Amazon and Microsoft announce to continue to work together and added integration between Alexa, Amazons smart IA interface, to communicate with Cortana, Microsoft’s smart girl – the other IA Interface in both directions.
It should be possible soon to open Cortana’s interface from Alexa and ask Cortana when your next meeting is scheduled, or to reschedule your appointment if you can’t make it and you want to move the appointment to another time or place.
The other way around you could open Alexa’s from Cortana to order some stuff on Amazon. Both domains are really extending each other and with that extending their scope of applications. It would allow you to create your own Cortana Skill using Cortana Skills Kit or develop Alexa skills with the Alexa Skills Kit to connect your own platform to both smart bots.
Some other news items we discussed this week was about the sneak preview of the upcoming release of XLPublish and the next version of UWP Community Toolkit. We want to try to get Dick Moffat on the show again so he can give us a demo of their new product.
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Events this Week
MvvmCross .NET Summer Hackfest, August 21st to September 2nd, 2017
IFA 2017, Berlin, Germany
Google Developer Days Europe – September 5-6, Krakow, Poland
Wazug – September 7 2017, Hilversum
Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 – September 13, Online
MixUG – Development Event – 13 September, Gouda
Xamarin Dev Days – 16 September – Amsterdam
DevIntersection Europe, September 18-20 – Stockholm
.NET Conf – 19-21 September
Microsoft Envision – September 25-27 – Orlando
Hybrid IT Event – September 26 – Maarssen, NL
4DotNet Events – Xamarin Event – 28 September, Nieuwegein
MixUG – Eindgebruikers Evenement
SDN Event 3 – 6 October 6, Zeist, NL
TechDays October 12-13, 2017 RAI Amsterdam
SharePoint Saturday Belgium 2017, October 21, Brussels BE
SharePoint Unite – October 24-26, 2017, Haarlem
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Web Summit – 6-9 November 2017, Lissabon, Portugal
Visual Studio Live! November 12-17 2017 Orlando, FL
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