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Microsoft showcases Cortana's capabilities in a new video, reminds you to have fun

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Microsoft showcases Cortana's capabilities in a new video, reminds you to have fun

As Windows Phone 8.1 is slowly rolling out, Microsoft's voice assistant – Cortana – is also making its way to Nokia Lumia devices that are eligible for said firmware update. However, it's only available in the US. Unsurprisingly, Redmond's take on Apple's Siri and Google Now was quite anticipated by the die-hard fans of Windows Phone. Well, Cortana is already here (be patient if it hasn't arrived yet), so Microsoft wants to make sure that WP users are familiar with its capabilities and use them accordingly.

Thus, Redmond released a brief “educational” video, centered around Cortana's skills, which will undoubtedly come in pretty handy to the users of the update mobile OS. The video reveals that “she” (as Microsoft refers to its voice assistant) will not only answer your questions, but will also keep tabs on your interests and preferences, thus creating a more personal experience. While pretty adequate, this is not as impressive as Redmond's plans to endow Cortana with rather curious deep-learning and recognition functionalities. Oh, and let's not forget about the almost-perfect guessing streak!

Without further ado, check out Microsoft's video below.



source: Windows Phone via WPCentral

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posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:40 1

1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I believe and heard and seen, that Cortana is actually better than Google and Siri....?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 07:20

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


Cortana FTW. Google is best.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 07:37 2

6. Ashoaib (Posts: 2423; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


seems MS is putting alot of efforts behind cortina... thats not bad

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 08:16 2

9. ihavenoname (Posts: 1518; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Cortana powered by Google would be awesome.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 08:12 2

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 2046; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I have used all 3 side by side, they all have their strengths but it really comes down to, how will you use it.

With Cortana I use it for geo based reminders all the time.

Example: "when I visit the store, remind me to pickup ..." and low and behold when I get to the store (either the one saved or the one I choose which comes in handy) it dings. This comes in handy cause I don't get the ding to pick up pet food when I hit my grocery store, cause it knows I set the store to petsmart.

I also use it to set person reminders, like I forget tons when I talk to the fiancé, so when I need to remember something, a simple, "When I call (nickname) remind me about ...."

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:43

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


I want to get in on some cortana love. Release a new high end phone Microsoft and I may get one to try

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:46 3

3. tech2 (Posts: 2432; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Glad MS at least didn't fire Cortana.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 07:22

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


Oh, c'mon, Cortana came just now. :)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 07:37

7. Ashoaib (Posts: 2423; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


haha.... yeah! certainly they didnt fire cortana

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 09:20 1

10. ady_lad (Posts: 75; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)


Cortana, remind next time when i see Elop to kick him in the face...

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 09:38 1

12. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I'm with you
To

Punch it the face

Pos killed my beloved Nokia 8800 series

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 09:27 1

11. Settings (Posts: 695; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Cortana can read aloud my texts. A thing Google Now and Siri cant do. I can reply or call back just by dictating to her, without touching my phone.
Also when you send a text with time in it, she asks if you want to set an appointment. How nifty.
The best part is, most of her activities can be done offline.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 11:53

13. erikiksaz (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Google Now "What's up?" and it'll read all of your texts out loud.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 05:54

14. Tumaini (Posts: 24; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


My next love is Cortana....take off ur clothes!..................it's bed time! Hahaha.. Nokia ,u the #Best

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