At Build 17, Microsoft announced that Cortana has more than 140 million active monthly users. To improve Cortana, Microsoft announced new Skills kit for Cortana, similar to Amazon’s Echo skills. These skills let developers incorporate their apps and services into Cortana. These skills are now available in the public preview and you can learn about them here.
Developers can build skills for Cortana by creating a bot and publishing it to the new Cortana channel of the Bot Framework. This is available across Windows 10, Android, iOS and the new Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke speaker. The Cortana Skills kit is currently available in the U.S. only.”
As the official statement reads, these skills are available starting today. As Cortana is cloud- powered these features will be available instantly across all the platforms, which include- iOS, Android and Windows 10. It is also available for Cortana enabled devices such as the new Harmon Kardon speaker or the upcoming speakers from HP and Intel. However, for now, the skill kit is available only in the U.S. region.
A number of partners are currently developing skills for Cortana. Some of the first skills are now available as an early preview and are listed below. Many of these skills work best on Windows 10 Creators Edition. For any skills that aren’t working for you, please provide us feedback in Cortana using the feedback button.
Some of the skills are available right away:
- Dark Sky (weather forecast)
- Domino’s Pizza
- Open Table
- Food Network
In addition, Microsoft is also implementing a new payment request API into the Bot Framework which will allow developers to add shopping features to their bots and the API will help them provide a fast and easy checkout experience for users.