Microsoft brings Cortana to Skype for Windows Phone

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The latest version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 version will come with support for the flagship feature, Cortana, announced Microsoft in a blog post on Thursday.

Skype updated version 2.19 will now feature Microsoft’s voice recognition technology, Cortana, along with a number of other new features including increased language support from 19 to 51 languages, fast app resume as well as quick and improved notifications for both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.

Integration with Cortana will allow users to start Skype video and audio calls by simply asking virtual assistant software something like “Skype get Edward on the screen.” Cortana is currently available in the US for Windows Phone 8.1 users.

The new version has also added support for Action Center to display notifications. This means that users’ messages and call notifications on Skype will now show up in the action centre alongside other notifications. In addition, Skype will also let users to edit their last sent message to any contact from within the app.

The mobile OS update is applicable for all devices running Windows Phone 8.0 and above. Users can download the updated version now from the Windows Phone Store.

Earlier this year, at the Build conference, Microsoft officially unveiled the personal assistant Cortana, alongside Windows Phone 8.1 in US. The company promised to roll out Cortana in other markets soon. Previous reports point to a possible launch of Cortana in UK this month, however, Microsoft hasn’t confirmed it.