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Xiaoice

Xiaoice

Empathetic chatbot targeted at the Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian market originally developed by Microsoft since 2014 and spun out as an independently-operating company in July 2020.

Xiaoice is an empathetic chatbot targeted at the Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian market originally developed by Microsoft since 2014 and spun out as an independently-operating company in July 2020.

A small team of Microsoft's Bing researchers released Xiaoice in 2014, which in Chinese means "little Bing." The bot created a sensation in China immediately, and was seen by many as their virtual girlfriend.

Spinout from Microsoft

In July 2020, Microsoft announced that it will spin out Xiaoice into its own company.

The spin-off will see the new entity license technologies from Microsoft for subsequent research and development in Xiaoice and continue to use the Xiaoice brand (and Rinna in Japanese), while Microsoft will retain its stakes in the new company.

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Microsoft spins out 5-year-old Chinese chatbot Xiaoice

Rita Liao

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July 13, 2020

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Rita Liao
July 13, 2020
TechCrunch
Microsoft is shedding its empathetic chatbot Xiaoice into an independent entity, the U.S. software behemoth said (in Chinese) Monday, confirming an earlier report by the Chinese news site Chuhaipost in June. The announcement came several months after Microsoft announced it would close down its voice assistant app Cortana in China among other countries late last year. [...]

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