Cortana now gets business data from Microsoft's Power BI service

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Microsoft is bringing the Cortana virtual assistant deeper into the business world by combining its capabilities with those of Power BI, the company’s business intelligence and analytics service.

With the new integration, Power BI users running the latest version of Windows 10 can ask their computers questions about information stored with the business intelligence service and get answers back in the form of simple numbers, charts and even complex reports, depending on how they have the system set up. 

To get started, administrators select a data source in Power BI (such as a SQL Server database), and allow Cortana to access the data set. Once that’s done, the assistant will be able to pull information from the data for any user who has access to it in Power BI.

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