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I have a Apple ecosystem in my apartment along with a Windows PC.

I am wondering whether Apple offers making a Windows PC on my WiFi network controllable by my Siri enabled HomePod?

If I could make my PC a HomeKit device, for example, I should in theory, be able to teach Siri to carry out predefined Actions on my Windows PC (for example, printing a page to my printer from my Windows pc)

"Hey Siri, print the page I am browsing on my PC".

Has Apple provided an API for this kind of thing? Or not (yet)? Does anyone know of any other non-Apple ways to do this? (e.g., something similar to this).

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Workflow on iOS allows you to perform web service calls and send commands over SSH. The Siri shortcuts functionality coming in iOS 12 appears to be based at least partially on Workflow’s technology (Apple aqui-hired the developers.)

As to whether all of Workflow’s functionality will appear in Siri Shortcuts at some point, I have no information either way.

Even if it does, it would be up to you to provide some sort of endpoint/plumbing on the Windows side to actually pull this off. You’d be fully on your own.

  • I'll check it out. This is more along the lines of what I was looking for, and SSH and plumbing shouldn't be an issue :) – ChrisC Aug 28 '18 at 4:48
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I am wondering whether Apple offers making a PC on my WiFi controllable by my Siri HomePod?

No.

Has Apple provided an API for this kind of thing? Or not (yet)?

No.

  • That's a very short answer ;) Has apple allowed any of this on MacOS? I am assuming that Apple will move in this general direction at least with MacOS, and, if they don't fear Microsoft, allow Microsoft et. al to use this as well in months (hopefully not years) to come... – ChrisC Aug 27 '18 at 19:59
  • There's nothing much to add :) macOS has Siri built-in but doesn't yet support integration with 3rd party apps (as far as I know), just iOS and watchOS. No comments regarding your other statement. – Nimesh Neema Aug 27 '18 at 20:01
  • Thanks. Are you employed by Apple? just kidding ;) I have expanded the question to ask for other ways that would at least in theory allow some basic control over a PC via Siri. – ChrisC Aug 27 '18 at 20:05
  • That could be an ingenious programming "hack". However, as per your original question and the scope of discussion on Ask Different, there's no standard way to achieve the desired. – Nimesh Neema Aug 27 '18 at 20:07
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