Microsoft opens registrations for the Cortana Skills Kit Preview

Back in December last year, Microsoft released the Cortana Devices SDK alongside information regarding its forthcoming Cortana Skills Kit.

The Skills Kit will not only allow developers to integrate their services directly into Cortana, but will also offer the ability to re-purpose existing code from Amazon's Alexa skills, Microsoft's Bot Framework, or even Cortana's Voice Command Definitions (VCD).

Today, Microsoft has opened up registrations for the Cortana Skills Kit, allowing developers to sign up for updates with access to the preview this month. You can check out some of the features below:

  • Developers can leverage bots created with the Microsoft Bot Framework and publish them to Cortana as a new skill.
  • Integrate web services and re-purpose code from their existing Alexa skills to create Cortana Skills.
  • Connect users to skills when a user asks, and proactively present skills to the user in the appropriate context.
  • Personalize their users' experience by leveraging Cortana's understanding of users' preferences and context, based on user permissions

With the availability of the Cortana Skills Kit and Cortana Devices SDK, developers will have the functionality and the services necessary to utilize Cortana almost anywhere. If you are a Cortana fan, spring 2017 may prove to be quite exciting.

If you are a developer, you can sign-up for the Skills Kit Preview here.

Source: Microsoft Developer Blog

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