Microsoft released a new skill for making and maintaining lists using its digital assistant Cortana, just in time for the holidays.
In a blog post published Thursday, Microsoft said the new feature comes with to-do and shopping lists pre-installed. Users can create a variety of list types, either by saying, “Hey Cortana, create a holiday list” or by typing them out the old fashioned way.
“Whether it’s planning a holiday meal, buying gifts, getting things done before you head out for vacation, or keeping track of who’s naughty or nice, you can use your voice or type to quickly create a new list, add to an existing list when inspiration strikes, and pull up your lists just when you need them on any device,” according to the blog post.
The feature can be integrated with a productivity app called Wunderlist that Microsoft acquired last year. That allows for deeper use, including attaching due dates to tasks and sharing lists with friends, family and co-workers.
Microsoft touts the feature as “one of the ways that Cortana remembers, so you don’t have to.” These kinds of skills are becoming commonplace in the AI assistant race among tech giants. Amazon, Google and Apple each have their own digital brains, with a variety of features and skills. Things like to-do lists, news and weather updates are within the capabilities of most digital assistants, and integration with popular smartphone apps is also on the rise.