge, Cortana, XiaoIce, SwiftKey, Translator, Pix, Cognitive Services and Skype.
Xiaomi will use Microsoft’s Azure platform to support data storage, computing, and bandwidth for International Markets. They will also work with Microsoft joint marketing, channel support, and product development for “Xiaomi’s laptop and laptop-style devices” in international markets.
These deals will help both the companies to increase their footprint in markets that are still unexplored and hard to penetrate. Especially on the Cortana front, Xiaomi can be a key to give Cortana that extra fuel that is much needed with Amazon and Google leading the market