Microsoft starts pushing out Cortana's integration with Skype

The human brain suffers when it has to switch attention to a different task; it's why you can go to a new room and forget why you're there, or call someone and forget what you wanted to say. You're covered: as of today, Microsoft is rolling out its Cortana assistant to the Skype apps for Android and iOS.

Vulture South would note that capabilities like this are a natural objective of Microsoft's decision, unpopular at least among Skype old-timers, to abandon the peer-to-peer model and run conversations through its cloud. 'But we often find ourselves in need of information - a fact to share, a place to meet, a movie time or the ideal restaurant.

Back when Google announced the Allo app, it had a special little feature sprinkled on top, which no other chat app had - the Google Assistant. Now Skype joins them, with context-sensitive suggestions and recommendations.

As shown in Microsoft's FAQ for the service, once you've okayed Cortana to access your texts and location she'll suggest appropriate responses in chats ... The availability of Cortana will be making it easy for Skype users to have more conversations with useful suggestions and information like restaurants and more within the Skype chat. Cortana will automatically detect when you're talking about something it can help with, and contextual options will be offered just above the chat box next to the blue ring.

Microsoft is rolling Cortana out to Skype for Android and iOS in the US now.

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