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Microsoft Debuts Cortana Skills Kit Public Preview

As expected, Microsoft used Build 2017 to finally bring the Cortana Skills Kit to preview. The company will be holding sessions during the conference to show how the SDK works.


Last week, we reported that would fully launch the Skills Kit and Devices SDK at Build 2017. Fast forward a week and that is exactly what has happened. The company announced the Skills Kit today.

You may remember the service was meant to roll out in preview by the end of February. Microsoft missed the deadline and has been quiet since.

The Cortana Skills Kit gives developers tools to create new apps and features for the Microsoft . It is a cross-platform service that will run on , iOS, Xbox, Windows, and any upcoming Cortana-powered hardware.

Developers use the Microsoft Bot Network to build services and bots. These can then be added to Cortana and make her more powerful and useful. Microsoft wants to be more open to outside developers in a bid of expanding Cortana's capabilities.

The SDK is now available in public preview, although it is currently only open in the United States. Microsoft has not said when the kit will come to other regions.

Many skills are already available for Microsoft's Cortana platform, including Domino's Pizza, Dark Sky, iHeartRadio, OpenTable, TuneIn, Cat Facts, and more.

Build 2017 Sessions

Today and tomorrow, Microsoft is hosting special sessions at Build 2017 to show off the skills kit.

There is an introductory session happening today. This will cover the core functionality of Cortana Skills Kit and show dev's how to create and publish content. The Azure Bot Network will be covered in a later session that shows how the developments work once published.

Finally, Microsoft will also hold sessions on May 11 and show developers how they can create voice services. By using the skills kit, dev's can create voice-only and voice-first solutions within Cortana.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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