Hey Cortana! Say goodbye to Android and iOS

A Microsoft Support document describes how the company is ending its support for the Cortana app on Android and IOS. Check out the details!

The hottest Microsoft product ever? Surface Headphones

Active noise-cancelling headphones with up to 13 levels of reduction? Sounds sweet. It will be available from Microsoft this holiday season.

Cortana and Alexa now work together in Microsoft and Amazon devices

Microsoft and Amazon are starting to show the benefits of the integration of their Digital Assistants Cortana and Alexa to many users

Lenovo unveils Yoga 730 with Alexa and Cortana, Flex 14 with Active Pen included

Not particularly small and portable, the all-new 13 and 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 730 supports both Alexa and Cortana voice assistance. The Flex 14, meanwhile, is affordable and encourages creativity.

Johnson Controls GLAS is a $319 smart thermostat powered by Cortana

It features a pane of glass and a translucent OLED display, making for a fine wall installation in something like a gallery. Instead, it’s a smart home hub run on Windows 10.

Groove Music dies and so does Cortana’s music identifying skill

Microsoft’s attempt at a streaming service for its niche audience has been shut down. One of the side effects of this is the loss of one of Cortana’s skills.

Universal Windows Platform features, but no Spotify UWP yet

Spotify’s Xbox application is UWP-compliant, but not its recently-released desktop app for Windows 10 which some say is just a reheating of its existing x86 app.

Cortana on Windows 10 finally connects to Gmail

Gmail is a dominant email service provider and it’s about time that a prominent desktop OS recognize it. It will, through its digital assistant.

A free $200 value for Surface Pro purchase with Intel Core i5 or i7

Buy a Surface Pro with an i5 and get a straight-up $200 discount. How about the i7? You get a free Cortana-powered smart speaker from Harman Kardon.

Cortana now inside Skype on Android and iOS apps

Cortana can do a lot of what Google Assistant can do on Allo. But instead, it’s Skype. Is it trying hard enough to convert it into a general chat app?

Microsoft and Amazon forge unlikely alliance to bring Cortana and Alexa skills together

Starting later this year, Amazon Echo users will be able to talk to Cortana through Alexa, with Microsoft’s voice assistant also supporting its arch-rival.

Voice-controlled Sonos smart speaker confirmed at FCC, likely breaking cover in early October

According to newly discovered FCC documents, the first full-blown Sonos smart speaker will support “multiple voice platforms” starting October.

Android’s State of Emergency | #PNWeekly 262

Android phones have trouble dialing 911 (or 999) and Lenovo is teaming up with Disney to send you on Jedi Adventures! All on this week’s show!

Siri loses ground to Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana in a year’s time

Apple’s AI-powered assistant as well as Samsung’s have lost users from May of last year to this May. Google, Microsoft and Hound have made some gains.

HP’s Cortana speaker gets its first ‘visual representation’, also revealing an infuriating ‘feature’

We still have no name, price, release date or real-life pics for HP’s upcoming smart Cortana speaker, but we know it connects to Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft signs HP and Intel to help with Cortana devices, AI’s Skills Kit now open to more devs

Forget the Surface Pro 5 or Windows phones. Microsoft seems fully committed to make Cortana its next big thing, with public skills and HP devices.

Microsoft HomeHub should soon tackle Amazon Echo devices head-on as part of Windows 10

Microsoft HomeHub is the rumored name of an upcoming software initiative baked into the next Windows 10 update to turn any PC into an Echo “killer.”

Amazon’s touchscreen Echo may debut tomorrow, belies launch of telephony service

The device would pre-empt sales of Microsoft’s new smart speaker, Invoke. The new Echo may bring telephony services within the network of device owners.

Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker with Cortana goes official ahead of ‘fall’ launch

Cortana’s standalone device is called the Harman Kardon Invoke, discreetly unveiled on the company’s official website as a premium Amazon Echo rival.

KGI pretty much confirms ‘premium’ Apple home AI product, going after Echo in H2

An Apple home AI product is almost certainly coming to stores during the year’s second half, likely following a WWDC intro with Siri voice controls.

Microsoft’s Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker is likely around the corner, with Spotify and Pandora support

You’ll be able to “invoke” the Microsoft-endorsed Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker by talking to Cortana, and stream Spotify or Pandora music.

Surface Pro 5 may get outshined by Harman Kardon Cortana speaker

We are not sure when the event is happening… still… but Microsoft supposed has one cued up soon with change-ups and tweaks.
Galaxy S8 hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Microsoft Edition also coming April 21 with Microsoft ‘customization’

Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and “more” productivity-focused apps are pre-installed on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition.

Anyone can now get Cortana assistance ‘on’ Android lock screens and ‘above’ the lock

Microsoft’s Cortana works even better and more naturally on Android devices after the latest app update, with extensive lock screen support.

Here’s why Bixby needs to be great, and why you should hope it is too

Bixby has a lot of competition, but with its scale, it needs to be a top notch experience. Anything less could be a disaster.