SDN Cast 65 – Alexa and Cortana Integration

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Amazon and Microsoft announce to continue to work together and added integration between Alexa, Amazons smart IA interface, to communicate with Cortana, Microsoft’s smart girl – the other IA Interface in both directions.

It should be possible soon to open Cortana’s interface from Alexa and ask Cortana when your next meeting is scheduled, or to reschedule your appointment if you can’t make it and you want to move the appointment to another time or place.

The other way around you could open Alexa’s from Cortana to order some stuff on Amazon. Both domains are really extending each other and with that extending their scope of applications. It would allow you to create your own Cortana Skill using Cortana Skills Kit or develop Alexa skills with the Alexa Skills Kit to connect your own platform to both smart bots.

Some other news items we discussed this week was about the sneak preview of the upcoming release of XLPublish and the next version of UWP Community Toolkit. We want to try to get Dick Moffat on the show again so he can give us a demo of their new product.

Where can you find our 65th episode of our Dutch SDN Cast?
https://youtu.be/nuoigZhnRKI

Did you subscribe our Dutch SDN Cast channel already?

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Other news:

The UWP Community Toolkit v2.0
https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2017/08/30/uwp-community-toolkit-v2-0
https://github.com/Microsoft/UWPCommunityToolkit/

XLPublish
https://dmoffat.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/xlpublish-is-almost-here/

TFS 2018 RC1 is available
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2017/08/30/tfs-2018-rc1-is-available/

VSTS Update – Aug 28
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2017/08/29/vsts-update-aug-28/

Hey Cortana, open Alexa: Microsoft and Amazon’s first-of-its-kind collaboration
https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2017/08/30/hey-cortana-open-alexa-microsoft-amazons-first-kind-collaboration/

Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.4 Preview
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2017/08/25/visual-studio-2017-version-15-4-preview/
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2017/08/25/uwp-net-standard-2-0-preview/

Events

Events this Week

MvvmCross .NET Summer Hackfest, August 21st to September 2nd, 2017
https://www.mvvmcross.com/hackfest/

IFA 2017, Berlin, Germany
http://b2b.ifa-berlin.com/en/IFA/IFAKeynotesConventions/IFAKeynotes/Microsoft/index-2.html

Upcoming events

Google Developer Days Europe – September 5-6, Krakow, Poland
https://developers.google.com/events/gdd-europe/

Wazug – September 7 2017, Hilversum
https://www.wazug.nl/Event/Details/2059

Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 – September 13, Online
https://summit.microsoftedge.com/

MixUG – Development Event – 13 September, Gouda
https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-mixug-development-evenement-34890959800

Xamarin Dev Days – 16 September – Amsterdam
https://ti.to/xamarin/dev-days-amsterdam-2017

DevIntersection Europe, September 18-20 – Stockholm
https://www.devintersectioneurope.com/#!

.NET Conf – 19-21 September
http://www.dotnetconf.net/

Microsoft Envision – September 25-27 – Orlando
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/envision/default.aspx

Ignite 2017 – September 25-29 – Orlando
https://ignite.microsoft.com
https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions

Hybrid IT Event – September 26 – Maarssen, NL
http://www.fujitsu.com/nl/microsites/hybrid-it/event/index.html

4DotNet Events – Xamarin Event – 28 September, Nieuwegein
https://events.4dotnet.nl/xamarin-event

MixUG – Eindgebruikers Evenement
https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-mixug-eindgebruikers-evenement-34890983872

SDN Event 3 – 6 October 6, Zeist, NL
https://www.sdn.nl/EVENTS/6-oktober-2017

TechDays October 12-13, 2017 RAI Amsterdam
http://www.techdays.nl/
https://techdays.msnlevents.net/content/eventselection.aspx?eventid=26152

SharePoint Saturday Belgium 2017, October 21, Brussels BE
http://www.spsevents.org/city/brussels/brussels2017

SharePoint Unite – October 24-26, 2017, Haarlem
https://sharepointunite.com/

Dev Intersection, October 30- November 2, Las Vegas
https://www.devintersection.com/#!/

Web Summit – 6-9 November 2017, Lissabon, Portugal
https://websummit.com/

Visual Studio Live! November 12-17 2017 Orlando, FL
https://live360events.com/events/orlando-2017/vslive.aspx

As usual we are always looking for presenters for our own events and Meetup’s so if you want to share something about hot technologies or just about something you implemented at work or in an App that could be interesting to our audience let us know so we can schedule you for one or our next SDN events or Dutch .NET Group Meetups.

This off course also goes for if you want to write a great article for us to publish in our SDN Magazines or at our SDN Website. The downside of publishing a magazine article is that there can be sometime between writing the article and publishing the magazine. So, if it is time critical sometimes the best option is to publish it on the www.sdn.nl website to get more speedy attention to the article.

As you see, options enough to address your audience with top notch information. You can even, if you like, be our guest in our SDN Cast shows to discuss the projects you are working on or other topics you master. We will instruct you how to connect with us and what it is you need to join the show.

Hopefully we will see you at our weekly web cast, for the schedule go to www.sdncast.nl for next week’s announcement to find out the day and time of our next broadcast or go to www.sdncast.nl/youtube to watch old episodes and videos that we recorded at our events. Don’t forget to subscribe our YouTube channel www.sdncast.nl/subscribe or go directly to YouTube not to miss any of our shows!

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About Maarten van Stam
I'm a Software Engineer, working at one of the top 3 accounting firms. Technology watcher, always looking for news and trends on technology. Received 13 Microsoft MVP Awards.. "My work is my hobby/my hobby is my work" - so you can find me almost at any time near a computer. If I'm not there it's most likely that I spend my time with my family - wife (undisclosed ;-) ), daughter (15) and son (13).

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