The Invoke and other Cortana-run devices will encroach on a hot IoT market now dominated by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This was available as a preview before, and much to the joy of the developers, the full version was announced yesterday. At the Build 2017 conference, Microsoft gave a peek into how Cortana could work in other devices - apart from a traditional PC - such as a demo vehicle and the Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker. This will encourage Visual Studio developers to get more work done on their Macs, rather than having to rely on a Windows machine.
You will now be able to translate your PowerPoint presentations in real time using this new translation tool. The artificial intelligence is more often than not, a voice that you hear in your head while playing a game, but fan and creator Jareem "untitled network" Archer has decided that she needs to be a real life hologram. Content can be translated in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The company also announced today that 141 million people are now using Cortana, so developers will be reaching plenty of users. The app will come with support for Azure Cloud Shell as well.
Usually, Cortana the personal assistant is just a disembodied voice. Your Cortana skills will work out of the box with all kinds of products built on the Cortana Devices SDK-from auto to home, big screen to no screen, including a new Harman device in 2017.
However, it remains to be seen whether the company's efforts will aid it in taking on competition.
The Cortana hologram, based on the Halo character of the same name, has been designed in order to provide a concept of what the technology may look like if Microsoft decides to go down the hologram route for its AI assistant. It's still a work in progress, and now runs on Windows 10's version of the Halo character.