Microsoft already has Cortana up and running on several of its platforms, including but not limited to PCs, smartphones, and gaming consoles. It certainly wants the personal digital assistant to spread its wings and to enable Cortana to do that, Microsoft is going to expand the assistant to Internet of Things devices with the Windows 10 Creators Update that’s due early next year.
Microsoft announced during a WinHEC conference session that Cortana is going to be coming to Internet of Things devices with displays powered by Windows 10 with the Creators Update that’s due next year.
Now that it has been confirmed by Microsoft that Cortana will be landing on IoT devices with displays, we can expect the digital personal assistant to live inside products such as smart home appliances, thermostats, and more.
A recent report mentions that even though Microsoft has said that Cortana will be released for IoT devices with displays via the Creators Update, it’s possible that the IoT core may not arrive alongside the Creators Update for PCs and phones which is due early 2017. It also merits mentioning here that there aren’t really a lot of consumer-focused devices out there right not that are powered by Windows 10 IoT core.
Microsoft previously confirmed during the WinHEC conference that far-field voice support will be added to Cortana with the Creators Update as well. This will enable Cortana to respond to voice commands from distances of up to 13 feet, essentially putting it up against the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home.