Developers: Cortana helps make the most of voice commands for your Windows Phone 8.1 apps

Cortana, now part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update, also empowers app developers to deliver more natural and robust experiences.

Building upon the Windows Phone 8.0 Voice Commands feature, developers can now find customized, large-vocabulary transcriptions of user requests without needing to know the vocabulary ahead of time.

Bing now also provides a “how-to” guide — MSDN Voice Search, a free Windows Phone Store application — that shows developers end-to-end use of Cortana-enabled voice commands.

MSDN Voice Search can tackle quick queries such as “MSDN, search for documentation on Azure,” but it is also an example of an app that uses Cortana-powered voice commands, in-app speech recognition and in-application speech synthesis together to deliver a more natural experience for users. And, the source code is published online to use as a model.

Head over to the Bing Search Blog to find out more about Cortana, Bing and Windows Phone apps.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff