Adobe has called on the expertise of Microsoft’s Cognitive Services to help develop a new voice AI. Showcased today, the AI is able to answer queries in a more natural voice regarding documents. Called Intelligent Agents, the service is so far a prototype, but Adobe says it is already trained to understand search terms and contract agreements.

Adobe leveraged Microsoft’s AI expertise to help create Intelligent Agents, which works within the company’s Document Cloud software. While the prototype is unlikely to be available just yet, Adobe has given a full break down of its capabilities at Sneaks, an event that shows what software the company is working on.

While Intelligent Agents seems functional, Adobe is non-committal on a release date. However, it seems a surefire developmental tool that will one day be available on Document Cloud.

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Among the AI’s capabilities are understanding voice queries for documents stored in the Scan apps. Furthermore, the tool could also one day search for white papers in Acrobat PDFs.

“This technology extracts intelligence from documents to help people make better, faster decisions while they’re on the go. Users can talk to their documents and quickly surface relevant information. This technology has implications for anyone who deals with long form documents, including contracts and academic papers.” – Adobe

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Microsoft and Adobe have been in partnership since 2016, seeking to streamline business through intelligent solutions. Intelligent Agents would produce a visual image of texts in a response to queries delivered in natural language.

AI development and training through machine learning allow tools to compare contracts by matching similar language across documents. Adobe says it is already leveraging this technology on its Compare feature for Acrobat.

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