Universal Windows App Development with Cortana and the Speech SDK

Want to add Cortana to your app? Whether you're into text-to-speech (TTS) technology for accessibility, social responsibility, or gaming (or all of the above!), you're probably excited about the possibilities that Cortana offers. Join mobility pioneer Nick Landry and popular author/teacher Jeremy Foster as they share their practical experience in computer speech technologies and mobile app development scenarios.​

Explore the why and how of speech apps, tour Cortana, and review the capabilities of the Speech SDK in Windows and Windows Phone. Work with speech synthesis, look at integrating Cortana, check out voice commands, and find out how to build speech-enabled mobile apps with Visual Studio for Windows devices. You'd be surprised at what you can do with as little as three lines of code!

(NOTE: Software requirements include Windows 8.0 or later, Visual Studio 2013 Update 2+, Windows Phone Silverlight app model, and Windows Phone 8.0 SDKs.)

Course Outline:

  • Introducing Cortana
  • Getting Started with Speech
  • Using Speech Synthesis in Mobile Apps
  • Cortana Integration
  • Voice Commands
  • Speech Recognition in Apps
  • Designing Apps with Speech
  • Advanced Speech Topics
Instructor Team
Jeremy Foster | Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist | @codefoster

Jeremy Foster studied Computer Engineering and Mathematics in school, and he has thoroughly enjoyed his career course ever since. He teaches, and he develops software, primarily on the web stack. He gained experience in education, aerospace manufacturing, and insurance, and he eventually joined Microsoft with the goal of informing and inspiring software developers. He authored his first book, CSS for Windows 8 App Development, published a course on Pluralsight.com, and tries to keep up with audiences via his blog and on Twitter.

Nick Landry | Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist | @ActiveNick

Nick Landry, Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, is a mobility pioneer and former entrepreneur specializing in cross-platform mobile app development for Windows, iOS, and Android devices. He has spent most of his career in IT consulting, software, and services companies across various technical and business roles designing, building, managing, and selling innovative software products and solutions for the world's top brands and Fortune 500 companies.

Known for his dynamic and engaging style, he is a frequent speaker at major software development conferences worldwide, was a 10-year Microsoft MVP awarded on Windows Phone Development, and was a Nokia Developer Ambassador & Champion. With more than 22 years of professional experience, Nick is a certified developer and software architect by trade and specializes in cross-platform mobility, GIS, cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile game development. He is an active blogger, occasional author, and avid gamer. Contact Nick via his blog or on GitHub.

Live Event Details
February 11, 2015
9am–5pm PST
What: Fast-paced live virtual session
Cost: Free
Audience: Developers interested in speech-enabled applications for Windows devices using Visual Studio

Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 application development experience is helpful but not required.