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

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana

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.

The Verge has received yet another tip about Cortana this week showing off how the assistant will look. In the screenshot below, you can see that Cortana will manifest itself as a small blue circle. We also get a glimpse at some of the settings, such as the ability to turn off suggestions from Cortana, whether or not to track flight information from emails and the option to change the name that Cortana will address you by.

We’ll get a better look at Cortana in action once Windows Phone 8.1 nears release. Until then, we’re stuck with Siri.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.