In looking at the April 2018 update for Windows 10, we’ve explored Continue on PC, Storage Sense and Focus Assist. Our next stop on the tour is Cortana. As many of you know, Cortana is Microsoft’s personal digital assistant and has been part of Windows 10 since the initial release almost three years ago.
Each feature update to Windows 10 has introduced changes, enhancements and new capabilities for Cortana including a few that were added for the April 2018 update.
Let’s look at those additions.
Cortana Talks to More Devices
The biggest growth area for Cortana in the April 2018 Update was the number of smart home devices she can now connect to. Cortana can access devices from ecobee3, Honeywell Lyric (now called Honeywell Home), Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Thermostat E, Hue, Insteon, LIFX, Lutron, SmartThings/Samsung Connect, TP-Link Kasa and Wink.
Use Cortana’s Notebook to confirm that any smart home device you have now works with Cortana, then easily connect with your existing devices. Provide Cortana the account credentials to those connected home service providers. The best approach is to set up those devices on their own sites to connect everything and then introduce them to Cortana through her notebook.