Microsoft: Cortana

  • Lenovo debuts Amazon Alexa-powered smart speaker at CES

    … Like Microsoft is doing with Cortana, Amazon is making Alexa available to third party developers and hardware makers to voice-enable their connected products. Amazon is also making Alexa’s several thousand “skills” (voice apps) equally available to developers. With the announcement of Cortana’s developer strategy a few weeks ago, we saw…

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  • Microsoft’s debuts brilliant Cortana SDK strategy

    … Cortana functionality into any piece of hardware potentially. The first device to do so is a Harman Kardon stand-alone speaker, which will become available in 2017 (video below). Yesterday, in San Francisco, Microsoft announced two things related to Cortana: Cortana Devices SDK Cortana Skills Kit Preview Cortana Skills, like Alexa skills, allow…

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  • Say hello to the newest intelligent agent, Ozlo

    …, and Microsoft’s Cortana first look at preferred sources of information as a default, Jolley said, then they look to a specified service in a given category — such as TripAdvisor for travel-related queries — and then they bring up multiple sources. “Services are siloed,” he said, so that information in one travel service is not combined…

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  • Buying Viv, Samsung makes its “me too” virtual assistant play

    … more and more prominently, not only in the mobile (search) experience but as a UI/UX across platforms and devices and especially in the smart home. (Viv can also be deployed behind chat/messaging.) Siri was sold before it was able to fully realize the founding vision, which was to disintermediate Google and layer an intelligent assistant on top…

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  • A brief evolution of Search: out of the search box and into our lives

    … of voice arrived, and search officially jumped out of the text box and into our lives. Bing currently powers the voices of Cortana (Windows 10), Siri (iOS) and Alexa (Amazon Echo). This, of course, is only the tip of the iceberg. Search is no longer just about finding information. It’s part of our everyday life, an assumed presence, and there…

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  • The voice search explosion and how it will change local search

    …: explosive growth. Explosive growth and the reason behind it At LSA 16, Tuttle shared that within one year (last year), the use of voice search went from a statistical zero to 10 percent of all search volume. That was huge. Yet more recent numbers show that growth accelerating — Google announced at I/O that 20 percent of all searches have voice intent…

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  • Son of Siri: Viv aims to go way beyond today’s digital assistants

    … that apps will stick around for the foreseeable future. According to 2015 research from MindMeld, use of voice search and virtual assistants is growing dramatically. In addition, Amazon Echo (with assistant Alexa) has proven to be the company’s most popular hardware device. And Microsoft just announced that Cortana “has helped answer over 6 billion…

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