- Xiaomi will be able to use Microsoft’s cloud computing products
- The two companies aim to make smart devices and upgraded phones
- This deal will also give Microsoft broader access to the Chinese market
According to Xiaomi, it stands to benefit from “Microsoft’s globally leading technologies in cloud computing and AI.” The Chinese brand might also integrate Microsoft Cortana with the Mi AI speaker – a budget speaker with a modern look.
Since they have chosen to sign a memorandum, their partnership is not legally binding and it is unclear if any financials are involved, the Verge reported late on Friday.
So far, Microsoft has only developed one Cortana smart speaker “Harman Kardon Invoke” that has struggled to compete with other popular digital assistant speakers from Amazon, Google and Apple.
Microsoft and Xiaomi are also in talks about projects that will use several Microsoft AI technology, including conversational AI and speech and services like Bing, Edge and Skype, the report said.
Microsoft and Xiaomi have ties that date back to 2015, when they signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices.
Last year, Xiaomi was the world’s fifth most popular smartphone company, shipping 92.4 million phones, trailing the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, according to numbers released by market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).