Microsoft's Cortana Analytics Suite will offer a new interface for its cloud-based services

Microsoft is once again expanding the reach of its Cortana digital assistant that was first introduced in Windows Phone 8.1 and will be included in Windows 10. The new service is called Cortana Analytics Suite, and will use the assistant as an interface for businesses and enterprise customers to connect with a number of Microsoft's cloud-based services.

Microsoft states:

"The growing adoption of machine learning, big data combined with the power of unlimited storage and compute in the cloud presents a unique opportunity for organizations to anticipate what will happen and to automate business outcomes. Cortana Analytics Suite brings together leading technology infrastructure including machine learning, big data storage and processing with perceptual intelligence such as vision, face and speech analysis, extending predictive and prescriptive capabilities to businesses for a range of industry scenarios. Cortana Analytics Suite integrates with Cortana, Microsoft's digital personal assistant. Cortana works with the Cortana Analytics Suite to enable businesses to get things done in more helpful, proactive, and natural ways."

Cortana Analytics Suite is already being used by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System in New England as the basis for an upcoming analytics solution called ImagineCare:

"Data from sensors and devices such as blood-pressure cuffs, pulse oximeter devices and activity trackers like Microsoft Band are transmitted via smartphone to the Azure cloud. From there, it's pulled into a Cortana Analytics Suite dashboard at a "contact center" staffed 24/7 by registered nurses who have a singular view of each customer's personalized care plan. When a person's data exceeds a custom-prescribed threshold, an alert is sent to the nurse, who then reaches out to the customer via phone call, video chat or secure text — often before the person even knows there's a problem."

ImagineCare is scheduled to launch sometime in October. Microsoft plans to offer Cortana Analytics Suite to other businesses later this fall for an as-yet-unannounced monthly fee.

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John Callaham
  • Lovely....heavily futuristic.. Good move
  • Wow this is so cool!  It reminds me of the healthcare synths on the show 'Humans' hehe (which started as a Xbox Studio show).  It's slowly coming together.
  • Yup, very interesting, and with moves to increasingly privatise parts of the UK nhs I can see how this could be used, indeed in policing, customer service, logistics etc. But for me personally - I'm glad it can all be turned off - I own a private hedge fund and frankly have no need for this intrusive guff - my msft rep adores me the Enterprise versions are very lean and scalable: I love how msft is adopting a services approach, as opposed to the all or nothing approach for w8.1 Enterprise, and love that one can pick or chose to use whatever features or just get rid of it. We've got no need for a glorified talking index system and won't be running Cortana our any of that and I just appreciate it can be removed - choice is good. Now I really hope quiet time can be used with Cortana off, on w10 mobile Enterprise...
  • I am at the WPC2015 must say I like the brand management of Cortana. I know some people complain about her extending her reach to iOS and Android but this is a part of her value proposition that Google Now and Siri have over them. She is everywhere the user may go
  • please live blog it as im not able to watch the video. what did they show off in terms of continuum?
  • Any hints on Cortana's broader availability? As long as its restricted to only a few regions these kind of news are just noise.
  • The demo was very cool. So many uses for Cortana. RIP Siri and Google Now.
  • Biggest contender now is Amazon's Alexa anyway, primarily because Amazon has an SDK and realised they can't do everything alone like google and apple seem to think.
  • Cortana's location based reminders is broken, shows this message:
    Couldn't locate the place on the map :( any ideas
  • She didn't find the address, maybe?
  • She still works for me.  Make sure the address you stated is correct?
  • Cortana is starting to evolve into the Halo character's awesomeness ;)
  • THIS.
  • I wish she became like iron man assistance. Would be best thing ever like omfg
  • I prefer having Master Chief's assistant.
  • Which one, Pepper Potts or Jarvis^^
  • Take a real assistant over a virtual one any day!
  • Nice
  • Interesting idea. But will it work even if your version of Windows 10 doesn't have Cortana?
  • Your version of Windows 10 doesn't have Cortana? This tech is clearly going to big markets that can afford it and Cortana is available in all those big markets. (US - UK)
  • Deactivated by enterprise policy maybe.
  • Yes, Cortana can also be built directly into apps and doesn't require that Cortana is on your device (though the voice recognition part might only work if the native counterpart is activated). You can see this active in office, edge and the new project gigjam.
  • Another overuse/dilution of a brand, I think. The ability to use natural language for querying some of the data is sugar, not the core of this analytics technology.
  • This. Is. The. Future.
  • This sets Microsoft apart from Apple and Google. Both in the personal assistant and smart watch market.
  • Werent all this already available as part of the Azure stack already. I've used quite a few of these from there. Just a rebranding I guess.
  • Yep.
  • Well, in part. Machine learning and the UI was already available. But this seems like an alternative to the BI interface and replacing it with cortana. It only does the analytics/analysis of the data. Not any actual computations of it.
  • This will only make people think Microsoft is data mining them with "Cortana" nad leasing the information out to businesses for ad targeting, among other things.