An update to Cortana - Beta app for Windows 10 now allows managing devices connected to it. It unified Xbox One, Surface Headphones, and Amazon Alexa devices under one roof.
Starting in version 2.2004.22762.0, there is a new hardware section in the settings menu. It allows managing any of the Cortana devices you have. Typical Cortana devices are Xbox One, Surface Headphones, and Amazon Alexa. Obviously, the devices must be connected to Cortana.
To see which settings are available, click on a device in the list. For some devices like Surface Headphones, there is a shortcut to set it for the first time and install the Cortana Device Setup app.
The update is definitely useful for owners of Cortana-compatible devices.Microsoft is going to release more devices such as Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds, so the change is released on time.
Cortana is a virtual assistant bundled with Windows 10. Cortana appears as a search box or an icon on the taskbar and comes with tight integration with the Search feature in Windows 10. Signing in to Cortana with your Microsoft account allows it to keep track of what interests you, save your favorite places to its Notebook, collect notifications from other devices, and sync your data between all your devices with Cortana enabled.
Check out the app page on the Store here:
By placing Cortana in the Store, Microsoft will be able to update it more frequently. Also, this can potentially give the end user the ability to install Cortana like any other Store app.