Microsoft wants Cortana to be in everything

Microsoft wants Cortana to be in everything
There have been rumors in the past about Microsoft following in the footsteps of Amazon and Google to offer a home hub device that would be powered by the Cortana voice assistant, but a new leak makes it look like Microsoft has much bigger plans for Cortana and wants her to be accessible everywhere that Windows 10 runs, which could be... everywhere.

The initial reaction to Microsoft announcing Windows 10 getting full support to run on ARM chipsets was the idea that Microsoft was coming after the Chromebook market and maybe making another play in mobile where it had failed before. However, the other aspect of this support was found in leaked presentation materials for the WinHEC Conference in China, which shows the plans for Windows 10 on IoT. Microsoft is readying the release of Windows 10 IoT Core intended to run on just about anything "with a screen," including refrigerators, thermostats, and plenty of other devices. 

Interestingly, the materials showed a big focus for Microsoft was to have Cortana available on all of these devices. To enable this, Windows 10 Creator's Update will include support for far-field speech communications and wake on voice. Oddly, Microsoft wants any Cortana-enabled IoT device to have a screen for an "immersive Cortana experience."

It could be a pretty sneaky way to get Cortana into homes without people expressly going out to buy a Microsoft home hub device, but without that purpose-built device it might be more difficult to get users to understand the functionality they would have with Cortana. 


source: ZDNet

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15 Comments

1. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Microsoft is always the follower. Always late to everything

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

late and innovative and others will follow suit.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not only that. Who wants it to be in everything. Certainly the vast majority of the world doesn't want this. So it's mainly Microsoft who does.

9. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Lol. Glad you read the article.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft should just called their assistant, Microsoft assistant. I played the Halo game and are not impress. Its your typical FPS and I really don't see the hype. I think Gear of War series is just as good if not better.

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

this will surely overtake google homes and echo

5. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

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6. sherricorrb444

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

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7. sherricorrb444

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

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8. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm not sure I'd agree with the author's portrayal of getting Cortana in homes as "sneaky." AI is definitely the trend for all kinds of home devices, including refrigerators, thermostats, etc., and Cortana is Microsoft's method of availing users with AI.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The problem is Windows IoT core is still too limiting. Windows IoT still only supports certain Arm processors. So that is the other thing that is wrong with this article. It doesn't even support the original Raspberry PI's or a number of other SBC's with single cores, with little amounts of ram. This is Linux's strong point. It is much more scalable than Windows 10 or Windows 10 IoT by a mile. With so many OS's based off of Linux. That is why Linux and Linux based OS's are dominant in this sector.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Gotta come to Canada then otherwise being in everything won't happen.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The data mining assistant is spreading everywhere! This is literally welcoming 24/7 surveillance into your home. Thanks but no thanks, especially coming from this data-mining assistant that demands you login just to check the weather...go figure.

14. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mehh. Have been waiting for Cortana in Singapore fo god knows how long. Slow to the party MS.

15. ZeroCide

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Cortana is awesome and should be in everything. I'm sure that Project Evo will bring lots of features and innovation to Cortana.

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