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Microsoft Teams to get Cortana integration, automatic translation

Microsoft has announced it is preparing several new features for its Teams collaboration software. The company plans to integrate the app with its Cortana digital assistant. It app will also gain new AI capabilities, including automatic translation.

How AI can make conversational agents smarter

How can conversational agents be made better? The answer is with an improved human/machine hybrid system that can answer a wide array of questions.

Microsoft demonstrates Cortana commitment with new integrations

Microsoft has announced several new integrations for its Cortana digital assistant. The expanded line-up of smart home products is intended to help Cortana catch up with rivals including Alexa and Google Assistant, now widely seen to lead the market.

Microsoft launches 'Cortana Intelligence Institute' to improve AI

Microsoft has announced the establishment of the "Cortana Intelligence Institute," a body that will develop "next-generation" features for Microsoft's AI. It comes shortly after the company responded to concerns that Cortana's lagging behind its rivals.

Microsoft says Cortana will become 'ubiquitous digital assistant'

Microsoft has publicly addressed the scepticism around its Cortana assistant. The company's rival to Alexa and Google Assistant has been left exposed after CES. It has only a handful of third-party integrations and consumer use is thought to be low.

Report: Microsoft rethinking Cortana's role in Windows 10

Microsoft is planning to move Cortana into a redesigned Action Center panel on Windows 10. The digital assistant will be reworked around conversations, similarly to Google Assistant, as Microsoft aims to increase adoption of the feature.

Microsoft not giving up on Cortana, announces new devices

Digital assistants have been one of the most prominent technologies at this year's CES, with Alexa and Google Assistant appearing in new devices. Microsoft announced today it's still interested in assistance too, promising several new Cortana devices.

Amazon Alexa to launch on Windows 10 PCs this year

Amazon's announced that select Windows 10 PCs will come with Alexa built-in this year. The company has partnered with Windows device manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, HP and Lenovo to add Alexa to new laptops. Microsoft doesn't appear to be involved.

Microsoft adds Cortana integration to Skype as part of AI push

Microsoft has added Cortana integration to Skype, letting the assistant offer proactive help while you contact friends and family. Cortana works in a similar way to Google Assistant's integration with Allo, letting you check information and ask questions.

Cortana and Alexa make friends in joint collaboration

Microsoft and Amazon have teamed up to combine their digital assistants. Users of Cortana and Alexa will be able to access either one from any device. The two assistants will act as gateways to each other, extending what's possible with voice control.

Alexa and Cortana are growing at Siri's expense

A report has found newer digital assistants including Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana are gaining market share at the expense of established services. Despite releasing several new features this year, Apple's Siri is facing declining engagement.

Microsoft planning Cortana overhaul with new 'conversational' UI

Microsoft is reportedly testing a new Windows 10 Cortana interface that is more "conversational," akin to Google Assistant. Cortana is also moving from the taskbar, near the Start button, to the system tray, next to the Action Center icon.

Microsoft previews the first Cortana-powered Amazon Echo rival

Microsoft has announced a new Amazon Echo rival based on its Cortana digital assistant. As part of an expansion of Cortana's capabilities, Microsoft has partnered with audio company Harman Kardon to create a smart speaker with the assistant built-in.

Microsoft and Intel create a smarter Cortana and enhanced PCs

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Intel that will see the two companies collaborate to improve digital assistants, security, AI and mixed reality on Windows 10 PCs. Project Evo will create more capable future devices with enhanced functionality.

Microsoft's Cortana now comes preinstalled on more Android phones

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is now preinstalled on some new phones from Xiaomi, expanding its availability on new Android handsets. Cortana is available as an app for all phones. The partnership with Xiaomi will help increase user adoption.

Cortana now integrates with Wunderlist to manage your to-dos

Microsoft has announced its Cortana digital assistant can now create to-do lists. Coming in time for the busy holiday season, the feature also syncs with Wunderlist. It's the first time Microsoft has integrated the company's app into its products.

Microsoft's Cortana could get chattier and more personal soon

Microsoft's Cortana could become a lot more personal soon. Microsoft recently applied for a patent that describes a "personalized greeting system" capable of emulating human interactions and delivering contextually relevant welcome messages.

Microsoft's voice recognition now almost as accurate as humans

Microsoft has announced it has reached a milestone in the development of more accurate speech recognition. The latest version of its technology has just achieved the lowest word error rate in the industry, bringing full voice input closer to reality.

Windows 10's 'innovative' Anniversary Update is coming August 2

Microsoft has announced it will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to consumers on August 2, marking one year since Windows 10's launch with a substantial delivery of new features. It includes productivity, entertainment and security improvements.

Do you use Siri in public? 97% of Americans are too embarrassed

A survey of American iPhone users has found that over 98 percent of all owners have tried out Siri, Apple's preinstalled digital assistant. Of that figure, just 3 percent have done so in public though, with the overwhelming majority too embarrassed.

Microsoft announces Cortana is coming to the Xbox One this summer

Microsoft has lifted the lid on this summer's Xbox One update, to launch in tandem with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Console gamers will gain access to digital assistant Cortana, a refreshed interface, and greater integration with Windows PCs.

Latest Windows 10 Preview brings smarter Cortana, adds dark mode

Microsoft has rolled out a major update to the Windows 10 Insider Preview that includes a first look at the new features coming to the Anniversary Update later this year. It includes a more intelligent Cortana that talks to your phone from your PC.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 'anniversary update'

Microsoft has officially announced a major update coming to Windows 10 later this summer. Dubbed the "Anniversary Update," the release will bring increased security, a new emphasis on the pen as an input method and a "more helpful" Cortana.

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant gets sexually harassed?

Microsoft has explained how it trains its Cortana digital assistant, available on Windows, Android and iOS, to respond to the "inappropriate" questions that users often ask. A "good chunk" of early queries asked Cortana about her sex life.

Microsoft's Cortana now officially launched on iPhone and Android

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant has received its first public release to smartphones running iOS, Android and Cyanogen OS. Cortana was built for Windows but is now platform-agnostic so most features work as intended.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to the iPhone for the first time

An early beta of the version of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant for the iPhone is now available to a small group of select testers. Cortana's iOS version is similar to the one on Android, giving users access to a subset of its Windows commands.

Cortana found hidden in current Xbox One preview build

Recently, Microsoft announced that Cortana will not be available on the Xbox One update preview until later this year. Now, some players have found that the assistant is actually already included and can be activated from a hidden menu.

Microsoft: No Cortana on Xbox One until next year

Microsoft this week rolled out new features to Xbox owners running the preview release of the upcoming Windows 10 Experience. It also confirmed the company's Cortana digital assistant won't be available on the Xbox One console until 2016.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to Android as a public beta

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, previously exclusive to Windows devices, has arrived on Android in public beta form. The app can be downloaded and used as a Google Now replacement, although some of its features remain available on Windows only.
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Cortana has a new interface in the latest Windows 10 build
Cortana has a new interface in the latest Windows 10 build
Cortana Intelligence Institute
Cortana Intelligence Institute
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Cortana to-do lists with Wunderlist integration
Cortana to-do lists with Wunderlist integration
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Cortana on an Android phone
Cortana on an Android phone
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Cortana and Alexa will collaborate together
Cortana and Alexa will collaborate together
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