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Windows Phone Cortana voice assistant shown in brief new video

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Windows Phone Cortana voice assistant shown in brief new video
The general rumor mill has known for a while that Microsoft is working on a voice assistant similar to Google Now and Siri for its Windows Phone platform, and the recent news has said it is codenamed Cortana after the computer AI in the Halo game series. Now, there is a brief new video that allegedly shows off the Windows Phone voice assistant in action.

Unfortunately, the video is pretty terrible quality. Whoever shot it didn't get the entire device screen in the video, and even worse is that the person couldn't even turn off the Netsky track that is playing, which makes it difficult to hear what the device is saying although it appears to be giving some sort of navigation instructions. There are bits that do make it look and sound like Windows Phone though. The dings that alert the beginning and end of a voice action match the sounds that you would get in Windows Phone, the typography also looks like the Segoe font that is the main hallmark of the Metro UI. 

In the end, there isn't a lot to even confirm that this is real; and, if it is real there isn't much to show off what to expect from Cortana. The rumors have said that it will be released in April with Windows Phone 8.1, and the voice will be Jen Taylor who voiced Cortana in the video games. As far as functionality, it has been said that the voice assistant will be able to answer questions you'd expect like search queries, appointments, navigation, etc., and offer voice unlock, but we don't know much beyond that. 


source: @WPLeaker via WMPU

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posted on 26 Jan 2014, 10:07 20

1. ryan5609 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


The background music makes it so much easier to hear. Remember to always blast background music when recording from a different source.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 11:02 10

3. Commentator (Posts: 2387; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm sure MS will work out the bugs. I can't imagine that background music will be in the final product.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:45 1

10. the_best (Posts: 134; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


haha =)

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 11:26 1

7. Liveitup (Posts: 1174; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Its a leaked video not an official one.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 12:25

14. RandomUsername (Posts: 452; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Was that music?

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 10:08 16

2. akki20892 (Posts: 3418; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Video is horrible. Can't hear cortana. Just hear music.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 11:04 1

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


You can't tell much from that

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 11:23 2

5. lalalaman (Posts: 342; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Yes it is cortana...no doubt....wpcentral posted and article 2 weeks ago which told that cortana will be a blue bouncing ball with expression as HALO game server and thats what we see....

To be honest I'm really excited for wp 8.1 update....I wish it is beyond my expectations as ms has taken so much time for this update:)

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 11:25 2

6. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


they always take time over updates!!

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:02 2

8. Credo (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Way too much ;-)

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:03 1

9. Credo (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I'm wondering why WPCentral isn't making an article about this video, if this is real they would have already made an article about this... I believe what you say about the article 2 weeks ago but it's kind of strange they yet haven't posted it ...

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 14:45

11. hurrycanger (Posts: 1066; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


The voice sounds robotic but cool. That blue face is creepy though.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 15:49

12. hurrycanger (Posts: 1066; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I'm talking about the face in the video.
Not the article photo

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:39 1

13. volcano (Posts: 252; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


fake all photos, videos shared on wpleaker twitter account FAKE ... according to tom warren from theverge as he claim seeing wp8.1 multiple times

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 15:20

15. Credo (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Daniel Rubino also told me that it is a fake one

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