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Tasker Dev Gives Windows 10 Cortana Automation Abilities

August 3, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Android has a powerful tool at its disposal with Tasker and the collection of apps which can be plugged into it, allowing for near complete and total automation of your device and other things around your home if you have the correct equipment and set up. Now it appears you can also use your Windows 10 powered PC to automate your Android device along with virtually anything else you may have configured automation with through Tasker. Using Cortana, AutoVoice, and AutoRemote, Tasker’s creator joaomgcd, was able to get automation working to control and do various things which are demonstrated in the quick video below.

If you already have Windows 10 installed and are using or are going to be using Cortana quite a bit, then this may be something you’ll want to look into as the possibilities of what you could control just by speaking to Cortana are seemingly limitless. Joao boasts that whatever AutoVoice is capable of letting you automate via your Android device can also be automated by using Cortana on your Windows 10 PC, including controlling certain aspects of your Android device like dimming the brightness or turning off notifications. This could be a perfect option for anyone who wants a hands-free experience for controlling their smartphone or tablet, but remember it can be used to control and automate other things around the home too like your TV, your lights and more.

The process for getting everything set up seems to be pretty clear cut and if you’re already accustomed to Tasker then things shouldn’t be too difficult for you. Besides Windows 10 what you’ll need is Tasker, AutoVoice, and AutoRemote on your phone or tablet as well as any equipment you would need to make things around the home connected. You also need to install the AutoRemote Chrome extension from the Chrome store on your PC. The steps for getting things set up are all listed at the source below if you’re feeling rather adventurous and want to give things a test. Since you’ll need a Chrome extension installed, it should go without saying that you’ll need Chrome set as your default browser. If you’re still keen on using Microsoft’s new Edge browser, this won’t work for you unfortunately.