May 12, 2017

Intelligent flight assistant: Skyscanner among first ever skills launched on Microsoft’s Cortana

 Skyscanner and Cortana

Skyscanner has been announced as one of the first ever third party skills to be launched on Microsoft’s Cortana. The flight search skill will allow users to ask a range of handy, direct questions through Microsoft’s personal assistant.

 Live from today to users on all Cortana powered devices in the US – including on Windows 10 desktop and phone, Cortana for iOS and Android – the brand new skill will give users the opportunity to get quick and up-to-date information on flight queries.

 Skyscanner’s Cortana skill includes the ability to ask about indicative pricing on any flight route, in addition to the best time to book routes, and live flight status information. Users can use the new skill to:

·         ask about indicative pricing on any flight route, for example, ‘Hey Cortana, ask Skyscanner what is the average price to fly to Dubai from New York?’

·         Find out the best time to book routes, for example, ‘Hey Cortana, ask Skyscanner what is the best time to book flights to Paris from London?’

·         Get live flight status information, for example, ‘Hey Cortana, ask Skyscanner if the flight to Madrid is on time?’

 Skyscanner on Windows Cortana Screenshot  Skyscanner on Cortana Booking Screenshot

Skyscanner has become a pioneer in the bots and conversational search space, having been among the first to launch chat bots on both Facebook’s Messenger platform and Skype, as well as on Amazon’s Alexa voice service. Skyscanner’s latest artificial assistant for Cortana is able to conduct the conversation and surface answers about flights via both voice and visual cues, depending on which device the user engages with the skill on, creating a rich experience for those needing quick and convenient flight information.

“This is our first Artificial Intelligence skill using short interactions which is uniquely capable of conducting conversations and handling queries over voice and via text on screen. Once again, Skyscanner has taken a trail-blazing approach when it comes to building the most innovative conversational search tools for travel search. We believe that having the ability to ask simple, direct questions relating to flight information on any device enabled with the Cortana personal assistant is another step in offering a truly dynamic and informed eco-system of information to travellers on an unrivalled range of devices and contexts”

— Filip Filipov, Product Director, Skyscanner

Users can get started by simply saying “Open Skyscanner” on their Windows device, then follow up with queries on flight status, the cost of destination and the best time to travel. Find out more about the skill via Microsoft's product page here