Now, technology giant Microsoft announced to join the camp. It is reported that, in the voice assistant market, there are currently four companies compete, namely Google assistant, Microsoft Cortana, apple Siri and Amazon Alexa catch up from behind.
This Tuesday (December 13, 2016), Microsoft announced thatFor external equipment vendors to provide related development packages (New Devices SDK), so that they implanted Cortana. For example, external manufacturers Harmon Kardon will be launched next year based on the Cortana smart speaker products (Microsoft has so far not imitated Echo launched hardware).Prior to this, Microsoft has announced that it will be transplanted to Cortana Windows10 IoT operating system on the Internet of things equipment.
The Microsoft launch is Cortana New Kit and Devices SDK, both basically correspond to Amazon Alexa skills toolkit and voice services, Skills. With this skill toolkit, developers can make APP become smart, people can use APP, and using Cortana to issue orders left and right.
Third party hardware manufacturers can also use Cortana Devices SDK, to build a small tool containing Cortana onboard, thereby developing its customized equipment.
Previously, there is no screen limiting the application of IoT devices, but the Cortana Devices SDK can not be subject to screen size, and even with or without screen restrictions.
Cortana Skills Kit allows developers to use Microsoft BOT development framework (Microsoft Bot Framework) BOT to help develop and publish it as a new skill of Cortana, but also allow developers to integrate Web services as new skills Cortana, they also can have the Alexa code for creating skills Coratna skills. It can connect the user with the required skills when the user queries, and can provide services to the user in the appropriate context. In addition, Cortana Skills Kit can also help developers understand user preferences through Cortana, and based on user permissions granted to them to bring personalized user experience.
The same as Skills Kit, Microsoft Devices SDK is now privately tested, is expected in some time in 2017 will be more open form, but the device manufacturers can alsoFill in form to apply for test. By comparison, Amazon has opened up tools for developers who want to build Alexa services or gadgets, but also provide funding to encourage third party participants can go further. But when it comes to working with OEM software licenses, Microsoft certainly has an edge.