We all know that Cortana have less skills then other Personal Digital Assistants such as Alexa. But now it is becoming much better.
Microsoft recently announced that Cortana is getting several new home automation skills. This will help it to interact with smart home devices more efficiently.
Adding to it, Cortana will also have support for other smart home products too.
Last October we announced you could use Cortana to manage your smart devices through Samsung SmartThings, Nest, Philips Hue, Wink, and Insteon. Today, we are pleased to announce that you can use Cortana to control your favorite smart home devices from ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, LIFX, TP-Link Kasa, and Geeni. You can control these devices using Cortana on Windows 10, iPhone, Android, and the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker.
Now, Cortana can be used to control any type of smart home devices. These devices can be Thermostats, Light Bulbs or Power Plugs.
You can configure all your smart home devices in the “Connected Home” section of Cortana app on Windows 10 or Mobile.
Another interesting thing to note is: the digital assistant now works with IFTTT. It is the popular free platform that can get all your favorite apps and devices talk to each other.
IFTTT supports a number of services, you can interact with your favorite one by your own phrases.
One example can be: “Hey Cortana, let there be light” or put money towards that next concert trip on Qapital by saying, “Hey Cortana, penny for my thoughts.”
One can also use Applets on IFTTT with Cortana to trigger multiple actions with one phrase. If you are watching a movie at home, you can say “Hey Cortana, movie time” and she’ll turn down your Hue lights, Harmony TV turned on, and your Nest Thermostat set to the right temperature.
Now we can say that Cortana can fulfill our wishes. IFTTT support is indeed exactly what it needed to become a truly personal digital assisstant.
You can check the Cortana channel of IFTTT to get along with the long list of suggestions for Cortana Triggers and Actions.
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Source: Windows Blogs