​​​
  1. After SoftBank, Microsoft invests in ride-hailing app Grab; to provide its expertise in AI, big data

After SoftBank, Microsoft invests in ride-hailing app Grab; to provide its expertise in AI, big data

Grab counts Amazon Web Services among its existing cloud suppliers and has worked in the past with major shareholder Didi Chuxing to adopt new technologies.

By: | Updated: October 9, 2018 12:36 PM
Grab currently operates in eight different countries.

Microsoft Corp. will invest an unspecified amount in Grab as the ride-hailing giant adopts the U.S. company’s Azure as its preferred platform for cloud services. Under the five-year deal, the companies will collaborate on technologies including big data, artificial intelligence and connected car platforms. Grab counts Amazon Web Services among its existing cloud suppliers and has worked in the past with major shareholder Didi Chuxing to adopt new technologies.

Microsoft is trying to catch up with Amazon.com Inc. in winning large business customers for Azure, which runs cloud computing applications and stores data. Grab, which operates in eight different countries, wants the U.S. company’s natural language processing capabilities to provide real-time translations for passengers and their drivers.

“We see so many companies that use tech in new, unique ways to build businesses in the region,” Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of business development, said in a joint interview with Grab President Ming Maa. “Together, we can produce a number of new, exciting services we may not even visualize yet.”

The Microsoft investment is part of a targeted $3 billion of funding that Singapore-based Grab expects to raise by the end of the year, Maa said. They declined to specify the size of the investment.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Go to Top