Microsoft Cortana Gets A New Competitor

Dag Kittlaus, one of the co-founder of Apple Siri is now working on a new personal digital assistant called Viv. This is how they describe Viv on their website,

Viv is an artificial intelligence platform that enables developers to distribute their products through an intelligent, conversational interface. It’s the simplest way for the world to interact with devices, services and things everywhere. Viv is taught by the world, knows more than it is taught, and learns every day.

They demoed it for the first time at TechCrunch Disrupt today. Watch the video demo above. From the demo, it looks like Viv is a combination of Cortana and Facebook Bot. Viv is more focused on integrating with 3rd party system providers. You can use Viv to send money to others through Venmo, send flowers to someone using proflowers.com or even book a Uber through your voice. We will come to know how well it works in the coming weeks when it is released to the general public.

Microsoft recently announced Skype Bots and Bot Framework at Build, read about them here and here.

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