Microsoft's AI digital assistant, Cortana, is now available on Skype, according to today's company announcement.
Cortina on Skype can chat with you as you would with any friend or invite conversations to manage different tasks such as event planning, finding nearby restaurants, or sharing IMDB movies. Cortana for Skype will start shipping today to iOS and Android users in the United States, according to a company blog post. The company did not announce anything about when to take the new feature, other countries, but I imagine right after the US trial.
Microsoft Digital Assistant will appear as a contact in every Skype user contact list. It will work just like it does on desktops, in one-on-one discussions (AI): Ask for things like directions or weather forecast and Cortana will give you answers via optical cards.
In addition to booking restaurants, Cortana on Skype will be able to provide suggested answers such as "I'm fine" when someone asks "How are you?" or with "Create a reminder" when you are planning something with your friends. Reminders will then be sent to other devices that you have authorized to use the Cortana digital assistant.
The Cortina at Skype it will not work on voice calls or video-calls.
During the release of the Skype digital assistant, we will see many features that resemble Facebook Messenger's intelligent helper M and will work almost the same way that Google's assistant works in the less-known Allo chat application. In any case, the AI digital assistant will hear the words used in your conversation to predict the needs of a user or group of users.