Windows 9 Features Cortana

The first Windows 9 Cortana screenshots leak

By on September 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

The first Windows 9 Cortana screenshots leak

The closer Microsoft gets to unveiling Windows 9 and releasing its first Technical Preview of its next major desktop OS update, the more leaks revealing Windows 9 features hit the web. After posting videos showing how the new Start menu button is supposed to work, and detailing new features including the Notification Center and multiple desktop support, German publication WinFuture is back with screenshots showing the Cortana voice-based personal assistant in action for Windows 9. More →

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Following her World Cup triumph, Cortana now tries her hand at making NFL picks

By on September 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Following her World Cup triumph, Cortana now tries her hand at making NFL picks

Cortana is swiftly proving to be the most adamant sports fan of the mobile virtual assistants. First it was soccer score predictions during the World Cup — now Microsoft has updated Cortana once again to predict the outcome of every NFL game this season. In order to get a prediction from Cortana, simply ask “Who will win Team A or Team B?” (with your teams of choice in place) and Cortana will provide an answer. More →

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Cortana makes fun of Siri in brand new TV commercial

By on September 2, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Cortana makes fun of Siri in brand new TV commercial

Microsoft is back at making fun of Apple products in a new TV ad that stars Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, the two voice-activated virtual assistants available on iOS and Windows Phone, respectively. In the new commercial, Microsoft is actually using the verbal duel between the two assistants to promote the HTC One (M8) for Windows – a recently released high-end handset – by comparing it to Apple’s existing flagship handset, the iPhone 5s. More →

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Cortana vs Siri vs Google Now

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

By on August 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

All three major mobile operating systems now have a virtual assistant, but there still isn’t a final verdict on which is the best. In fact, with such frequent updates, it might be impossible to ever declare a winner, but that doesn’t mean we can’t constantly compare the three anyway. Earlier this year, WPCentral posed the same questions to all three assistants at once in order to see which was more effective. More →

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Cortana vs Siri TV Commercial

Video: Cortana trolls Siri in new TV commercial

By on July 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Video: Cortana trolls Siri in new TV commercial

Microsoft has a new TV commercial for its Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana assistant in which it’s taking new shots at one of its biggest competitors, Apple’s voice-based assistant Siri. The new ad, titled “Happy Anniversary,” shows a smartphone user issuing certain commands to an iPhone 5s (Siri) and a Lumia 635 (Cortana), with only the latter able to recognize them and deliver appropriate responses. More →

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How Microsoft plans to give Cortana more brain power than anything Siri can muster

By on July 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM.

How Microsoft plans to give Cortana more brain power than anything Siri can muster

Microsoft’s Cortana assistant has earned a good deal of praise in the early going and the company this week unveiled plans to make it even better. Microsoft says that starting this fall, Cortana will have access to a huge trove of academic information through a new Bing feature that will have “academic data tightly integrated and prominently featured on its search pages.” Microsoft says that this new feature will be part of its Microsoft Academic Search initiative that aims to make scholarly research an integral part of Bing search results and not its own separate category as we see now in Google Scholar. More →

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Microsoft Cortana World Cup Predictions

Cortana still has a perfect record at predicting World Cup elimination round matches

By on July 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Cortana still has a perfect record at predicting World Cup elimination round matches

You’d be rolling in money right now if you took World Cup gambling advice from Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant. As Business Insider points out, Cortana still has a perfect record at prediction World Cup elimination round matches after correctly forecasting the United States’ defeat at the hands of Belgium on Wednesday. There’s absolutely nothing mystical about Cortana’s prognostications, of course, since it’s making assessments based on a variety of tangible factors including team records, the weather and home-field advantage. Nonetheless, this is a neat feat for Microsoft’s version of Siri and we wouldn’t be shocked if this perfect record carried over to Friday since Cortana has predicted that Germany will beat France and that Brazil will beat Colombia.

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Microsoft might bring Cortana to iOS, Android in the future

By on June 13, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Microsoft might bring Cortana to iOS, Android in the future

Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, is one of the most impressive of its kind, outperforming its competition on an iPhone and a Moto X even in its early preview state. In fact, the early buzz surrounding Cortana has forced Microsoft to consider whether or not it would be worth bringing Cortana to more platforms in the future. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update Release Date

Here’s when you’ll finally be able to use Cortana on your Windows Phone

By on May 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM.

Here’s when you’ll finally be able to use Cortana on your Windows Phone

Microsoft has finally announced when Windows Phone 8.1 will be available to Windows Phone users. The major operating system update will bring, among other things, the Cortana voice-based, Bing-powered virtual assistant. On its support pages, Microsoft lists June 24 as the release date for the Windows Phone 8.1 update, revealing that it will be supported for three years, until July 11, 2017. More →

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Cortana Not Available to Children

You must be at least this tall to take a ride on Cortana

By on April 25, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

You must be at least this tall to take a ride on Cortana

Microsoft’s recently unveiled voice-based virtual assistant Cortana, named after the popular Halo guide, will not be available to everybody, America’s Markets reveals. Since Cortana is considered an online service, only 13-year olds or older will be able to use the voice features of Windows Phone 8.1, as Microsoft has to abide to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that describes how much information children under 13 can share online without their parents consent. More →

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Cortana vs Google Now

Microsoft is giving Cortana Google Now-like powers

By on April 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Microsoft is giving Cortana Google Now-like powers

In addition to creating its own voice-based virtual assistant that can stand its ground against Siri and Google Now, Microsoft appears ready to offer even more personalized search features to users in order to better compete against its main rival when it comes to search. The company on Wednesday announced on its Bing blogs that Bing.com is getting “more personal,” a feature it teased at Build 2014. More →

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Cortana vs Siri vs Google Now

Video: Cortana, Siri and Google Now battle in extensive comparison

By on April 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Video: Cortana, Siri and Google Now battle in extensive comparison

One of the main features of Windows Phone 8.1 is Microsoft’s voice-based virtual assistant called Cortana. While Microsoft has extensively demoed Cortana on stage during its Build 2014 opening event and in many videos it posted on YouTube, now that Windows Phone 8.1 is available the assistant can be tested in real life situations. That’s exactly what WPCentral did, comparing Cortana to its rivals from Apple and Google. More →

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Microsoft Cortana Tips and Tricks

These 13 videos might be silly, but they still make Microsoft’s Cortana seem impressive

By on April 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

These 13 videos might be silly, but they still make Microsoft’s Cortana seem impressive

In addition to posting several comparison videos showing the differences between Siri and Cortana, Microsoft has published several other short clips to reveal the distinct “personality” of its voice-based virtual assistant. The company is showing several of Cortana’s features, including its built-in sense of humor, with short videos that have the potential of going viral on YouTube in an obvious attempt to make this future Windows Phone 8.1 feature popular with consumers. More →

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