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Cortana can tell you the time worldwide and compute currency calculations

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Cortana turns U.S. dollars into British Pound

As the days go on, Cortana users learn more and more about the things that the personal assistant can accomplish. Some of these features are admittedly already available from Siri and Google Now. But Cortana users might not have thought about asking Cortana to handle these tasks. For example, let's say you are sitting in your living room in Orlando, Florida and you want to call your buddy Jean in Paris. Of course, you don't want to call at the wrong time and wake up your friend. So you can ask Cortana for the time in Paris and know for sure if it is okay to make that call.

Another task that Cortana can accomplish, is the conversion of currency. Let's say you were offered a job that pays 1 million Japanese Yen. You might think that you've become a millionaire. But before you start bragging to friends and family, you should ask Cortana to convert Yen into Dollars. Perhaps you didn't know that currency fluctuates. Ask Cortana to convert 1 million Yen into U.S. Dollars and you will find out that your job is actually paying you under $9600.

Siri and Google Now have both been able to handle world time and currency conversions. But Windows Phone users have no reason to be jealous. After all, Cortana can handle the exact same tasks.

source: WPCentral          

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posted on 01 Sep 2014, 16:22

1. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 61; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Yeah but she still cant show me master chief's face!

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 21:19 4

14. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


She can tell why and how Android sucks though.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 08:31

17. vladislavvaz (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 May 2014)


google can do the same but in non assisted manner... just google why windows suck and you'll have it.. :P

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 16:38

2. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yeah but can she tell me why kids love cinnamon toast crunch?

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 17:46 3

3. T.Law (Posts: 243; Member since: 10 May 2014)


Just playing catch-up.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:05 3

4. AlikMalix (Posts: 391; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


A few more additions to a great list of capabilities isn't catching up. I love Siri and I use for 80% of actions or initiating features. And I've tried google now on sgs5, even though google now as a great entry for google's assistant, cortana seems to be better from what I've seen, even better than Siri in some ways. If only WP had the backing of all the third party apps like iOS and android does.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:13 2

5. AlikMalix (Posts: 391; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Anyway, there's no reason to diss on a product for last minute improvement.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:19 2

6. Awalker (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


That's a lot of time spent talking to your phone. Other than the information already posted on Google Now I use it very infrequently.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:31

15. T.Law (Posts: 243; Member since: 10 May 2014)


And from what you've seen, how is it better than Google Now?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 13:48

21. torch4x4 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)


I noticed 2 thinks better than Google Now, predictions during the world cup Cortana was wrong on 1 game, Google Now was wrong in 2 games... Cortana is going to predict the NFL games, yesterday was right.
The 2nd thing is the lack of personality on Google Now, Cortana souns more natural and Google now sounds more robotic.
On results and features are on par.. with some diferences...

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:52

7. AlikMalix (Posts: 391; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


What information? How long it's going to take to get home? iOS does that too. Besides, I like Google Now. I like how it spells out what you're saying. I like many features that google now has. I'm not dissing it. I just prefer to use Siri on iOS than Google Now on Android. Nothing wrong with google now.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:13 2

9. Awalker (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


How long it takes to get home. How long it takes to get to work. The weather; calendar appointments; scores from sports I follow; restaurants in the area; Information about television shows I follow; news stories it thinks will interest me. There's miscellaneous information about deliveries on the way and flight information. Even if it didn't give me this information I don't see myself talking to my phone on a constant basis. It just looks stupid to me when other people do it so I rarely do it.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:32 1

10. AlikMalix (Posts: 391; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I do not "talk to my phone" consistantly, but I use it to call, text, open apps, get info, set up reservations (I'm married, lol), find my wife, find my friends, calculations, weather, typical things, I'd use Google Now for. I can set it up to give me that information at a glance as well, like you said "The weather; calendar appointments; scores from sports I follow; restaurants in the area; Information about television shows I follow; news stories it thinks will interest me. There's miscellaneous information about deliveries on the way and flight information"- it's all there in notifications on the lock screen... I'm talking about actions that go beyond typical information.

Look, I was just debating to post #3. I hate when people say stuff like "Cortana is playing catch-up", when on the contrary Cortana is quite a capable challenger to the other big two assistants. Each have something that others don't. I haven't had the opportunity to play with Cortana, but I've seen comparisons - that software is not "playing catch-up" other than coming late to the game, but S-Voice has been around for a while and it's no where near Siri, or Google Now. It's on par with iOS voice control I had with my old 3GS with iOS3 in 2009.

Bottom line, windows is late to the game, but it's doing exceptional job keeping up....

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 21:01 1

11. Awalker (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Microsoft had the advantage of seeing what was already done in the space. Cortana seems like a mishmash of both Google Now and Siri. I'm not sure what Samsung is doing though. There's a couple of voice assistants apps in the Play Store. They should just purchase one of them.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:38

16. T.Law (Posts: 243; Member since: 10 May 2014)


Bottom line, windows is late to the game, but it's doing "exceptional job" CATCHING UP! That's what you do when you're late in the game. They are not bringing anything new to the table, they're just trying to offer things competitors already have for years now.
I've been using WP for past few years so I know what I'm talking about.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 14:12

22. torch4x4 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)


Certainly MS is late but is right in some points, you cannot conplain on WP Cameras, or in Cortana there's no way to think that the others are better than cortana, you can go to youtube and watch a lot of comparisons, all of the personal asistans with diferences and all of them with better results than each other... catching up?? all of them are based on old Artificial Inteligence code but now they are coming with voice...

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:00

8. Penny (Posts: 1138; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Lol at the last two sentences of the article. Bait much?

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 21:02

12. theguy2345 (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Honestly, I find all these virtual assistants pointless. I messed around with Cortana, but got bored of her in a couple days. I just find it easier to go into the phone and do it myself

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 21:11

13. Awalker (Posts: 281; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I feel the same way. It's easier to go into the apps.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 21:28

19. elitewolverine (Posts: 1541; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Remind me geolocation stuff is what I use the most or reminders when I talk to certain people I don't talk to everyday. Messages when driving etc. It is more than just talking to you're phone.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 08:59

18. janno (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)


Wow. Such innovation. Much features.

Seriously? It tells you the time? Dafaq?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 13:42

20. torch4x4 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)


Those are old news, cortana has been doing this sice the 1st day, is on par with Google Now even if is in Beta and it's better than Siri, and for conversions and everything else also works with context:

me - "how is the weather?"
Cortana - is currently 64
me - in toronto
Cortana - 79 and cloudy
me - in celsius
Cortana - here is in celsius 26

The difference with Google Now is tha Cortana has personality and you can ask "whould you marry me?" but that is so stupid, personality is better to sound less robotic.

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