Microsoft Cortana is about to become your all-purpose productivity bot

Microsoft Cortana is about to become your all-purpose productivity bot

by John Brandon, Venture Beat

Microsoft Cortana has been playing catch-up with Siri and the Google Assistant, but that’s about to change.

The company Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded in 1975 has made no secret of the fact that it intends to become an AI powerhouse. Many of the recent changes in Microsoft Office have been related to productivity automation. You can click a button to create a slideshow in PowerPoint, use the Editor feature in Word to improve your writing, and find out whether you spend too much time processing email in Outlook (using Microsoft MyAnalytics).

Now, Cortana is getting a big boost. Microsoft recently unveiled the Cortana Devices SDK that allows developers to create new hardware that benefits from AI. One of the first products will likely be a speaker that works more like Google Home and Amazon Echo. You’ll be able to set reminders, ask about the weather, and maybe even dictate a Word document.

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