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TH13 Cortana Everywhere: Speech Conversation & Skills Development


1:15pm - 2:30pm

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Nick Landry

Senior Technical Evangelist


Personal computing has evolved from operating systems to internet browsers being the runtime where users find and engage with applications and services. In the new world of AI, digital personal assistants will be the new context aware runtime, connecting consumers to the right experiences at the right time. In Windows 10, Cortana is evolving from reminding users about things to helping them get things done. Cortana is now available everywhere, on any device and in any app. It can proactively surface your app to users in the right context, and provide your app with relevant information to act on, making it quick and easy for the user to work with your app, or even complete tasks on the user's behalf, and you can call Cortana directly in the cloud from any app or device. This session will walk through developing Cortana Skills, and how your existing apps – with minimal effort – can use in the cloud them to increase engagement and discovery.

You will learn:

  • Understand common mobile scenarios that can benefit from hands-free voice interactions
  • How to use the Windows Speech SDK and how to implement support for voice commands and in-app recognition in Windows 10 applications
  • How to design custom grammars for advanced voice recognition scenarios