We announced months ago that Microsoft was working to bring its voice assistant, Cortana, to Raspberry Pi. This is finally a reality and it is now possible to install Cortana on Raspberry Pi thanks to Windows IoT.
A few days ago Microsoft has released an update called Creators Update, an update that among other things makes it possible for Cortana is available on Raspberry Pi and on boards that support Windows IoT.
However, this arrival on the raspberry platform will not be as many of us thought, but certain elements are needed for the voice assistant to work on the SBC board. What's more, Cortana will only be compatible with Raspberry Pi 2 and 3apart from MinnowBoard MAX and DragonBoard 410c. Along with this, Raspberry Pi needs a screen and hardware supported by Windows IoT, otherwise it will not work properly.
Cortana will need a Microsoft-approved display and hardware to work on the Raspberry Pi
This means that we will have to buy a compatible or supported display, speakers and microphone by Microsoft. Once we have this, Windows IoT has to be updated to Creators Update, since it is thanks to this update that Cortana works with Raspberry Pi and not with the first versions of Windows IoT.
The arrival of the Cortana voice assistant to Free Hardware will not only make it possible for us to control our Windows computers by voice but also will allow us to have a virtual assistant at home, as we can have it thanks to the smart speaker from Amazon or Google Home. Too bad we can't have it on smaller Raspberry Pi platform boards like Raspberry Pi Zero.
In any case, it seems that Windows IoT will begin to be used more thanks to the arrival of this voice assistant or at least that seems to me What do you think?