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Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Siri, will arrive in Windows Phone 8.1 update

By Shawn Knight
Mar 3, 2014
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  1. Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now will be included in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. It's called Cortana (from the Halo series) and it will replace the built-in Bing search feature within the mobile operating system.
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  2. Gopal Bhat

    Gopal Bhat TS Rookie Posts: 43   +7

    Will it sound like Cortana?
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,345   +806

    How useful can this be? I've got Google Now and I'm yet to find out what value it adds apart from inaccurate weather forecasts which I can do without.
     
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,156   +737

    Cool idea to use an AI from a video game, but I wonder if it'll be as attractive to someone who doesn't know Halo. Either way, kudos to MS for picking a personality that's not cute and trendy like Siri. Hopefully it doesn't end up sounding like Siri
     
  5. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,294   +547

    Im sorry but I found this to be hilarious and cool at the same time. Now with all these (I have an iPhone 5S and Microsoft Sync in my Vehicle) voice control functions its funny to have one that is a reference to a game. If it sounds like Cortana then it will be even probably be a selling point for many people I know (So long as it works).
     
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  6. Unlike Siri, Cortana can show/appear herself in front of you as hologram :D
     
  7. I first smiled, then laughed, then realized, If it sounds like Cortana, I may just switch to Windows phone.

    Its going to be a bit awkward for the young kids that hear Cortana on the windows phone, and then for the first time on future Halo games though.
     
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  8. davimous

    davimous TS Rookie Posts: 55   +9

    I'm getting one and making her call me chief. Hopefully she is witty and sarcastic as well.
     
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  9. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Maniac Posts: 1,189   +244

    So Microsoft is now turning into Google so will Microsoft now make a site called scroosoft
     
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +389

    was just wondering this, and I might get a windows phone if it does xD
     
  11. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +25


    Easter egg number 1:

    Player: How much do you bet I can stick this?
    Cortana: Bet you can't stick it


    If MS don't put this in, I will refuse to buy a windows phone ever. EVER.
     
     
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +389

    The nice thing here for microsoft is rapency. after 7 years the phone will spontaneously go mad and destroy itself.
     
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  13. Red87

    Red87 TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I've found google now immensely useful when I travel around. Pretty awesome getting local attractions and stuff listed that otherwise I probably would never have known about. It does quite a bit of other stuff too, you just need to configure it for you.
     
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,345   +806

    I guess it has it's uses but apart from weather and some traffic updates I don't find it terribly useful.
     
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,979   +957

    True. When we want those, all we have to do is turn on the TV.

    In any event, here in the states we have, "Eyewitness Weather". Couldn't anybody tell you the "eyewitness weather"? Like by opening a door or window, and sticking you head out.

    We had one weatherman that almost got run out of town, for predicting 20+ inches of snow in Philadelphia. :oops: 20+ inches did indeed fall, but that was on Boston.But hey, ya know, that's only a few hundred miles away as the crow flies.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
  16. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Enthusiast Posts: 332   +84

    We have this as well, either someone if afraid to tell the Emperor he has no clothes or these folks are so wrapped up in their job they cannot see how ridiculous this is.

    If I get a phone I'll have to get it to call me Master....like "I Dream of Jeannie" Or "Heaven's Lost Property" if you are into anime
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
  17. Railman

    Railman TS Enthusiast Posts: 667   +96

    This reminds me of a newspaper report in the early days of Siri. A kid programmed the phone to call the user a rude Anglo Saxon word whilst in a phone shop. I believe that Apple have changed the computer code to prevent this now. Of course this was a newspaper report so it is probably untrue but it did make me laugh.
     
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,979   +957

    "Cortana", sounds like she should speak Spanish.

    Come este, "muy buenos dias, yo soy Cortana. ?Como puedo yo assistirse?

    Although, the user probably should be able to change the sex of the phone's avatar, depending on the user's own sex, (and preferences).

    Frankly, I'm confused as to why the lesbian Illuminati haven't yet filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit, either on behalf of, or against, Siri. Maybe both....:eek:
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2014
  19. Railman

    Railman TS Enthusiast Posts: 667   +96

    Girl on girl lawsuit?
     
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,979   +957

    Girl on girl is always good, no matter what kind of suit they're wearing....(y)

    (Although I do admit their, "birthday suits", are my favorite).
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2014


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