At its Build developer appointment in Seattle today, Microsoft showed off how developers can extend the company’s Graph API to turn just about any device into a abundance assistant.

To allegorize what that means, Senior Product Marketing Manager Laura Jones took to the stage to authenticate a book in which she has a affair to get to in the morning.

She first asked Cortana to give her a abandoned of her agenda for the day, by arising a voice command to an Invoke smart speaker. Cortana also abreast her of an update to her accessible travel booking, set up an out-of-office bulletin for her vacation and let her boss know she’s taking time off soon.


The abettor also noted that Jones’ car was low on fuel and recommended that she leave early to make it to her affair after active out of gas.

When Jones hopped into a model of a car on stage, she was able to abide talking to Cortana to learn of a cartage jam up ahead, let her colleagues know with a short call, and even finish a awaiting task: pull up a list of designers from her LinkedIn arrangement and accomplish a arbitrary of their profiles.

What we saw on stage was the leveraging of the Device Graph to push notifications amid things like a smart apostle and a affiliated car.

According to Microsoft, the idea for the future of the Graph API is to allow developers to extend the capabilities of any affiliated device to plug into the company’s casework and let users collaborate with its apps almost natively.

By creating a adjustable Graph like this, Microsoft is accretion its boutonniere of casework for consumers and action users so they can use the company’s articles wherever they are – and in the bargain, stay locked into its universe.

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