Xiaomi Senior Vice President Wang Xiang tweeted about the extension of the companies' partnership on February 23.
"We have signed a Strategic MoU today with @Microsoft to collaborate in cloud support, AI and laptop-type devices. This will help accelerate our pace to bring more exciting products and services to our users, and also allow Microsoft to reach more users using Xiaomi products!" Xiang tweeted.
The most recent addition to the Microsoft-Xiaomi pact covers several service components, according to TechCrunch.
Xiaomi will use Azure for data storage, compute and other services. Microsoft will co-market Xiaomi laptops and laptop-type devices running Windows. The two vendors also are considering a potential collaboration on AI-powered speakers using Cortana, as well as in other AI areas, including computer vision, speech, natural language processing, text input, knowledge graph and search, according to a statement that Microsoft provided to TechCrunch, via Microsoft products including Bing, Edge, Cortana, Xiaoice, SwiftKey, Translator, Pix, Cognitive Services and Skype.
I've contacted Microsoft for further specifics about the February 23 extension of its Xiaomi partnership. No word back so far.