Microsoft showcases Cortana personal assistant for Windows Phone during Build conference

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Apr 2, 2014
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  1. Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled Cortana, the company's own personal assistant for Windows Phone that's powered by Bing. As we learned early last month, the service is named after the artificial intelligence character from the Halo franchise which should be familiar...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Who does that guy remind you/me off? Also Cortana... to be honest these "Personal Assistants" are pretty useless unless you can go "Cortana pause music"(for when your on spotify) or "Cortana Deny all calls until I say so"(Say when your writing a text or something so you can multitask without loosing any time)

    If a "Personal Assistant" can do as I have just said say whilst I am doing another thing so I dont need cortana open to talk to it then I can say it is perfect but until then its absolutely useless.
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Yes and no. I agree it has limited use as a voice assistant unless it can be always listening (like the Kinect). But the idea of Cortana (akin to Google Now, I think) is to be an assistant in many aspects of the phone, like noticing flight information and letting you know about updates without you having to do anything at all. This is where these kinds of assistants can be useful.
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    So like when you get a new text message?
  5. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    "Cortana, send me a warthog"
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  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    "Cortana, get me the location of the nearest prostitute"
    "Cortana, find me a girlfriend"
  7. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    It's an assistant, but it can't help in any flaws you have. :p
  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Thats what you think ;) ... Also who said assistants cant you know help you in some areas like stress relieving or kidnapping your next door neighbour.
  9. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    I think you'll be getting the same search results as Siri since both are powered by Bing
  10. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Really are you sure? and maybe Cortana will appear as a sexy nude blue girl with matrix flowing down her haha
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  12. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Enthusiast Posts: 93   +31

    Siri, Cortana. Well. Maybe a name I can say out loud not sounding like I'm trying to use voodoo or saying random geographical locations next time?

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