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Microsoft is acquiring a Texas-based AI startup as it prepares for the next wave of the cloud wars (MSFT)

Microsoft is acquiring a Texas-based AI startup as it prepares for the next wave of the cloud wars (MSFT)
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Microsoft announced Wednesday it would acquire an Austin-based software product design and development studio called XOXCO.




XOXCO is known for Howdy, a bot for the popular Slack work chat app that helps schedule meetings, as well as Botkit, which provides development tools for the GitHub code-sharing service.




Microsoft has acquired several other AI startups this year, including Semantic Machines, Bonsai, and Lobe.




Microsoft also announced updates to its AI platform, including a new technology called Cognitive Services Containers.



Microsoft announced Wednesday that it would acquire XOXCO, the software company behind a friendly chatbot called Howdy, that helps users of the popular Slack work chat app schedule meetings.
XOXCO, a nine-year-old Austin based company, also created Botkit, which provides development tools for the software development platform GitHub —which was, incidentally, offically acquired by Microsoft just last month. Also of note is that Slack is the primary rival to Microsoft Teams, the tech titan's own chat app.
"We have shared goals to foster a community of startups and innovators, share best practices and continue to amplify our focus on conversational AI, as well as to develop tools for empowering people to create experiences that do more with speech and language," Lili Cheng, corporate VP of conversational AI at Microsoft, said in a statement.
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