Microsoft’s Cortana for Skype – Now on Windows Phones

Cortana, Microsoft’s brilliant voice-enabled digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, is now fully compatible with Skype mobile.

The updated Skype mobile app for Windows Phone 8.1, currently at version 2.19, now has Cortana integrated into it. Skype product marketing manager Lara Kingwell says that Cortana is “the new personal assistant on Windows Phone 8.1 who keeps you closer to the people and things who matter most.”

Cortana Digital Assistant

Similar to mobile digital assistants like Apple’s Siri and Google Now, Cortana’s technology enables Windows Phone users to control web searches, create and update calendar appointments, find directions and several other tasks all by voice command.

This Skype update means that Cortana is becoming a full-featured virtual helper. Havin Cortana for Skype means that voice control and command is right there in your Windows phone.

Kingwell goes on to mention that “Now you can start Skype video and audio calls by simply asking Cortana something like ‘Skype get Lara Kingwell on the screen,'”.

The downside for users outside the US is that Cortana is only currently available there on Windows Phone 8.1.

More Skype updates for Windows Phone

Skype 2.19 for Windows Phone also introduces a few new features aimed at making this version of Skype the easiest to use on windows mobiles so far.

Skype notifications now show up in the phone’s Action Center, just like the alerts panels found in Android and iOS. “Swipe down in Windows Phone 8.1 to see your email, text, social media and now Skype updates in the Action Center,” stated Kingwell.

The Video Upgrade feature has also been improved.  Users can now seamlessly switch from a regular voice call to a Skype video session. Users can also now recover better from chat blunders and have included the ability to edit the last message you sent.”

Microsoft has increased the language support from 19 to 51 languages, so now even more people can connect on Skype with a Windows Phone than ever before.

Skype 2.19 for Windows Phone is available now at the Windows Store.

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