Microsoft launched the Surface Studio on 15th December 2016, and only now will it release its first major update. The Surface Studio is an all in one PC in Microsoft’s Surface lineup. With the release of a new audio driver on Windows Update, will allow owners of a Surface Studio to awaken their machines by simply saying “Hey Cortana”.

The wake-up functionality has been supported by Intel’s Skylake line of processors for quite some time now. However, the Surface Studio is one of the first devices to support waking up from, as Microsoft terms it, “modern standby” using voice commands. This feature comes as part of a new Creators Update for Microsoft Windows 10.

Shouting "Hey Cortana" will now waken the Surface Studio
Shouting “Hey Cortana” will now wake the Surface Studio

Microsoft also plans to release the Cortana voice command wake up functionality for third-party devices this year. Cortana’s voice command wake-up call will also be useful for devices other than machines. Harman Kardon, for example, had announced Cortana powered speakers back in 2016.

They will use Cortana’s new wake-up functionality to power on, which will allow them to go head to head with Amazon’s Echo line of products. The update for the Microsoft Surface Studio all in one PC arrives as it debuts outside of the US, further increasing the appeal of the device.

The Surface Studio had been launched on 20th April 2017 in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. This was alongside the release of another Surface line product, the Surface Book, which was launched with performance base in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

It can be expected that Microsoft will soon bring Cortana’s voice command wake-up feature to its other devices, such as the Surface Book. This will definitely help sell more products as well as attract greater attention as this is an uncommon feature.


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