Today, Microsoft and Sony announced that they are forming a strategic partnership with one another, collaborating on cloud services and AI technology.
The two companies will work together on a number of technologies and solutions largely focused around Microsoft Azure's cloud services. This will include looking into ways Azure can be used with Sony's existing streaming services both for games and other content.
The pair will also look at improving AI technology for customers, working together on intelligent image sensor technology and incorporating the work Microsoft has already done with Azure on both AI and cloud, as well as Sony's understanding of image sensors and semiconductors.
"For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas," said Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. "I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content. Additionally, I hope that in the areas of semiconductors and AI, leveraging each company's cutting-edge technology in a mutually complementary way will lead to the creation of new value for society."
"Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation," said Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO. "Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers."