Cortana is coming to Windows 10 IoT devices with a screen in the Creators Update

Cortana has already made her way to a number of different platforms, and Microsoft is working to add another to that list soon. Announced in a WinHEC session (via ZDNet), Microsoft revealed that Cortana will be coming to Windows 10 IoT devices with screens with the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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With the spread to IoT devices with screens, we should start to see Cortana pop up in a number of new and interesting places. In the slide shown during the presentation, for example, Cortana was shown running on both a refrigerator and a thermostat. As noted by ZDNet, it's possible Cortana's rollout to Windows 10 IoT Core could come later than the Creators Update for PCs and phones.

Aside from Cortana on IoT devices with screens, the WinHEC session included a detailed look at far-field voice support, which is also coming to Cortana in the Creators Update. This feature will allow Cortana to work at a distance of 13 feet with ambient noise. Another new feature, Wake on Voice from Modern Standby, will let Cortana wake a PC from a screen-off state. Both features would certainly come in handy on IoT devices with Cortana.

While there's no firm date yet, the Windows 10 Creators Update is officially due out in early 2017. For more, be sure to give the full session a watch.

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