Microsoft lets Cortana reply to your Skype messages

Microsoft lets Cortana reply to your Skype messages

Microsoft lets Cortana reply to your Skype messages

If you're really, really awkward in Skype text conversations, or you just want someone to think you're paying attention without all that pesky human interaction, you can now get help from Cortana. So, the next time you're chatting with someone and need to look up something - like movie times, restaurant hours, or a fact - you may be able to get the information right from Skype.

Microsoft is starting to roll out Cortana inside of Skype, letting its smart assistant jump into private and group chats to offer assistance in making plans and looking up information. The artificial intelligence assistant has been added to Android and iOS devices.

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Microsoft's assistant will also be listed as a contact in Skype.

Microsoft's virtual assistant is spreading its digital tendrils into fresh avenues with news that Cortana has now been incorporated into Skype. Cortana will also offer suggested replies, so you can respond in a time crunch without having to type a thing - like you already can in Google's Gmail apps. For example, if your Skype friend asks if you are going to the movies tomorrow, Cortana will pop up some suggested answers to that question, such as "Yes", "No" or something else.

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Cortana will also detect when someone is talking about scheduling events or things to do and will recommend setting up a reminder, which a user will receive on all their devices that have enabled Cortana.

At least for users in the United States to begin with, and those on iOS and Android phones for that matter, although doubtless these are the first steps towards a global cross-platform rollout for all Skype software.

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