Developers will be able to create new Cortana skills with this kit


Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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Microsoft has taken a page out of Google’s book by providing more tools for developers working with the platform. The company is catering to its digital voice assistant, Cortana, by giving developers more helpful tools that will help them create around Cortana.  Not only will developers be able to create devices that use Cortana as a voice assistant but also teach her new skills altogether. To back up a bit, the new Devices SDK will help developers come up with new tech centered around Cortana while the Skill Kit for Cortana will allow them to infuse new knowledge into the digital assistant, giving her new capabilities.

These new tools promise a bright future for Microsoft’s smart voice assistant and the applied functionalities it can have within other smart devices. However, anxious developers have to wait for a more “public” release of these features. Currently, they were handed out to only a handful of developers which will have the first attempt at putting them to good use.

Microsoft released an extensive blog post which details how it has already come in contact with collaborators that have started working on improving Cortana. New skills and capabilities are already in the works as Cortana will soon enough become smarter than ever, maybe even topping Apple’s Siri.

The bad news is that if you’re a developer, you probably won’t be able to get your hands on these tools until February 2017. This means that only a couple months separate us from the first wave of Cortana innovations coming to Windows devices everywhere. It will be exciting to see what developers are able to come up with.

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