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Cortana arrives... in Bing personalization settings

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Cortana arrives... in Bing personalization settings
It is an open secret that Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant will be the star of the show for Windows Phone 8.1, which is expected to be announced at the opening event for Microsoft's Build conference in about an hour. Cortana will have connections to all of Microsoft's online services, and may even replace the Bing app on Windows Phone, so it's not surprising that the first bit of Cortana to break cover is in Bing.

If you go to the Bing personalization settings in your desktop browser, you'll notice that Cortana has been added to the list of services like Bing Apps and Bing Services that can personalize your experience (aka services that will track your data and learn from your usage, in case you're anxious about privacy.) Cortana even gets its own setting under the heading "Other Cortana data", which reads:

To provide personalized recommendations, we upload some info from your Windows Phone, such as your calendar, contacts, location, and browsing history. If you clear this info, Microsoft may be temporarily unable to provide these recommendations.

There is also an option to clear this data. As we already know from various breakdowns of Windows Phone 8.1, there will be much more granular control over this data on your smartphone. WP8.1 will offer a feature called your Notebook, where you will be able to control what data Cortana tracks, what information is added, and you can remove specific data whenever you want. 

The livestream is starting in just under an hour, so we'll be getting the full story soon enough. Anyone out there excited for Cortana?

Cortana arrives... in Bing personalization settings

source: Bing Settings via WMPU

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:52

1. pookiewood (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Cortana be like, "I'm here 'natches!"

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:55

2. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


While this is cool, lots of people do not use these functions on smartphones, but, hey, having the option is always nice...especially if it is Cortana...nicer to look at than Siri...LMAO

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:14

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1896; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Not bad, but once again, it needs to get here fast because they're already behind on features even after 7 years of the competition being available to copy from.

Also, damn, what were they smoking with the name Bing. Even after years of hearing it I just can't seem to like it or even tolerate it.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:24

4. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I hope every improvement for WP goes into Windows 8 as well (and at the same time). In time, they can offer seamless integration on computer and mobile devices (and using the cloud of course).

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