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Jabra's New Headsets Feature Cortana Connection

August 25, 2016

Microsoft's Cortana system may have started life out as a video game character—a hologram dispensing advice and updates to Master Chief in the Halo series— but Cortana quickly took on a whole new life outside the game. Rising to be a match for Siri itself, a new development has arrived as Jabra's new line of headsets feature a means to connect to Cortana, and subsequently take advantage of the services Cortana can bring to the table.

Thus, the new headsets combine the standard of high-quality audio functionality that Jabra is commonly known for with the array of tools Cortana can add. Several such headsets are in line to take advantage of this new connection, including elements of the Jabra Evolve series—specifically the Evolve 80, the Evolve 65, and the Evolve 40—which allow users that are focused on one desk to get the best in audio to create what amounts to a “complete concentration zone” around that one desk.

Also in on the action is the Biz 2400 II, a headset geared toward noise cancellation so that the HD Voice technology can really shine through, as well as the Motion UC. The Motion UC is Jabra's mobile-based headset, which works well with background noise to allow for both clear communications to and from Cortana, a development that makes it particularly useful for those in the mobile workforce.

Jabra's senior vice president Holger Reisinger commented, “Jabra has long recognized that audio has an important role to play in the workplace, whether through ambient noise, during phone calls or in meetings. The future of communication, inside and outside of the workplace, will center around voice. In the office, it will be focused on voice control and the productivity gains and seamless communication experience it can offer. Workplaces are already experiencing this to an extent, but to truly benefit, they must get their competencies right. Only if audio and voice are high quality can they stand up against the audio challenges the workplace presents.”

There's a lot of value in bringing a voice-operated system like Cortana to operations, including in many cases time savings in operations that don't need mouse and keyboard anymore. These time savings may be small in isolation, but combined over the course of several users over a long-term period and the end result can be impressive. Yet these time savings can't be achieved if the users have to repeat instructions several times before getting the voice-driven system to respond as desired, and that's where Jabra's high-quality audio connectivity can do so much good for its users.

The combination of Jabra and Cortana should be a sound one that is highly productive for its users and prevents plenty of frustration and lost time in the end. That's good news for all sides, and should make the already-attractive Jabra systems even more so in the end. 

Edited by Alicia Young

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