Items tagged with Cortana

Have you been itching to get your hands on the Cortana Skills Kit? Microsoft just announced at Build 2017 in Seattle, Washington that the Cortana Skills Kit will now be available for public preview. The kit had originally only been available for select developers. According to Microsoft, Cortana is “the world’s most personal and extensible digital assistant—now easier than ever to integrate with your solutions.” Cortana uses natural language processing, therefore, developers do not need to code every variation. Cortana proactively suggests skills to each user and offers an unique experience based... Read more...
Amazon and Google are duking it out in the smart home speaker market, the former with its Alexa-enabled Echo products and the latter with its Google Home device, but this is not a two-horse race. As the market grows, so does the competition. Harman Kardon has taken notice and is partnering with Microsoft to offer a smart speaker of its own, one that is powered by Cortana. According to a new teaser page on Harman Kardon's website, it will introduce its Invoke smart speaker powered by Cortana sometime this fall. The voice-controller speaker will work similarly to the competition, allowing users to... Read more...
Most of us could probably stand to be a little bit more organized, whether it's remembering to pick up milk on the way home or making sure not to miss little Katie's recital right after turning in those blueprints to the boss at noon. That is where digital assistants can be useful. Cortana is one of them and Microsoft is making its smarty pants AI even more helpful by having her hold you accountable to what you say in emails. "Cortana already gives you reminders for people, places and times, and helps you make and manage to-do lists so you don’t forget a thing. Now, Cortana can help you remember... Read more...
Microsoft continues to dish out new Windows 10 preview builds to Windows Insiders at a furious pace. The latest version (build 15007) is another one that has been released to Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring and applies to both PC and mobile. It brings with it a surprising amount of new features, considering how fleshed out the previous release was, including several improvements to Cortana.Microsoft's digital assistant can now help users pick up where they left off when using multiple PCs. While that can sometimes be a cumbersome process, the newest build has Cortana displaying... Read more...
First there was Amazon Echo, then came along Google Home. Now it looks as though Microsoft is looking to get in on the digital AI assistant/speaker movement with the help of Harman Kardon — a brand that is about to be tucked under Samsung’s wing with the acquisition of Harman. Although the device doesn’t have an official name at this point, it would be the first third-party device to integrate Cortana AI with speaker hardware. Although we can’t see the full product, it looks similar in design to the Amazon Echo with a towering cylindrical shape. Where it differs, however, is with what appears to... Read more...
"Hey, Cortana. Should I really eat that last piece of cheesecake in the fridge?" You might laugh now, but soon, that kind of question could become a reality, as Microsoft is looking to infuse as many of the forthcoming IoT devices with not just Windows 10, but its Cortana AI assistant, as well. At Microsoft's WinHEC conference in Shenzhen last week, the company detailed its Windows 10 IoT editions, of which there are three depending on the type of device in use. For serious equipment, like robotics, there's Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, while for things like POS... Read more...
Microsoft has taught Cortana a new skill just in time for the holiday shopping season. It's the ability to create and manage lists, something most of use do throughout the year and especially during the holiday months. After all, there are grocery items to buy for the big feast and presents to pick up for the kids, and it's not like the daily responsibilities of work go away during this time of year. Cortana can help, provided she's your digital assistant of choice these days. If so, you can now have Cortana make lists and update them as needed in Windows 10 and through Cortana on your mobile device... Read more...
In case you haven't already picked up on it, helpful artificial intelligence is making a big play to become embedded in many of the devices that we use on a daily basis. With its top-end Pixel smartphone, Google has an AI assistant running throughout the entire OS. And we just recently learned that Samsung will apparently push the AI focus hard with its upcoming Galaxy S8. Now, we learn that Microsoft wants to up its AI game with Cortana. The goal with any solution like this is to not only provide specific information at your beck and call, but to be able to interact with that AI in the... Read more...
Two of the biggest phrases in technology right now are deep learning and artificial intelligence. They're intertwined with one another, and Microsoft is betting big on both, as company CEO Satya Nadella recently underscored during a keynote at Microsoft's Ignite conference for IT professionals. As part of that ambitious transformation effort, Microsoft today announced the formation of what it's calling the Microsoft AI and Research Group. The new division brings together Microsoft's renowned research division with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company's efforts... Read more...
We’ve stated on many occasions that Windows 10 is an excellent operating system, albeit one with a few rough edges that could be smoothed-out. However, Microsoft has angered some users over the past year or so, in its willingness to dance right up to the line of what customers feel is acceptable practice for promoting adoption of its new OS. Further, some feel the company crossed that line with respect to user data collection and privacy concerns. It looks as though Microsoft stands to garner more criticism if its recent patent filing comes to life in a production software product. The title... Read more...
When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, many users were dismayed to hear that Microsoft had removed the toggle switch allowing you to completely disable the Cortana digital assistant. "With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana," said Microsoft about Cortana’s elevated status in the Anniversary Update. "Customers can expect the same great search experience powered by Bing and Microsoft Edge with the added benefit of Cortana’s personality."Cortana enabled in Windows 10 Anniversary Update However, despite earlier reports, there is still a way to completely... Read more...
The Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling out Microsoft for disregarding user privacy in Windows 10. The foundation is concerned that in Microsoft’s race to get Windows 10 on a billion devices by 2018, it has put user privacy on the back burner. Microsoft first installed an app in users’ system trays that advertised the free upgrade to Windows 10. When this tactic largely failed, Microsoft bundled the Windows 10 update in a variety of security patches. Microsoft then tried to feature Windows 10 as a “recommended update”. Microsoft even decided to interpret a user’s click on the ‘X’ in the... Read more...
If you haven’t already made the upgrade to Windows 10 — and believe us, you’ve had plenty of time to do so and plenty of forewarning — the free upgrade “window” has officially closed. Those who use Assistive Technologies can still upgrade for free (for now), but everyone else will need to pony up $119 for the privilege. With that being said, the next big thing on Microsoft’s agenda is the Anniversary Update, which is the first major update for Windows 10. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be released to the general public tomorrow, and here’s what to expect when you install it on your Windows... Read more...
Cortana, the voice-controlled personal digital assistant that helps you find things on your PC and the web, is getting a promotion from an on-call employee to full-time status. That's to stay you won't be able to turn Cortana off once Microsoft rolls out its Anniversary Update for Windows 10, which is scheduled to arrive on August 2, 2016. "With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana," Microsoft said in a statement. "Customers can expect the same great search experience powered by Bing and Microsoft Edge with the added benefit of Cortana’s personality." This isn't necessarily... Read more...
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