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Microsoft Announces the Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise

Unfortunately, Microsoft has been unable to make any headway with developers for Cortana, so the company today at Ignite has announced a new Cortana Skills Kit designed for Enterprises. The Cortana Skills Kit is essentially rebranding, though. The kit is not really new – Enterprises have been able to utilize the current developer tools to do the same thing – its just being repackaged so that Enterprises might get interested in trying it out. Of course, it’s important to note that during the kick-off keynote by Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, both Cortana and Alexa were mentioned – in the same sentence. So, Microsoft’s true focus here is a bit confusing. Microsoft and Amazon have partnered to bring Alexa to Windows 10 and Xbox, while Amazon is bringing Co...

Cortana Stops Tracking Packages?

UPDATE: Microsoft has since replied with the following… We are constantly evaluating and finessing the Cortana experience to offer users the most valuable features and capabilities. For package tracking ease, Outlook will continue to manage your package tracking emails, and create events in your calendar with details. So, Microsoft has indeed disabled this functionality. Original article… Its not clear whether its because of the new Alexa integration, or something else, but Cortana has lost the ability to track your package deliveries for some people. Confirmed by others, if you go into the Cortana Notebook and choose the Packages service under Manage Skills, it now indicates that this feature is no longer available. Some, though, have looked and stated that Cortana is still tr...

Cortana and Alexa Make the Scene for Xbox Insiders

Like an episode of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Microsoft and Amazon are rolling out Cortana and Alexa support for Xbox customers. Today, starting with select Xbox U.S. Insiders, we’re expanding voice support by introducing the Xbox Skill, which enables you to navigate and interact with Xbox One using voice commands through your Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices. Full announcement: Expanding Xbox Voice Commands to Hundreds of Millions of Smart Devices: Xbox Now Connects with Cortana and Alexa-Enabled Devices Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Services Not Yet Available for the Cortana/Alexa Partnership

Amazon and Microsoft have now rolled out the first iteration of the promised partnership between Cortana and Alexa. You can now enable Windows 10 PC’s and Echo devices to use the other company’s voice assistant. See… Enabling the Alexa/Cortana Partnership on Echo Devices Enabling the Alexa/Cortana Partnership on Windows 10 While significant work has been done to provide some cross-functionality for Windows 10 and Echo devices, there’s still some features missing that should show up later on. Here’s what’s not currently supported… Audio streaming Alarms Timers Notifications Calling and Messaging Alexa display cards on Windows 10   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in D...

Tip: Enabling the Alexa/Cortana Partnership on Echo Devices

Amazon and Microsoft have now rolled out the first iteration of the promised partnership between Cortana and Alexa. You can now enable Windows 10 PC’s and Echo devices to use the other company’s voice assistant. To connect Alexa to Cortana on Amazon’s Echo devices, you simply need to enable the Cortana skill and link your Amazon account with your Microsoft account. Get the Cortana skill: Cortana by Microsoft Additionally, after the skill is enabled and you attempt your first Cortana command, you’ll be prompted to go into the Alexa mobile app and provide Cortana with your location, including full address. You can find this in Settings, locate the Alexa through Cortana device in the list, and add the full Device Location inside the device settings. This might take a f...

Tip: Enabling the Alexa/Cortana Partnership on Windows 10

Amazon and Microsoft have now rolled out the first iteration of the promised partnership between Cortana and Alexa. You can now enable Windows 10 PC’s and Echo devices to use the other company’s voice assistant. To get started on your Windows 10 device with Cortana enabled, just say: “Hey, Cortana – open Alexa” This will start the process where Cortana will ask you to login to Amazon… …then, request your permission to allow Cortana to have access to Alexa… …and then kick off your first interaction with Alexa on a Windows 10 PC. From now on… just say “Hey, Cortana – open Alexa” and then continue with your query. Additionally, to allow Alexa to work with services provided by Cortana, make sure to enable those in Co...

Microsoft Build: Cortana + Alexa Demo

On stage at Microsoft Build 2018, Satya Nadella introduces Megan Saunders and Tom Taylor to demonstrate how Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa are designed to work together.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Sign-up to Be Notified Through Email When Cortana Might Actually Work with Alexa

Originally promised to complete by the end of 2017, Microsoft and Amazon announced a partnership during the Summer of last year to enable Cortana and Alexa to work together. Essentially, Cortana would be able to utilized Alexa for the wealth of skills, and Alexa could utilize Cortana for, well, uh, something. Fast forward to today and that partnership hasn’t seen fruit. Where once Alexa would give information about the coming attraction, Echo speakers now have no clue who or what Cortana actually is. Microsoft seems to still be holding out hope, though, as Cortana on Windows 10 still remembers Alexa. But, really, how could Cortana forget that Alexa is the leader in voice assistants by a wide margin? Cortana continues its slow fade into oblivion. At Microsoft’s Build developer&#...

Alexa-Cortana Partnership Getting Closer or Now Non-existent?

Last year Microsoft and Amazon announced that the companies would work together to bring Cortana functionality to Alexa and vice-versa. Amazon controls the majority of the voice assistant market with its Echo devices. So, it made sense that Microsoft would benefit from the integration. The date for that partnership passed in December 2017 and many reported that Microsoft and Amazon were still working to pull it off, though the project was just running late. However, over the past few days a  couple changes have happened. Where once one could ask Alexa to “Open Cortana” and the Echo device would say that Cortana capability was coming soon, Alexa now suggests it “…can’t find a skill by that name” and that you should check the Skill store. Cortana’s m...

Harman/Kardon: Captivating sound meets Cortana’s intelligence

Introducing Invoke. The intelligent speaker from Harman/Kardon with Cortana by Microsoft. Now Microsoft’s personal digital assistant joins you in your home – enhancing your favorite moments so you can focus on what’s important. Invoke delivers exceptional sound, and with Cortana’s intelligence you can voice control your music and smart home devices, create reminders and lists, manage schedules, get answers to questions, make and receive hands-free calls with Skype, and more. Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker will be released publicly on October 22nd and priced at $199.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Connect Cortana to Your Smart Home Devices

A new option is now available in Cortana’s “Notebook” on Windows 10 devices that allows Microsoft customers to connect their PCs and devices to their Smart Home devices. To locate this feature, open Cortana, go to the Notebook and select Connected Home. Here you can turn on the functionality and choose between the few Smart Home services. The only options available right now are Hue, SmartThings, Nest, Insteon and Wink but more should be on the way. And, as the integration between Alexa and Cortana solidifies shortly after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update starts delivering on October 17, Cortana may quickly get up to speed.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2...

Cortana and Alexa Walk into a Bar…

Announced just a couple days ago, Microsoft and Amazon have partnered to make Cortana and Alexa work together across applicable devices. Without supplying a solid, scheduled date, the companies simply promised full functionality is slated to deliver sometime later this year. But, that hasn’t stopped both Microsoft and Amazon from making some adjustments in the near term. Here’s a sample of what the partnership is capable of today. Its not much, but a teaser is better than nothing. Cortana on Alexa Alexa, open Cortana A post shared by Rod Trent (@rodtrent) on Sep 1, 2017 at 7:56am PDT Alexa on Cortana   Hey, Cortina open Alexa A post shared by Rod Trent (@rodtrent) on Sep 1, 2017 at 7:58am PDT Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers,...