Alexa and Cortana integration is now available in the US

  The long awaited Cortana and Alexa integration has arrived in the form of a public preview. Amazon today announced that US users will be able to say “Alexa, open Cortana” and then have access to Cortana’s functions and the reverse is possible from Cortana. You will be able to…

Cortana has suddenly got way more useful as IFTTT adds support for Microsoft’s assistant

IFTTT (If this then that) has added support for Cortana so you can now use Cortana to control almost any smart home activity. The service enables you to create trigger phases for Cortana that can then control anything service supported by IFTTT. So you could set up “Hey Cortana, turn…

Microsoft Cortana for iOS now has native iPad support

Microsoft has updated Cortana for iOS adding support for the iPad. The new version has a layout designed for the larger iPad screens and according to the release notes launches 20% faster. Unfortunately Cortana on iOS doesn’t have access to the system in the same way as it does on…

Not dead yet? Microsoft say Cortana is coming to more places in 2018

With the announcement of Amazon Alexa coming to Windows 10 via OEM’s PC many people including me speculated that it could be the end of the road for Cortana. We haven’t seen the promised Alexa / Cortana Integration yet and we only have a couple of 3rd party devices supporting…

You can now added your Gmail account to Cortana

Microsoft have added gmail support to Cortana so you can have Cortana access our Google calendar, contacts and mail. From Cortana you click on your Cortana Notebook, select Connect Services and add a Service, select gmail and then sign in to your Google account. It works with Google Apps accounts as…

Harman Kardon’s Cortana powered speaker goes on sale October 22nd in the US

If you have been waiting for a Cortana enables smart speaker and in the US then you won’t have to wait much longer to wait. The Harman Kardon Cortana powered speaker called Invoke will be on sale this Sunday in the US costing $199.99. The unit comes in white or…

Cortana for Android gets a major update

Cortana for Android has had a new update today with new features and functions, “a major evolution” Microsoft describe it. Version 2.9.4 of the app is currently rolling out and has an updated My day view which now shows top news and to-dos. You can create lists and edit items…

Microsoft and Amazon work together to bring Cortana to Alexa

In a rather surprising announcement Microsoft and Amazon have details plans to have Cortana and Alexa to work together. Microsoft will have a Cortana skill available for Amazon Alexa and Cortana will be able to control Alexa by the end of the year. Initially you will say “Alexa Open Cortana”…

Cortana for iPhone finally arrives in the UK

Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana has at last made its way over to the UK. Cortana is available for Windows, Android and iOS but until today it’s been US only. The iOS version which is iPhone only looks identical to the Windows and Android versions including voice input and your news…

You can now add Cortana to your Android lock screen with the latest update

Microsoft have updated the Android version of Cortana to version 2.5.0 (Beta). The new version has the ability to add Cortana to the Android lock screen making it really easy to access the service. After updating and giving Cortana permission to access the lock screen and you will see the Cortana…

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