Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana has some new updates in its “Connected Home” feature list. Since the time Microsoft presented Cortana to the world in 2014, the virtual assistant has been assisting Windows 10 users in setting reminders, offering weather information and answering billions of questions.

With the latest incorporation of smart home features in its memory, Cortana is going to be more advanced and more intelligent. The assistant will be doing a lot more for users in the automatic controlling of their homes with just a few voice commands to it.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently revealed the addition of two new Smart Home features to the intelligence of Cortana. These two features of Scenes and Rules make Cortana more advanced, smarter and reliable in the automatic controlling of smart home appliances.

These exclusive features let users control their smart appliances from anywhere. They can turn on and off the lights and other appliances through Cortana.

Scenes and Rules exhibit intriguing performance. Users can connect Cortana to the account of the smart home appliances of Nest, Wink, Insteon, SmartThings, or Philips Hue and set a Rule to boil the kettle in 5 minutes. Or they can ask Cortana to turn off the light in 7 minutes.
All these actions at one voice command truly amaze users but the Scenes feature has much more to show.

Scenes are the complicated actions that connect various appliances together. You can create a morning scene in which you link the lights, ceiling fan, thermostat and ask Cortana to turn off the lights, set the thermostat and boil the kettle. When a Scene runs, all these operations will be performed simultaneously.

The introduction of these two home options to Cortana take its working to new levels. This change comes at the perfect time, especially when Microsoft seemed to have given up on its virtual assistant.

With these new features, people are going to enjoy new levels of assistance by their digital assistant in automatic working of their home appliances.