Microsoft is reorganizing resources into a new Artificial Intelligence with more than 5,000 team members working together.  This is outlined in following links:

http://www.pcmag.com/news/348347/microsoft-bets-big-on-ai-with-new-division

Microsoft might be putting its phone hardware business on the backburner, but it’s going all in on artificial intelligence with a new division focused entirely on the emerging technology.  Redmond’s new Artificial Intelligence team includes more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers who will work to standardize AI. It will become the company’s fourth major division alongside Windows, Office, and Cloud. Members of Microsoft Research, as well as the Information Platform Group, Bing and Cortana product groups, and the Ambient Computing and Robotics teams will join the AI division.

http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/09/29/the-next-milestone-in-microsofts-journey/

Today, Microsoft announced a new group that will help accelerate this evolution. It will include Microsoft Research along with the company’s Information Platform Group, Bing and Cortana product groups, and our Ambient Computing and Robotics teams. The combined group will include more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers.

I’ve worked on both research and product teams, and I see incredible potential for this new group. Today, AI is shifting the computer science research supply chain and blurring lines between research and product. End-to-end innovation in AI will not come from isolated research labs alone, but from the combination of at-scale production workloads together with deep technology advancements in algorithms, systems and experiences. The new group will provide greater opportunity to accelerate our innovation in AI, and to enable Microsoft to create truly intelligent systems and products for our customers. I believe we have some of the best AI talent on the planet, and we’ll continue to attract even more