Microsoft Cortana gets IFTTT integration, now works with more smart home devices

Microsoft today announced that Cortana is adding new home automation skills, new smart home devices, such as the Ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, and LIFX. And it also now works with IFTTT. You can now open Cortana on Windows 10 or launch the Cortana app to add new products to the Connected Home menu. With IFTTT you can now connect and customize your experience by creating your own phrases to use with services. Furthermore, you can also use triggers and responses on IFTTT to make Cortana your truly personal assistant. You can use the Applets on IFTTT with Cortana to trigger multiple actions with one phrase. This is really interesting; now instead of waiting for 3rd party services to add Cortana skills, you can already use the existing services on IFTTT’s platform to connect to Cortana-enabled devices. To set up your connected home products with Cortana, you need to open Cortana on Windows 10 or Cortana app on your phone, click Notebook, then click Connected Home from where you can connect your favorite smart home accounts and control your devices from anywhere you use Cortana. The company back in October last year announced that you could use Cortana to manage smart devices through Samsung SmartThings, Nest, Philips Hue, Wink, and Insteon. Source …
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$200 off the Microsoft Surface Pro, and more great Presidents’ Day sales

If you don’t have the day off from work or school, you could be forgiven if you have no idea when Presidents’ Day is. Well, it’s on Monday, and retailers are trying to give people a reason to remember it by offering great tech deals in a number of categories. Best Buy’s Presidents’ Day sale features markdowns on Google Home bundles, 4K TVs, and more. Dell’s deal is bringing prices down on more than 140 products and Microsoft is offering discounts on nearly 100 laptops.

George Washington’s birthday isn’t the only one Microsoft is celebrating with discounts. The Surface Pro is officially five years old! For this weekend only, Surface Pro models are on sale for $ 200 off. You can get multiple models starting at $ 799 until Monday, February…

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Microsoft Photos Companion app for Android and iOS released, lets you quickly transfer photos and videos to PC

Microsoft today released a new photos app named ‘Photos Companion” for Android and iOS which is designed to make it easier to transfer photos or videos from a phone to a PC. The new app is released as a part of the Microsoft’s Garage project which lets employees release experimental apps. The app has been in … Continue reading “Microsoft Photos Companion app for Android and iOS released, lets you quickly transfer photos and videos to PC”
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Microsoft Photos Companion app for Android and iOS helps ease transfers to a PC

Microsoft has launched a new app for both Android and iOS today. It’s called Photos Companion and its name is pretty self-explanatory. Its aim is to help you easily transfer the photos you have on your phone to your Windows 10 PC. They will then be available in the Windows 10 Photos app. To use it, after you’ve installed it from the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store, you just scan the QR code shown in the Windows Photos app. To make sure that has the required functionality, grab the latest update from the Microsoft Store. Once your phone and the Windows 10 Photos app are…

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Microsoft ‘Photos Companion’ iPhone app allows for easy transfer of pictures to Windows 10 PC

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Seeing a need in education, Microsoft has developed an app to pull all the pictures off multiple iPhones and mobile devices and store them locally on a central Windows 10 machine.
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