Sign up to receive 5 free days of our daily summary for tech news.

Enterprise Amazon Google

Microsoft’s Cortana Faces Uphill Battle Winning Over Developers

Until very recently, developers who wanted to add a skill to Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana had to fill out a roughly 30-line form and paste it into an email to the Cortana team, with links to their privacy policies and terms and conditions. Then they had to wait for sometimes weeks to get feedback and final approval.

Amazon’s Alexa team, in contrast, has a portal for developers to upload details of their proposed skill. The Alexa team checks in via email if it needs more information. Approval can come within hours of a submission. The differences in the approval process for skills—the digital assistant version of apps—is likely one reason why Cortana only has a few hundred skills compared with Alexa’s 40,000.

Recent Articles

Google Facebook Cloud

In Reversal, Facebook Mulls Switch to Google Apps

By Kevin McLaughlin and Sarah Kuranda

Media Entertainment

Walmart Plots Rival to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

By Jessica Toonkel, Tom Dotan, and Priya Anand

Amazon Policy

Amazon Antitrust Push Slowly Gains Ground

By Priya Anand

Apple AI

Siri’s Last Remaining Cofounder Is Out at Apple

By Aaron Tilley and Kevin McLaughlin

“Nobody’s saying, ‘Hey, I’d like to build a Cortana skill.’”