Microsoft starts to link Microsoft Health to Cortana to keep up on your steps

An early report tonight suggests that Microsoft has begun linking Microsoft Health accounts up to Cortana. The feature is reportedly found under Cortana's notebook along with the existing connections for Uber, Office 365, LinkedIn, and Xbox Live.

We have not seen the integration offered on our Cortana accounts just yet, but a reader of the site Curt K. sent us these screenshots above showing the feature in action. The tie-in appears to show a user's daily step count, comparison to the previous day and calories as well.

Microsoft has been busy integrating third-party services with Cortana over the last few months including their own. So far, users have the option to link Uber, Office 365, LinkedIn, and Xbox Live. Although Microsoft Health is not yet available for everyone, it makes sense that the company would leverage the personal digital assistant for such a function. Hopefully, it will begin to roll out to more users in the coming days and weeks.

Thanks, Curt K, for the tip!

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