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Microsoft: No personal assistant for Windows Phone until it is revolutionary

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Microsoft: No personal assistant for Windows Phone until it is revolutionary
If Windows Phone 8 is going to continue to make a move and compete with iOS and Android, there are many out there who believe that the platform will have to include a voice activated personal assistant like Siri or Google Now. Stefan Weitz, senior director for Bing, apparently feels that a Windows Phone version of the pair will have to have more capabilities than either personal assistant. "Siri and Google Now have a fairly shallow understanding of the world," says the executive.

According to Weitz, Siri or Google Now are great if you need to find the starting time of a movie or the directions to an eatery, but fail when it comes to purchasing a new hard drive or finding out the circumference of Lake Erie. While Siri and Google Now both get their information from many sources, Google Now also can look into your calendar and email (with your permission, of course) to send you timely information such as traffic for the commute home, or information about a topic you recently showed interest in finding out about online. Google Now will also keep you up to date on flight departures and arrivals.

Weitz states that Microsoft has had internal discussions about offering a similar feature for Windows Phone 8, but the overall feeling was that any such feature for Windows Phone that was offered now would not be state-of-the-art. Weitz summed up the feelings inside Redmond about a Siri/Google Now function for Windows Phone when he said, "We are not shipping until we have something more revolutionary than evolutionary."

source: CNET

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posted on 30 Jul 2013, 15:29 9

1. tech2 (Posts: 1780; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


One of the 41 reasons to buy a Windows Phone, folks ! ;)

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 15:35 12

3. Feanor (Posts: 293; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


? for not being able to compete?

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 21:51 3

18. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


In WP , we cant add a no. in between the numbers in the dailer. very basic , but MS still couldn't add it. and i cant believe ppl saying WP8 is revolutionary , blindly. better buy a symbian mobile than wp8. cheaper and better !!!

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 23:33

22. tech2 (Posts: 1780; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


You completely ruined my sarcasm :'(

Any-who, it was a word play between Nokia's marketing brags about 41 reasons to buy a Nokia 1020 with 41 MP camera, over any other device and Windows Phone's stubbornness to innovate.

i.e. let Nokia do the heavy lifting of innovation, whereas Microsoft to come up with excuses for their subpar OS

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 17:48 3

10. Mr-Robert (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


One of 40 reasons not to buy a Windows Phone, folks! Except one reasons " Camera "

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 20:24 4

15. akki20892 (Posts: 3251; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia better change CEO then change os, switch to android damn it. We all are waiting to see that movement Nokia.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 15:35 9

2. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Windows phone and playing catch up go hand in hand... MS just tries to find excuses to play catch up... and it's fans keep using yesterday's software....

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 15:35 2

4. frustyak (Posts: 141; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


Translated: If we did it now we'd suck at it. We'll wait until Apple and Google finish doing the heavy lifting of perfecting the technology, then swoop in and take credit for it.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 15:45 11

6. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Actually no. If you look at the kinds of innovations coming out of Microsoft Research you'd be pretty impressed. It's just that a lot of what is shown never really gets made into a product for them.

Don't doubt their ability to compete, especially when it comes to things like this. They have have neural network structures for R&D purposes that rivals IBM, Google etc.

Actually, if you look at Microsoft's R&D budget, it's been historically a top spender for a long time.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 19:08 1

13. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Just because they have a lot of money doesn't mean they can make good products.

Sorry fanboys WP8 has crap features compared to Android.

Xbox One is in the same boat, Sony has a way lower budget but their system is superior and will sell better.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 22:25 2

20. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Did I say that they make better or worse products? I'm just saying, they have the money to invest and create cool things -- things that don't make it out of the lab, usually.

I never said innovation is success. Innovation is innovation -- it doesn't mean success or failure... just something new. And yes, if there is any company out there that has really been innovating, Microsoft is that company. Is it successful innovation? Maybe not -- not on the consumer product side at least... but is it innovation? Yep. And tons of it.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 23:45 4

23. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


+1 to you sir. At least someone here talks with more knowledge of what he's talking about.

You see, if microsoft did a voice assistant that's not competitive, it would be bad for the growing platform. You dont want a half baked software do you? *ehem apple maps*.

Also, I see voice assistant as overrated feature. Do you usually see someone use their siri? I think not. Me, I use google now every other time but type the things I want to search.

If ms wants to, it could make it happen. Let's not forget that it's the biggest software company. It has all the knowledge it needs.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 15:49 2

7. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


MS doesn't swoop in and take the credit for stuff, That would be Apple. They may come in later and do it different. Usually it turns out better than the others. I'm sure that they would rather present a useful product instead of some gimmicky, snarky assistant.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 15:36

5. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


They have a voice recognition search.. just doesnt talk back to you (Unless it doesn't understand you).. long story short it functions the same, just does interact with you. I find its better than Siri or Google searches.. but still not worth the effort to use.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 16:04 7

8. karim77 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Sounds like he is talking in apple language And i mean this by the word "Revolutionary"

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 16:15 5

9. PK1983 (Posts: 164; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Translation: Microsoft does not feel the need to spend money on something that is expected of us. Instead we will take that money and continue to stage rigged "Beat by Windows Phone Events" and push up the release of Windows Blue from 7 months to 6 all the while not including a start button. In addition we also plan to release more Windows RT products even though they are functionally useless even compared to functionally inferior full line product.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 18:04 4

11. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Circumference of Lake Erie is far more important than directions to restaurants, yep. After reading that, nothing they can say for a while will be taken seriously.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 18:14

12. AfterShock (Posts: 2106; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Thanks for coming out MS.

It's OK, we know your hobbled by lack of, but we still love to see you and your Kin come out.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 19:47

14. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Revolutionary my @$$...if this is what MS feel...then why you released windows phone and RT os!

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 21:12 1

16. lovefist (unregistered)


In short.. We got boat loads if money for r&d but we still havent cracked how this things work.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 21:25

17. sprockkets (Posts: 1077; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"According to Weitz, Siri or Google Now are great if you need to find the starting time of a movie or the directions to an eatery, but fail when it comes to purchasing a new hard drive or finding out the circumference of Lake Erie."

Uses google now, finds answer in results on screen. I call BS on you Microsoft rep.

Who the bleep would use a personal assistant to purchase a hard drive anyhow?

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 21:55

19. xosman (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Why you all begging NOKIA to make an android devices they can't why?
There is three big companies after sammy htc.lg.zte tell me if nokia can compete with these!

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 22:40

21. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Companies rise and fall all the time. When Android started there was only HTC making the G1, then basically the Hero. At which point Moto entered the mix with the Droid.
If Samsung (and the others) had followed your advice because HTC and Moto basically owned the Android market at the time they wouldn't find themselves in the position they're in now.
No Experia, no Optimus, No G, no Ascend, no Galaxy, no Note... none of those series would have existed if someone else didn't throw their hat in the ring.

If there is market demand for an Android flavored Nokia handset, perhaps they should listen.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 08:15

26. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


You should Google the history of Nokia, after reading your comment it's apparent you know nothing of their past records.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 00:53 1

24. crusher (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


MS already has a very good voice assistant on xbox/kinect which is equivalent to Siri/google now so i dont agree that they cant do nonsense, i hope they really launch a game changer, i hardly see any of one using siri/google now its more of a gimmick than a personal assistant

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 02:35 1

25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2337; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


PA please bring back Thumbs down button...

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 12:01

27. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 825; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Gotta admit, WP's voice recognition sucks compared to Android. Its awesome to not have to touch your phone while driving but what good is that if the software can't get what you're saying. Its also dumb how the speech to text and Bluetooth speech to text produce such different results. What the heck is Belfiore doing over there? Does anyone at MSFT actually use these phones to the fullest?

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 13:03

28. lansky1213 (Posts: 11; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


I agree with MS! Siri is just dumb! Google now is cool for certain things but not a must have. MS shouldn't do it until they come up with something better and more useful features

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