Microsoft wants to be a part of your conversation when using Skype. Its powerful smart assistant, Cortana has now been integrated into the chat app to help you with quick suggestions when in a conversation with your contacts. The rollout will be gradual; first with users in the US, while other markets will take their turn later. Microsoft also announced that Cortana in Skype is currently only available on both iOS and Android operating systems.
“With Cortana’s in-context assistance, it’s easier to keep your conversations going by having Cortana suggest useful information based on your chat, like restaurant options or movie reviews. And if you’re in a time crunch? Cortana also suggests smart replies, allowing you to respond to any message quickly and easily—without typing a thing,” the Skype team said in a blog post.
So, what can Cortana do for you when using Skype?
Here are some of the things Cortana can do for you when using Skype:
- It can help you organize your day. Cortana and detect when you’re talking about scheduling events or things you have to do and will recommend setting up a reminder.
- You can have natural conversations in one-on-one chats with Cortana. Recall that Allo, a chat app launched by Google in 2016 has similar feature with its smart assistant.
- Check and find out more about your flight status.
- Get stock quotes.
- Get suggestions of best restaurants in your location.
- During chats, Cortana will suggest useful information based on your chat.
- Suggests smart replies, allowing you to respond to any message quickly and easily.
In September, the Redmond Washington-based tech giant announced that it will be replacing Skype for Business with Teams. Teams is barely a year old, and Microsoft is already finalizing plans to give it a big push. The app was first announced back in November 2016, with only a handful of users able to access it at the time. It was and still is the biggest threat to Slack despite being less than a year in existence.
Teams has the advantage in terms of its deep integration into Office 365 apps, and has succeeded in winning the hearts of over 125,000 organizations. That perhaps, explains the reason why Microsoft is providing the app with all the backing it needs to replace Skye for Business.
Prior to that announcement, Skype for Business was the app known for collaborating. As a matter of fact, Microsoft has over the last couple of years improved and added some new features to Skype to allow for faster text chats, video conferences and calls among users.
Also on the card, is a new Skype for Business server, which is expected to be rolled out in the second half of next year. This new server will serve all customers that are not ready to move to Teams. However, what Microsoft wants to do is to push Office 365 users to move over to Teams. This is based on the fact that the company wants customers to see Teams as the main communications client instead of relying on Skype for Business.