BUILD 2017: Cortana gets new skills and applications

Microsoft’s language assistant should be smarter. The Cortana Skills Kit already announced in February will now be presented at BUILD 2017.

With this feature, not only third parties will be able to offer their services and applications for Cortana, but also a display device with the language assistant.

Next week Wednesday it starts: BUILD 2017 is back in the starting holes andMicrosoft has already published the agenda for the days. There will be much to go about cloud services and artificial intelligence.

Mixed Reality, the UWP development, Windows 10 IoT and many other topics are also discussed at the developer conference. As it appears, Microsoft is now also planning to introduce the so-called Cortana Skills Kit.

Actually, this feature should be available to the public at the end of February. Well, Pustekuchen! But apparently, users would not want to be left in the rain any longer, which is why there are several sessions.

With this Skills Kit, Cortana should be more easily used by third parties to offer their own services, bots, and applications. These should run on Windows, Android, iOS as well as on the Xbox.

The Windows integrated language assistant is to get the skills not only new skills and apps from outside. Also conceivable would be independent Cortana devices, such as Amazon Echo. And where we are back in the echo: Microsoft announced in December already a display Cortana loudspeaker, which should be Linux-based.

I think we will listen to this device even more on the BUILD

With the Skills Kit, Cortana could be theoretically just as “smart” as the competition Alexa. However, if you have already used the echo, you know that there is still a lot to be done.

Though Alexa has more than 10,000 skills, she is not convinced by her omniscient character or ease of use. Cortana currently offers mainly in-house features.

During the sessions at the developer conference, the use of natural language as a method of input for interacting with the language assistant will be discussed. In addition, Microsoft would like to show how applications can be implemented, which can only be operated by voice control.



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