Microsoft's Cortana updates aim to take on Siri, Alexa
March 30, 2016 - Uncategorized
SAN FRANCISCO — Ask someone which digital voice assistant they use most and they’re likely to mention Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa or even Google Now. Only a few might add Microsoft Cortana to that list.
But Microsoft wants to make Cortana more a part of the conversation. During Microsoft’s Build developer conference keynote on Monday, which ushered in the next big version of Windows (Windows Anniversary Update), the company revealed new update to its voice-activated software.
Microsoft is adding new features developers will be able to incorporate Cortana into future software, including the ability to work with Skype and Xbox One. While it’s unclear if this could lead to a greater Cortana initiative in the future — perhaps allowing you to control smart objects in the home (“Cortana, turn off the lights”) — this could be the first step. Read more…