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Cortana comes to Raspberry Pi with the latest Windows IoT Insider Update

Microsoft recently announced that there would be no more updates for Windows Insiders until 2017; it seems, though, Windows IoT Core is an exception.

Today, the Windows team released Build 14993 for Windows IoT Core Insiders, and it brings a very recently announced feature for the DIY-er inside us.

Cortana on a Raspberry Pi

At the WinHEC event, a few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that Cortana would be coming to Windows IoT Core with the upcoming Creators Update; Insiders, the lucky bunch that they are, now get to try this integration with Build 14993.

The addition of Cortana to Windows IoT Core is commendable – but there are a few caveats that must be mentioned; first, the integration requires a screen – if you are running Windows IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi, you will need to attach a display to it for Cortana to function.

Moreover, it’s not very optimized at the moment – as the video above shows, it’s slow and doesn’t quite work as well as it could. Clearly, the Windows team needs to work a bit more on this.

If you put these two issues aside, Cortana on Windows IoT Core is identical to Cortana elsewhere – all features work, and Cortana will respond to all the same commands.

Cortana Devices SDK

At the WinHEC event, Microsoft also announced the Cortana Devices SDK – you can read more about that in our original coverage; the SDK is for device manufacturers, allowing them to integrate Cortana and its feature into their hardware products.

For example, you could – at some point – talk to your refrigerator and ask it if there are any eggs in stock; Cortana will respond.

The future sounds weird, but science fiction has fantasized about this very future for generations – it will happen eventually, as every other science fiction fantasy does.

Here’s the important bit, though: unlike the Windows IoT Core implementation, Cortana Devices SDK will not require a screen. That’s quite handy, for device manufacturers.

In fact, Microsoft is working with Harman Kardon on a speaker powered by Cortana – much like Amazon Echo – though, from its reveal trailer, it appears that it does have a screen.

The Cortana future is exciting, and today’s IoT Core Insider update brings us one step closer to it; you can read more about the Insider update and the full changelog over here.

About Vishal Laul

Vishal has been covering Tech News and updates from last 8 years. He keeps himself updated with the latest happenings in the Tech world and report them in an easy to understand format for the readers. He likes to watch a few shows and play a few games. He is also a massive Doctor Who fanboy. You can contact him and share your thoughts about anything through vishal.laul[at]gmail.com and catch him on twitter: @vishal1082

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