Microsoft releases Cortana-based MSDN Voice Search app for Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft launched the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview earlier today but that's not the only thing the company is doing to help app developers get up to speed on their latest mobile OS. Microsoft has also released a reference app designed to help developers make software that can properly use the new Cortana voice command digital assistant.

As revealed on the Windows Phone blog, Microsoft has released the free MSDN Voice App in the Windows Phone Store. The app itself is designed to search through the huge MSDN website which is full of information about Windows-based software development. However, what makes the app special for app creators is that it also gives an example of how Cortana will work in a Windows Phone 8.1 environment.

The blog states, "Once you have the app installed, ask ‘MSDN, what are universal Windows apps?’ while in Cortana and she’ll launch the MSDN Voice Search app and help you find an answer."  While it's not the sexiest of features, it was made to give app developers ideas to help them integrate Cortana into their own apps. Indeed, Microsoft says the MSDN team will release the source code for the Voice Search app very soon.

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warwagon said,

Ya plus most of it looks just like Windows phone 8 ui.

So, which part of "Cortana-based MSDN Voice Search app for Windows Phone 8.1" in the title did you not read?

The UI didn't change from 8 to 8.1.

FloatingFatMan said,

So, which part of "Cortana-based MSDN Voice Search app for Windows Phone 8.1" in the title did you not read?

The UI didn't change from 8 to 8.1.


But you just said

"It's not meant to be pretty.. It's just a code use example for devs to get to grips with using Cortana."

FloatingFatMan said,
It's not meant to be pretty.. It's just a code use example for devs to get to grips with using Cortana.

I feel that's one of the reasons most Metro apps are still ugly or poorly thought out. Microsoft puts out examples to show how to do things under the hood, but their UIs aren't meant to be representative of what developers *should* do--leaving them with very little inspiration.

Partly because of this, even though I'm a hardcore Windows developer, I still feel no urge to write any Metro app--and it has nothing to do with market share.