1. Amrykid's Avatar
    I hope MS will introduce something along the lines of "Cortana Background Agents". It would allow developers to introduce commands without having to start an application. A good example would be a dictionary definition app or a WolframAlpha app.

    You could say "define 'cool'" which would trigger a dictionary defining background agent.

    Code wise, it might look like this:
    using System;
    public class DictionaryDefinitionAgent: CortanaBackgroundAgent
        public override Task InvokeAsync(CortanaWrapper cortana, SpeechAgentInvokedEventArgs args)
            //Entry point for the background agent.
            var deferral = await args.GetDeferral(); .//We know this task may take longer than 3 seconds so let the system know this. Cortana could say "hold on a second".
            var wordToDefine = args.Arguments[0]; //Get "cool"
            //insert magic code to get definition here
            cortana.Say("The definition of {0} is \"{1}\", wordToDefine, definition); //tell Cortana to say the definition
    The code above will grab the definition for the specified word and show it from inside of Cortana, without starting a dictionary app or performing a Bing search. There are other uses for this such as a calculator or a custom Google search.

    Perhaps we can set triggers that would allow these agents to run at start-up (and limit it to one, specified by the user). It could be used to say or name or something.

    I don't know, I just can't wait for the API to be released (if it hasn't already). What do you guys (and gals) think?
    04-21-2014 03:35 PM

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