Look out, Siri. There’s a new virtual assistant in town and her name is Cortana.
Last week, Microsoft revealed its answer to Apple’s Siri, with a similarly cheeky app that can understand and answer voice commands from users of Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. But unlike Siri for iOS and Google Now for Android phones, Cortana lets developers write apps that can be controlled using the function’s voice commands.
It’s been a busy month for developers all over. Here’s a quick roundup of software news and stories that piqued our interest over the last couple weeks:
- Internet Explorer 6 is no more. Yay!
- Gmail celebrated its 10th anniversary as the first truly mainstream cloud-based service that “transformed the web as we know it.”
- Google, Cisco, Microsoft, AWS and others announced big plans for their cloud computing businesses, signaling the technology’s continued shift into the mainstream. Yay, again!
- New Relic software engineer Shiv Kumar shared a behind-the-scenes account of building New Relic’s Community Forum.
- HBO’s Silicon Valley developer-centric comedy premieres with positive responses from critics and general audiences alike. The only thing missing was any depiction of the developers doing any actual coding.
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