Microsoft has launched a new project which is codenamed “Calendar.help” which gives Cortana, the personal digital assistant, ability to arrange meetings on your behalf. Microsoft has also said that Skype in 2017 will be leading the conversion technology with its latest Microsoft talking bots.
The “Calendar.help” project will bring artificial intelligence (AI), conversational computing and calendaring. The project combines efforts from Microsoft Research, Outlook, Cortana, and Genee, a scheduling AI start up that was acquired by Microsoft back in August. Calendar.help is currently in an exclusive preview for customers.
This latest technology will make it easier for people to write emails for meetings because with the help of Cortana, users can get instructions about meetings timing, length, location etc. Cortana will be able to communicate with meetings invites effectively as explained by the Calender.help team
Skype to get support for Microsoft talking bots in 2017
Microsoft also announced that Skype will be getting talking bots by 2017. The company has announced that it will make Skype calling API available to its partners which will mean that consumers will get more ways to interact with services on Skype.
In the spring of this year, we introduced you to a new world of conversational computing—where conversations become the new platform. This paradigm shift is enabling our machines to harness the power of human conversation, leading to endless improvements in efficiency, intelligence, and, of course, fun. In 2017, we can’t wait to show you how we’re pushing this shift even further.
At the forefront of this push is Skype. Since the emergence of conversational computing we’ve seen an ever-growing presence of bots. While we’re still in the early days of innovation, we believe that we’re truly changing the way consumers engage with our partners. And our partners? They’re already demonstrating this tidal shift.
One of those new partners is Expedia.com, coming soon to all Skype platforms. With the Expedia bot, you can easily search for hotels, quickly book, manage reservations, and confirm or cancel hotels and flights. And should you ever have a question the bot can’t answer, Expedia is proud to be one of the first bots that allows calling directly to Expedia, free of charge.
Another partner is UPS which has created a bot on Skype that can track packages, calculate shipping rates, and find a user’s local branch. Again, we see a future without rigid search forms or one-size-fits-all FAQs. Today, Skype consumers can ask personalized questions and get personalized answers, making their lives more efficient in real, tangible ways.