In this article from VentureBeat, read about Scott Guthrie’s excitement about ONNX.

“Even today with the ONNX workloads for AI, the compelling part is you can now build custom models or use our models, again using TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, whatever framework you want, and then know that you can hardware-accelerate it whether it’s on the latest Nvidia GPU, whether it’s on the new AMD GPUs, whether it’s on Intel FPGA, whether it’s on someone else’s FPGA or new silicon we might release in the future. That to me is more compelling than ‘do we have a better instruction set at the hardware level’ and generally what I find resonates best with customers.”

Here’s an interesting look at Microsoft’s AI strategy from Computer Weekly, with some great quotes from Scott Guthrie.

For AI, Microsoft appears to be putting a lot of emphasis on the developer community. Its head of Cloud + AI business is Scott Guthrie, who has a developer background and co-invented Microsoft’s original ASP.NET web application technology. Guthrie is the Microsoft executive vice president with responsibility for a large chunk of Microsoft’s business, including Cloud, Windows Server, database, CRM, ERP, and the AI platform.

“Our business model at Microsoft is focused on delivering a B2B [business to business] experience and helping our partners and customers deliver to their customers, and that’s a differentiator that increasingly comes up versus Amazon as well as Google, given that their business model is ultimately about reaching users.”