Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant

Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant
18-May-2017 03:30 INFOWORLD

Microsoft’s Cortana voice-based personal assistant has always seemed a little out of place in the enterprise. It’s a useful tool for search, for reminders, and for letting you know when you need to leave to get to that meeting on time. But compared to Amazon Alexa’s growing list of skills, it’s lagging in the personal assistant race.Yes, it connects to Office 365 and LinkedIn to give you some insight into your work, but then again so does Alexa. But if Microsoft delivers the Windows promises made last week at its Build 2017 developer conference, that’s all going to change.[ Put it all together: Microsoft’s plan to one-up Apple’s Handoff. • Inside the Microsoft Graph APIs. • How to build Microsoft bots. • Reinventing Microsoft Teams with private bots. • How to use Azure Functions. • Just what is Project Rome? ] As part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s rearticulation of his original “mobile first, cloud first” vision as one of “an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge,” Cortana is getting a promotion. More than a basic piece of personal assistant software, with the next release of Windows 10 it will be the face of the intelligent agents that will populate Microsoft’s new blurring of the cloud and PC worlds.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here