Microsoft is working on a 'home hub' that appears to be a Cortana-like device that is built to live in the Kitchen like an Echo or Google Home.
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Microsoft needs to bring Cortana to the kitchen before it is too late; the market is ripe for this type of device and they have all the technology.
Microsoft has artificially kept Windows phone on life support since its mid-2015 decision to wind down its smartphone ambitions. There are a lot of theories about why the software giant is doing this. But here's the real reason.
Starting with Windows 10 version 1607---which you get by applying the Anniversary Update---Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant, is no longer disabled by default. But what if you don't want Cortana? Is it possible to disable this feature anymore?
Over the past week, Microsoft has updated its Cortana apps on both Android and iOS with photo reminder and cross-device support. These changes make Cortana the only truly cross-platform personal digital assistant.
Later this year, Apple will bring Siri to the desktop where they hope to succeed with what Microsoft has struggled, get people to talk to their PC.
The Microsoft Health app for Android is being updated today, adding support for the Cortana digital personal assistant. Yes, that means that you can now use Cortana on your Band 2.
On Wednesday, Google broadcast the day one keynote for its 10th annual I/O conference, with most of the announcements pertaining to products and services that won't ship for many months. The biggest was for a product called Google Home, which brings its conversational digital personal assistant technologies to your home for the first time.
If you have an Android phone and are running the latest version of the Windows 10 Insider builds, your notifications will now sync to your desktop.
Microsoft has closed a technical loophole that allowed third party search providers to override how Cortana works in Windows 10. The change ensures that Cortana works as always intended, and doesn't impact search engine configuration in web browsers.
Two weeks after my wife and I invited Alexa into our home, we're saying goodbye to the Amazon Echo and returning it to Amazon for a refund. The reason? This technology, while interesting and a clear peek at the future, just isn't essential.
The version of Cortana in the shipping (1511) version of Windows 10 has been updated to support instant translations in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Cortana uses a Microsoft Translator back-end to perform this magical feat, which can translate to a wide range of other languages.
Microsoft revealed today that it will be adding more Cortana features to Insiders, and will do so across the devices that this personal digital assistant supports. These include low battery notifications, Find My Phone/Ring My Phone integration, and, most interesting, map sharing across devices.
Microsoft has moved much more quickly than Apple to integrate its personal digital assistant technology across a wide range of product types. And at Build 2016 last week, we got a fascinating peek at where Cortana is going next: Which is to say, everywhere.
Microsoft is updating Cortana in Windows 10 so that it can suggest reminders based on your email and help you better manage your calendar by giving you insights into your schedule. The updates are arriving first for Insiders, of course.