Microsoft is working on a new Skills Kit for Cortana, its personal digital assistant, which is focused on helping business users build "company-specific" skills. Microsoft is taking the wraps off its Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise kit at its Ignite IT pro conference in Orlando this week.
The Enterprise Skills Kit is meant to help businesses use Cortana to improve workforce productivity. The new Enterprise Skills Kit for Cortana is currently available to developers by invitation only. It will be available "more broadly in the near future," officials said.
The Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise uses the Microsoft Bot Framework (which just hit its own Version 4 milestone this week) and the Azure Cognitive Services language-understanding (LUIS) technology. It will allow developers to build skills and agents, test them with users and manage deployment.
The skills which developers can build using the Enterprise Skills Kit will be able to be controlled using Azure Active Directory, so that enterprise developers can determine when those skills are deployed and who can access them. Microsoft isn't revealing a list of enterprise skills that developers can build using the new skills kit. But officials did offer some potential scenarios which could be enabled via these kinds of skills, such as scheduling an office cleaning by human resources.