IBM is expanding its offering for the Watson computer, the first personal computer to be built entirely from scratch, with an offering of IBM’s popular Watson software.
The Watson software will be offered for use with the company’s main IBM Cloud platform, a move that will give the company a foothold in the market for Watson-powered personal computers, according to people familiar with the matter.
The move will provide IBM with a major advantage over rivals such as Microsoft Corp., which is also developing its own personal computers.
IBM’s Watson software, which will compete with Google Inc.’s Android operating system, is built on top of IBM cloud services, which include Google’s cloud computing service, Google Cloud Platform, and Google Apps, a cloud platform built by IBM.
In a statement, IBM said its Watson software “provides advanced intelligence capabilities that make it easier for businesses to identify, understand and interact with complex data.”
The move follows an announcement by IBM last year that it would invest $3 billion to build a personal computer that could be built on IBM’s cloud platform.
IBM said at the time that its Watson platform would offer the same capabilities and ease of use as a desktop computer.IBM’s Watson technology, which is based on IBM Watson software and will be used with IBM Cloud, will be available for purchase starting next year.
IBM announced plans in March to buy a controlling stake in the cloud platform, which the company said would give it a better grip on cloud computing.IBD/Weill Cornell, a business research firm, said Watson software would be offered through IBM’s Cloud Platform in early 2018.
IBM did not disclose when the service would be available.IBH/IBM declined to comment.
The announcement follows IBM’s announcement last year to sell a controlling interest in its cloud platform to the technology company VMware.
VMware is building a competitor to Amazon.com Inc.’, but the deal is still being negotiated.
The sale of a controlling share in IBM’s software platform could give IBM the ability to acquire a greater share of the market and a greater degree of control over the development of new technologies, analysts said.IBUH/Reuters