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Cortana was almost named Alyx

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Cortana was almost named Alyx
Marcus Ash, Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, recently found himself at the center of a controversy. The other day, he said that Microsoft would allow its virtual voice activated assistant Cortana, to be used on other platforms like iOS and Android. Windows Phone users were not terribly happy with the news., wondering how Microsoft could talk about letting Cortana out to play with the competition when so much work was still needed to have the program running perfectly on Windows Phone 8.1.

At the same time, Windows Phone fans felt put out that the company was already talking about letting its two biggest OS rivals use Cortana. The very next day, Ash quickly backpedaled, saying that Microsoft's focus with Cortana is still Windows Phone.

On Monday, Ash took advantage of his new found celebrity by passing along a little tidbit of information. Before being named Cortana, Microsoft had a short list of possible names for its virtual personal assistant. One of the names on the list was Alyx Vance. The latter is a character from the game, Half Life 2. But after scanning social media, and seeing how people warmly greeted leaks giving out Cortana as the name of Windows Phone 8.1's virtual assistant, Microsoft decided to go with the Halo character.

Windows Phone 8.1's virtual assistant was almost named Alyx

Windows Phone 8.1's virtual assistant was almost named Alyx


source: @marcusash via WinBeta

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posted on 17 Jun 2014, 03:38 20

1. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Thanks for listening Microsoft. Cortana was the best choice.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 05:29 4

2. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


really, its much better...

its good to see microsoft listening...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:04

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Great!!! Cortana sounds best...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:10

6. adecvat (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


But Cortana Beta not so good.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 14:42

7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3715; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


A better Microsoft's virtual assistant would be "Elop". Now this sort of assistant we would know is capable of larger scale accomplishments:

"Elop, infiltrate Nokia, cripple them, and arrange for the company to be sold to us"

"Elop, waste money faster"

"Elop, delay product launches"

"Elop, make Frankenstein Android + Microsoft phone"

"Elop, throw iPhone across room"

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 15:53 2

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Ah man! Not this BS again!

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:40

11. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


That's what spermdroido do best. Like their preferred OS they bring spam and viruses to take over

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 00:25

13. volcano (Posts: 267; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


and what exactly google did to motorola? devided the company into two, failed to do anything useful with it, keeps motorola patents, then sell them to the first buyer for the cheapest price

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 16:28

9. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Well yes, but HL2 is better that any halo games and I know this really doesnt matter

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 17:22

10. Run.n.Gun (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Halo Rulezzz

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:43

12. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


LOL right, you and fat azz Gabe need to stop drinking and get off the couch for some clarity

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