SDN Cast 65 – Alexa and Cortana Integration


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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The UWP Community Toolkit v2.0


TFS 2018 RC1 is available

VSTS Update – Aug 28

Hey Cortana, open Alexa: Microsoft and Amazon’s first-of-its-kind collaboration

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Cortana and Alexa collaboration


While Cortana still isn’t available for the Dutch, development is not standing … Microsoft and Amazon just announced their collaboration effort to integrate Cortana with Alexa and vice versa

The idea is that you can now order your stuff through Amazon using Cortana by asking Cortana to buy your stuff on Alexa, Amazon. The other way around you can ask Alexa to open Cortana and tell you what is on your schedule for today or to reschedule your meeting if you won’t be able to make it.

To enhance this, you should be able to create your own Cortana skills and Alexa interactions so start thinking about what you could do with this before this is opened later this year!