Microsoft Cortana Vs. Siri

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 Cortana iOS Android

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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Windows Phone Cortana Early Review

Windows Phone skeptic says Cortana ‘blows away Siri and Google Now’

By on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM.

Windows Phone skeptic says Cortana ‘blows away Siri and Google Now’

Voice-enabled personal assistants are cool things to have but are they really an important enough feature to get people to change platforms? ZDNet’s Matthew Miller, who was initially worried that Microsoft’s new Cortana service would be another “me-too” product that copied Siri and Google Now, now says that after trying it out this week that it’s the real deal and it could win over some iOS and Android coverts. More →

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Siri vs. Cortana Videos

Microsoft shows us how Cortana is different from Siri in these videos

By on April 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Microsoft shows us how Cortana is different from Siri in these videos

Of all the announcements at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference, Cortana certainly stands out as one of the most intriguing. With the addition of a worthwhile personal assistant, Windows Phone will finally begin to reach parity with iOS and Android, at least from a feature perspective. At first glance, it’s difficult not to compare Cortana to its iOS predecessor, so Microsoft has decided to approach the issue head on with a series of short videos comparing the two assistants. Microsoft argues that Cortana is a more personal companion, one which will learn about you and treat you as an individual, whereas Siri was built for everyone. Check out the videos below. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Cortana

Microsoft unveils Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

Microsoft unveils Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone

Microsoft officially unveiled Cortana at the Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, its own take on a personal assistant for mobile devices. We’ve known about Cortana for quite some time, as repeated leaks have slowly revealed the specifics of the new feature, but Microsoft is finally ready to share everything we need to know. More →

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Cortana Video Windows Phone

Video: Here is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, in action

By on March 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM.

Video: Here is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, in action

The Windows Phone 8.1 leaks continue to roll out as the Microsoft Build Developer Conference inches closer. Just a day after the reveal of Cortana’s appearance, Unleash the Phones has come forward with footage of the Windows Phone digital assistant in action. The video begins with the initial set up, in which you will be asked to allow Cortana to access your information and sign in to your Microsoft account. Once you’re logged in, Cortana will quickly “absorb the entire internet” before asking you what you would like to be called. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana

This is what Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now will look like

By on March 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

This is what Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now will look like

The next version of Windows Phone is shaping up to be the biggest evolution of Microsoft’s mobile operating system yet. We already know that Cortana, the Windows Phone voice-controlled digital assistant, will have advanced privacy settings for users that want to be in complete control of how much data they share, and we think the official reveal of Cortana will take place at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference next month, but we still don’t have a clear picture of what Cortana will look like. Until now. More →

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