Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) Artificial Brain Is Now Open Source


Open source seems to be the new ‘in’ as companies realize that the model is a great way to garner attention and develop a project incredibly fast. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is one of these companies, and today they’ve announced that their artificial brain project is now open source. This means that Microsoft Brain is now available for any developer to use within their applications, as well as modify.

Microsoft Brian is the software which allows their Cortana digital assitant to recognize speech, as well as Skype to translate on the fly. It is a deep learning framework, whch could eventually become much more than just a speech recognition tool. This move comes after Google open sourced their TensorFlow AI engine last year.

“We want this to be useful not just for academics but for commercial artificial intelligence and deep learning companies,” says Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist.

It will be very interesting to see how developers use Brain in new ways moving forward.

The stock decreased 0.96% or $0.5 during the last trading session, hitting $51.79. Approximately 2,383 shares traded hands. MSFT shares have risen 12.34% since June 19, 2015 and are currently uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 21.21%.

From a total of 18 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock, 14 rate it a “Buy”, 1 a “Sell”, and 3 a “Hold”. This means that 78% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $66 while the lowest target price is $20. The mean of all analyst targets is $54.87 which is 5.95% above today’s ($51.79) stock price. Microsoft Corporation was the topic of 36 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Morgan Stanley upgraded shares on January 13 to a “Overweight” rating. Vetr upgraded shares to a”Strong-Buy” rating and a $47.60 target share price in their report from a September 2. Barclays Capital maintained MSFT stock in a recent report from January 6 with a “Overweight” rating. Global Equities Research maintained the rating on August 28. Global Equities Research has a “Overweight” rating and a $50 price target on shares. Finally, Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to a “Neutral” rating in a report they issued on a December 18.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.08 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.32, from 0.76 in 2015Q2. The ratio increased, as 69 funds sold all their Microsoft Corporation shares they owned while 801 reduced their positions. 93 funds bought stakes while 843 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 5.20 billion shares which is 8.27% less than the previous share count of 5.67 billion in 2015Q2.

Cook & Bynum Capital Management Llc holds 25.5% of its total portfolio in Microsoft Corporation, equating to 717,081 shares. Rwwm Inc. owns 895,414 shares representing 19.69% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Valueact Holdings L.P. has 19.37% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 75.27 million shares. The California-based Smithwood Advisers L.P. has a total of 17.28% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Deccan Value Investors L.P., a Connecticut-based fund reported 2.26 million shares owned.

Since April 28, 2015, the stock had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for a total of $185.75 million in net activity. Gates William H Iii sold 4.00 million shares worth $185.75M. Turner Brian Kevin sold 69,158 shares worth $3.16M. Capossela Christopher C sold 4,485 shares worth $218,464. Brod Frank H sold 4,500 shares worth $215,294.

Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software services and products. The company has a market cap of $417.69 billion. The Firm also creates and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers. It has 34.8 P/E ratio. The Firm operates in five divisions: Devices and Consumer Licensing, D&C Hardware, D&C Other, Commercial Licensing, and Commercial Other.