For those who thought Cortana was the last runner against other voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and Bixby, there’s news. Microsoft has announced that its voice-based digital assistant is here to stay. In fact, Cortana will be competing against other assistants this year with more presence on devices.
At the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, Microsoft dashed rumors about axing the consumer-facing portion of Cortana and confirmed that the digital assistant will be made available on more devices in 2018.
In an official Windows blog, Jordi Ribas, CVP AI Products states, “We continue to grow the Cortana ecosystem to help people get things done across work and life.” Ribas further says that for this year, Microsoft will make it easier for OEMs and developers to build for Cortana with the Cortana Devices SDK.
Microsoft will join hands with new partners and continue to bring Cortana to more devices and places such as offices, homes, and so on. The company plans to bring Cortana to places where it can be needed for assistance on all your devices including the Xbox, PC, mobile, mixed reality devices, and more.
The statement arrives on the heels of analysts calling the CES 2018 as Microsoft Cortana’s funeral after manufacturers showcased devices integrated with rival assistants Alexa and Google Assistant. To compare, Alexa boasts over 20,000 skills, while Cortana is low at just 230 skills.
The battle of AI and digital assistants is prominent among Google and Amazon who are trying to gain a lead over each other. Amidst this, Microsoft and more recently Samsung have also beefed up their efforts to invade more devices.