Cortana is Rolling Out in Skype for Android and iOS

Posted on October 9, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile, Skype with 16 Comments

Microsoft announced today that it has started rolling out Cortana inside of the Skype app for Android and iOS.

“We are bringing Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent assistant, into Skype to help you in your everyday conversations,” the Skype Team wrote in a new blog post today. “With Cortana, we’ve added a powerful, intelligent assistant to help you with your everyday tasks right where you are and save you time.”

If this sounds like it’s been a long time coming, well, it has: Microsoft first revealed its plan to bring Cortana to Skype, as a bot, way back in April 2016 at its Build conference.

But the new Cortana integration with Skype goes a bit deeper than that. Yes, you can still manually summon Cortana by starting a new conversation with the bot, or by adding Cortana to an existing Cortana. But now, Cortana will also appear automatically in some cases, when it senses it can be useful.

“Cortana can detect when you’re talking about scheduling events or things you have to do and will recommend setting up a reminder, which you will receive on all your devices that have Cortana enabled,” Microsoft explains. “So, whether you’re talking about weekend plans or an important work appointment, nothing will slip through the cracks.”

It’s not clear yet how deep this integration is, and which actions will trigger the automatic Cortana appearances. But you should be able to find out soon enough: Cortana in Skype is being gradually rolled out, starting today, with Skype users on Android and iOS in the United States first.


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Comments (17)

17 responses to “Cortana is Rolling Out in Skype for Android and iOS”

  1. david.thunderbird

    US first? Why couldn't they start in Skype's original country first?

  2. Stooks

    Exactly what nobody asked for!!!

    Microsoft please do NOT mess up the Xbox One X roll out. I want my Scorpio edition pre-order to live up to its hype.

    I recently moved back to Gmail after giving Outlook dot com yet another try. You can't sync contact pictures, ring tones and SMS tones to the iPhone contact app. Same for Android phones. I do get all kinds of information like "live:361a549f21c45t7" in contacts that use Skype because Skype is connected to my account even though I don't use it and you can't separate the two. In fact sometimes it replaces the contacts name all together. Gmail contacts sync perfectly, pictures and ring tones per contact.

    Microsoft just needs to give up the consumer world save for the Xbox. Or sell it to someone who will take care of it.

  3. Jason Peter

    i remember the wonderful Fisher Price kiddy UI change Skype underwent recently. Brilliant work there.

    But the good news is, it couldn’t get any worse, right?

    Microsoft: kindly hold my beer...

    Serious question: will there be anyway to turn this feature off? Or better yet, set it for opt-in?

    • MutualCore

      In reply to Jason_P:

      Not so. People have voted with their wallets that they prefer multi-color elements on white background. This looks very Snapchatty which is the point I guess. Sure it may seem insulting to older folks like you and me, but this is the way of the world. Look at all of Apple's latest Photos app, same stuff.

  4. Bats

    This is not surprising at all. After all, Google Assistant in running on Google Allo and it's actually quite fun and useful. It's quite obvious, due to Microsoft behavior in recent years, that they are copying Google. I just hope it's as good as Google's Assistant.

    I mentioned weeks ago, how stupid the Skype bots are, when I experienced them playing A Skype game. To repeat what I posted weeks ago, I was playing this Doctor Who game on Skype. On the game "The Doctor" asked me if I wanted to explore a planet. I said No, however the Skype bot took my answer as a Yes.

    Cortana has been out for a while now and it's still so very dumb. What's funny is, is that Satya Nadella keeps lecturing us about the greatness of Microsoft AI, and that's simply not the case now, even with Cortana being around for a few years now.

  5. charms55

    "Looks like your starting a meeting...." Clippy

  6. Paul O'Flaherty

    As one of the (apparently very small number of) people who like and use Cortana, and who has not yet jumped off the sinking ship that is Windows Mobile, I'd like to see MS do another partnership with an Android hardware maker like Samsung and provide a phone where MS services are not just front and centre, but FULLY integrated with the phone including Cortana (calling via 'Hey Cortana' or home button press, not having to start via an app), contacts that properly and reliably sync and so on.

    I'm not sure even I see much value incorporating Cortana into Skype (though I don't think it can hurt) but I do hope it is a step (along with Edge on Android) towards such an MS/Android hybrid (Frankenstein?) device.

  7. MixedFarmer75

    We, as in everybody in Canada, are still waiting for Cortana on Android.

  8. glenn8878

    Alexa is the only assistant I speak regularly to. I don’t need another.

  9. Tony Barrett

    I think it's pretty obvious that for most Android/iOS owners, they'll never see an MS application on their handset, and this is Microsoft's insurmountable problem now. Using other vendors platforms makes their services entirely optional. Unless you specifically chose to install MS apps and use them *in preference* to Apple and Google's offerings, MS will never gain any serious traction. Once again, MS will just be picking up the scraps left by the big two. Integration will always be half-hearted and within the confines and limitations of what Google and Apple allow. It's going to be another painful lesson learned for MS.

  10. Ron Diaz

    Cortana and Skype. Two losers that are perfect together. Microsoft still thinks stapling two turkeys together will make an eagle....

  11. MutualCore

    Paul - why did you not mention that 'smart replies' are part of this update? That's a big new addition. I enjoy smart replies on GMail for the last months and this is going to make Skype way better.

  12. JustMe

    Please just tell me there is a way to turn Cortana off in Skype....

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  14. Adey

    thanks from iOSCraze man for sharing this awesome news

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