Microsoft’s Cortana Now Available On IFTTT
While Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant seem to be more well-known as far as digital assistants are concerned, let’s not forget that Microsoft also has Cortana which they’re slowly trying to integrate into apps and devices. In the latest integration, IFTTT has announced that support for Cortana is now available.
Microsoft Launcher For Android Updated With Cortana Integration
While Microsoft hasn’t had much luck on the mobile front with their own brand of devices and software, the company has been trying out a different strategy, which is to get their own services and products onto other mobile platforms, such as Office and even Cortana, their digital assistant which recently launched for the iPad.
Cortana Gets Native iPad Support
Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant has been available on iOS for quite some time now but it didn’t have native support for Apple’s popular tablets right out the gate. Microsoft has finally updated its Cortana for iOS app with native support for the iPad. This means that users can get a proper look and feel from the app on their tablets when they’re using Cortana. Microsoft has optimized the app’s interface […]
HP’s Printers Now Support Voice Controlled Printing
It seems that voice controlled gadgets are becoming a big thing, what with CES 2018 featuring a ton of voice controlled devices, ranging from speakers, to headphones, to smart home appliances, and so on. However if there was one gadget in the home that seemed to be missing voice control would be printers, but HP is here to change that.
Cortana Launches 20% Faster On iOS
Some of the biggest companies that have created their own AI-powered virtual assistants haven’t kept them exclusive to their own platforms. They’ve released iterations of their assistants for other platforms as well. That’s precisely what Microsoft did when it released the revamped version of Cortana for iOS in March last year. It continues to improve the assistant’s performance on iOS. Microsoft says that Cortana now launches 20 percent faster on […]
Cortana Reportedly Moving Out Of Windows 10 Search
Microsoft is already believed to be working on some UI changes for its Cortana personal digital assistant on Windows 10. According to a new report, the company might actually be thinking about moving Cortana from Windows 10 search to the Action Center. Cortana’s entry point has long been located in Windows 10 search and this is the first that we’re hearing of a new home for Cortana on the taskbar.
Microsoft Playing The Long Game In The Digital Assistant Market
As far as digital assistants are concerned, Amazon was considered to be somewhat late to the game and entering into a market where companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google had long established their own digital assistants, but yet Amazon managed to fight their way to the top with Alexa and spawned a series of smart speakers.
How To Turn On Cortana (By Voice)
Cortana is a digital assistant similar to Siri in iPhone. While you need to say “Hey Siri” to summon the digital assistant on your iphone, you need to enable cortana on your Windows machine and then say “Hey Cortana” to make it work. Here’s how to make Cortana always listen for your commands.
GLAS Is A Beautiful Thermostat Powered By Cortana
Johnson Controls and Microsoft have teamed up to build a beautiful smart thermostat called GLAS. This smart home device was first unveiled last year and it features a translucent touchscreen display. Microsoft has now started taking pre-orders for the GLAS. This Cortana-powered thermostat doesn’t come cheap, though.
Cortana Unable To Recognize Songs Anymore
Cortana has many features and song recognition used to be one of them. You could ask Microsoft’s digital personal assistant to listen to a song and let you know who it was from. That’s no longer going to be possible, though, as the closure of another Microsoft service has resulted in this Cortana feature biting the dust. Cortana can no longer identify songs on demand. This is due to Microsoft’s […]
Cortana Follow Me Will Make Windows Navigation Easier
It appears that Microsoft is working on a new feature for Windows called Follow Me which is going to make navigation easier. The feature is going to use the Cortana personal digital assistant for guided navigation. A short video has been posted online today highlighting this feature. What it does is guide the user with visual prompts on the screen in conjunction with the Cortana voice assistant.
Microsoft Brings Cortana To Skype
Microsoft is gradually rolling out its Cortana personal assistant to more services and today it has announced that Cortana is now available in Skype. Cortana in Skype will make it easier for users to find information and search for what they’re looking for without having to leave the conversation. Microsoft says that it’s bringing Cortana to Skype to help users in their everyday conversations.
Harman Kardon Invoke Speaker Price Possibly Revealed
Microsoft has been working with third-party manufacturers to expand Cortana to smart speakers. The Invoke from Harman Kardon is one such product. The Samsung-owned company unveiled its Invoke smart speaker back in May this year but it didn’t really say precisely when it will be released and how much it will cost. It appears that the pricing for the Harman Kardon Invoke has been revealed by an accidental listing on […]
Microsoft And Amazon Have Integrated Cortana And Alexa
Major tech companies like Microsoft and Apple have created their own artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants. It’s not common for rival assistants to play nice with each other but the relationship between Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa will be cordial. The two companies have partnered to better integrate their own digital assistants.
Users Can Now Use Cortana Together With Fitbit
If you want to monitor your fitness progress with your Fitbit, you can always just glance at its display to see what is happening at the moment, or alternatively you can always launch the app for your history and other details. However it seems that Fitbit owners have a new way of interacting with their biometrics, and that is through Cortana.
Microsoft Unveils A Cortana-Powered Smart Thermostat
When you think of smart thermostats, there’s a good chance that Nest comes to mind, and rightfully so considering who developed it (former Apple exec), and who currently owns it (Google’s parent company, Alphabet). However it seems that Microsoft isn’t going to sit around and do nothing.
Microsoft Trying To Make Cortana More Like Google Assistant
While pretty much every company out there is putting out a digital voice assistant of their own, it seems that for the most part, they all function in different ways. For example Google Assistant can be used with voice and text, where users can actually talk to Google Assistant by typing out their commands.
New Cortana UI Shows Bing Results On Desktop
Cortana is integrated with Windows 10 and thus it provides a lot of functionality to the taskbar. Windows 10 users can rely on Cortana to help them out with a wide variety of tasks by just issuing it voice commands. While Cortana has always been able to search the web, that functionality did require some improvement, and Microsoft appears to be making some improvements.
HP Cortana Speaker Confirmed
Amazon’s Echo devices have been very successful so far, no wonder the company keeps on adding new products to the lineup. Microsoft is looking to compete against the Echo devices by working with its OEM partners on smart speakers powered by its virtual assistant, Cortana. HP has confirmed today that it’s building its very own Cortana speaker.
Harman Kardon Invoke Speaker With Cortana Now Official
After a leak earlier today that revealed information about its upcoming product, Harman Kardon has officially unveiled the Invoke smart speaker that’s powered by Cortana. It’s basically an Amazon Echo rival that comes with Microsoft’s personal digital assistant baked in. It offers a wide variety of functions all of which can be controlled using voice commands. Since it’s a Harman Kardon product, customers can expect sublime audio quality as well.