Today, Microsoft\u00a0announced\u00a0that its digital assistant, Cortana, will now work with IFTTT and a number of new smart home devices, such as the Ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, and LIFX. To set them up, just open Cortana on Windows 10 or launch the Cortana app and add the new products under the Connected Home menu. The IFTTT compatibility helps open Cortana up to a number of new third-party services. Rather than wait for third-party companies to offer new Cortana features, just as they do for Amazon Alexa skills, users can find \u201crecipes\u201d that already exist on IFTTT\u2019s platform and connect them to their Cortana-enabled device. The update today comes several months after the release of Microsoft\u2019s first Cortana smart speaker, the Harmon Kardon Invoke. The speaker launched last fall for $199, but it\u2019s already seeing a\u00a050 percent price cut \u00a0as it struggles to compete with other speakers of various shapes and sizes, like Google\u2019s Home line and Amazon\u2019s many Echo devices.