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'Bing tell me': Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to hit Lumias in April, voice-over done by Halo's Jen Taylor

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'Bing tell me': Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to hit Lumias in April, voice-over done by Halo's Jen Taylor
The geeks of mobile, and especially the Windows Phone fans, are eagerly awaiting Microsoft's Cortana voice-controlled assistant. That's not only because it will finally be an answer to Google Now and Apple's Siri, so their friends with iPhones or Android handsets will have one less reason to brag, but also because Microsoft is big in artificial intelligence, voice recognition and simultaneous translation research.

Whether or not the amazing R&D demonstrations that you see in the embedded video below, will be transferred successfully to Cortana, remains to be seen, and likely very soon. Acclaimed leaker MSFTNerd hinted that it will arrive to Lumia devices in beta form some time in April, just as we heard. Actually that's when this year's Build conference will be held, so no wonder there will be new WP features presented, as well as the rumored Threshold UI for the Windows portfolio. 

Cortana, claims the source, will be voice-overed by Jen Taylor, who does the accent of the same character in the Halo franchise. It is also coming to the Bing app in iOS, Xbox One consoles, and, naturally, to Windows 9 "Threshold", when it hits your computer next spring. That's the timeframe also for Cortana to reach countries other than the US, as it will apparently launch in beta stateside only for this year. Some sample questions it will answer are below, evidently you will be able to make small talk, like with Google's or Apple's virtual assistants:

"Bing Tell Me .."
“.. will it rain today?”
“.. when’s my next meeting?”
“.. how do I get to the American Airlines Arena?”



source: MSFTNerd via WMPU

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posted on 16 Jan 2014, 04:11 8

1. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Sweet, can't wait!

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 10:16 6

16. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Bing tell me which OS is the best of them all ??
Ans :- Android !!

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 12:36 4

19. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


To each his own...

I don't spend a lot of time messing around with my phone, but to have a device and OS I can count on at any time is paramount. Windows Phone is easy to use, nice to look at, efficient, very stable, and has great core features built in, so I don't need to mess around with additional apps often. I think the only major things missing are: a more powerful integrated assistant, quick settings toggles, and a comprehensive notifications area (popular demand, though not 100% necessary with Live Tiles).

But yeah, Windows Phone is easily the best of them all -- for me.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 13:21 2

20. Liveitup (Posts: 1087; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Cortana for the Win.

Windows hone to me is the best OS of them all, this is like icing on the cake.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 04:24 1

2. Hammerfest (Posts: 368; Member since: 12 May 2012)


cant wait for its port over to Android (the V-O), may not like the game series, but the AI's always are WIN...

Id give my left nut for a CABAL or EVA voice assistant... C&C FTW!

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 04:41 5

3. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Only promising feature to look forward to in WP.
But, i highly prefer the name Cortana, than calling it Bing.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 05:19 5

6. Reality_Check (Posts: 262; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Exactly, they lost me at "Bing, tell me..." Cortana is way better.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 06:19 4

8. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Hopefully it will be user-selectable. I'd rather just say the command without saying "Bing" or "Cortana".

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:59 3

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Exactly... Now, it would be cool if the phone could recognize the name Cortana without us having to press any buttons.. O wouldn't mind saying it then... I wonder if this is what MS is planning.. They did say that this voice assistant was going to be worlds better than anything else as far as voice recognition goes..

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 04:48

24. JC557 (Posts: 986; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


It would be pretty cool to have cortana's face pop up on the ask screen when calling on the search. Then in the future it can be a hologram w/ almost real AI!

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 04:46 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2516; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I just love that Cortana name and that thumbnail pic of her. :)

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 04:51 1

5. DogeShibe (Posts: 188; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


wow contara,doge loves you :3

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 05:46 1

7. papss (unregistered)


I have high hopes for this service as its the one area that is really lackluster imo

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 06:41

9. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


windows make mobile phone operating systems ??????????????? Seriously ????????????WOW. and they even put a virtual assistant in it EISH............

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:10

22. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


what?!?

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 07:05 3

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Just another thing to make the already awesome WP experience even better.. I can't wait to see what other features WP 8.1 has to offer.. My 1520 is killer❕

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 07:07 1

11. Cod3rror (Posts: 58; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


"Bing tell me" !?

They couldn't call it something cooler? What happened to Cortana?

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 07:27 2

12. brrunopt (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


"voice-over done by Halo's Jen Taylor"

F*CK YES!!!!!!!!

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:14 4

13. Antimio (Posts: 177; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Cortana, wake me... at 5.10am tomorrow. LOL

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 09:15 4

15. Dastrix (Posts: 577; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Cortana is so sexy.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 10:56

17. 1701nino (Posts: 244; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


This is awesome,finally WP will be worth looking,i must say that google now is one of the features that "holds me" on android but after this who knows.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 12:12 1

18. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


What if I want to set an alarm? "Bing tell me set an alarm for 1PM tomorrow"... Doesn't really work for commands.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 17:22

21. xq10xa (Posts: 124; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Awesome move MS. Taking these steps a little too late IMO....but better late than never. Looking forward to this.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 12:06

23. Heritor (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


while i like my windows phone i do not think this will keep me. I never used Siri ever and I doubt i will like Siri.

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