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Xbox One voice commands

You can now control your Xbox One with Alexa and Cortana

September 6th, 2018

When the Xbox One launched, the revival of the Kinect seemed like a distinct possibility. After all, Microsoft had built all sorts of clever voice commands in to its camera, but within months of the console’s arrival, the writing was already on the wall. The Kinect was dead, and Microsoft admitted as much when it …

Cortana Shut Down

Microsoft adds an awful new prank to Windows 10

December 8th, 2016

Apparently, we’re now in the era of voice computing. But there’s some things that are probably best handled by a keyboard and mouse in the interests of security: your bank details, internet browsing history, and the ability to turn your PC on and off. Microsoft doesn’t seem to have got the memo on that last …

What Does Cortana Say About Apple

What happens when you ask for Cortana’s opinion of Apple

December 10th, 2015

Microsoft this week released a version of its Cortana virtual assistant for both iOS and Android, which naturally prompted one curious iPhone user to install it on their device and ask for its opinion of Apple. Instead of talking smack about Apple like a Ballmer-designed Cortana almost certainly would have, Cortana gave a very witty …

Cortana for iOS Beta Sign-ups

Microsoft is now letting anyone sign up for the Cortana for iOS beta

November 4th, 2015

Siri, it’s time we had a talk. It’s not that iPhone users don’t appreciate you, it’s just that you’re rarely more convenient than simply typing something into Google. I can’t even remember the last time I used you, but don’t worry, I’m not getting rid of you — I just think it’s time I explore …