Microsoft have announced that as of Friday, Cortana now works with IFTTT as well as smart devices form 7 more smart home companies, including Ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, LIFX, TP-Link Kasa, and Geeni.
That’s a pretty good push and one that is necessary for Microsoft Cortana in face of competition form Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and some of the smaller players in the virtual assistant field.
Cortana also works with a few apps by now, like Netflix, Fitbit, Bank of America, TED and others, but the developments this week are more interesting, now that Cortana has already become available for Android and iOS too at the start of the year.
Now that Cortana can be used with TP-Link smart plugs, you can turn on and off any device connected to the electrical outlet just by speaking to it, with the same feature for USB ports.
The same is the case for thermostats, smart bulbs, some info systems in cars and things like that. But what I really like is that it can be used to carry out multiple actions with one phrase through IFTTT, instead of having to go through lots of apps for one particular setup.
– Tom Bowen