Category: Microsoft: Cortana

Microsoft and Amazon marry their assistants, but will the honeymoon be short-lived?

Roughly a year ago, Amazon and Microsoft announced that they each would be integrating their respective digital assistants into the other’s platform and devices. Alexa becomes available on Windows computers (and Cortana-powered smart speakers), and Cortana will be available through...

/ August 16, 2018

Microsoft acquires Semantic Machines, signaling a deeper move into ‘conversational AI’

With the recent acquisition of Semantic Machines, Microsoft is bolstering its commitment to conversational artificial intelligence (AI). David Ku, Microsoft corporate vice president and chief technology officer for AI and research, announced the news on Monday. Microsoft says that the Berkeley-based...

/ May 22, 2018

Microsoft’s Cortana comes to iPad, ChromeOS devices to get Google Assistant

Last week, Microsoft released a version of Cortana for the iPad. Cortana is already available for the iPhone but has now been optimized for larger iPad screens. It also is reportedly “20 percent faster,” according to the release notes. Cortana can...

/ February 12, 2018

Voice search: Content may be king, but context is queen in the new voice-first world

In 2016, Google said that 20 percent of all mobile queries were voice searches. Since that time, the number of virtual assistants in US households has continued to swell, with tens of millions of voice-enabled home devices projected to be...

/ November 16, 2017