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Windows Phone Cortana will have personality, but you will have control

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Windows Phone Cortana will have personality, but you will have control
Throughout the life of Windows Phone, Microsoft has obviously been trying to toe the line between the wide-open possibilities of Android and the curated and controlled world of iOS. Windows Phone gives users and developers more customization and control than iOS, but not nearly as much as Android. And, a new report about Cortana, the virtual assistant coming with Windows Phone 8.1, shows that Microsoft is continuing to toe that line.

According to The Verge, Cortana will have personality just like Apple's Siri and it will have the intelligent push and learning of Google Now, but it will also give you more control over what information you share with it. We've seen video before that has shown Cortana to be a circular icon, but the new information says that the Cortana icon will take the accent color of your Windows Phone setup and it will be animated, meaning it can smile or frown depending on context. These animations will combine with a conversational tone from Cortana to give it more personality, much like Apple's Siri. 

Cortana will be able to call you by name and it will learn from your usage things like where you live, where you work, and what interests you have. All of this information will be stored in the Notebook, which is where you will be able to review the information that Cortana knows about you, and control that information. You will be able to review information before it is stored, and remove or edit anything that is in your Notebook. You will also be able to limit Cortana's access to things like your email, calendar, contacts, or location data. 

If you do share location data and other info, Cortana will be able to give you suggestions, alerts, and reminders on a range of topics, including weather, stocks, directions, appointments, and music. It will even be able to manage do-not-disturb times to mute notifications, and provide exceptions for contacts that are in your Inner Circle. Interestingly, Cortana will supposedly completely replace the Bing Search app, much like Google Now essentially replaced the Google Search app in all but name. You will be able to ask Cortana questions and issue commands as you might expect.

All of that sounds pretty impressive, assuming it can deliver on the promise. Understanding natural language is a very complex job, but Microsoft does have experience with voice command from its Xbox Kinect. We're certainly excited to see what Cortana can do. It will be coming as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update, which is due to be released in the summer with a developer preview in April. If you want to know anything else about the Windows Phone 8.1 update, we've gathered the info into a huge post which you can find here.

source: The Verge

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posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:04 10

1. akki20892 (Posts: 2677; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


good good......ms going well.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:07 1

2. hmd74 (Posts: 219; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


jalal khalegh :O
Che khoshgele :D

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:24 4

6. emadshiny (Posts: 1089; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Agree,
She is cute!

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 00:02

25. dratomic (Posts: 335; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


are khoob kosiye :)))

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 05:19

26. shahrooz (Posts: 86; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


lol guys!
kortanae dige too baziye halo

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:13 6

3. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I do play Halo, at times, quite a bit...I hope Microsoft can be innovative with Cortana and bring her out as a hologram emitting from a smartphone, with the next software upgrade...

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:14 4

4. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Cortana, call me Master Chief.....

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:14 8

5. xq10xa (Posts: 104; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


They are really moving along quite nicely. It seems like momentum is picking up. Still catching up to Android but it really feels like they are making great progress. Better late than never and if they keep going they will gather more fans. I see a bright future....good job MS.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:25 5

7. AfterShock (Posts: 1289; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Agreed, well said.
MS might get its mojo back in the course of the year.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:49 5

12. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Honestly I have an android smartphone, tablet, etc. but I really have to give credit to Microsoft for catching up fast in terms of the quality of their software and services.

I know people love to bash Bing, but having recently trying it myself after much doubting, I find their services across the board to be generally on par and even better in some ways. (I like Bing's language translator and image search more)

In terms of functionality most of Microsoft's services are not behind at all. I think the controversial UI design of Windows 8 caused people to think it had inferior features, although now I realize that is not true.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 17:37 1

14. xq10xa (Posts: 104; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I agree. The services are not behind. I like the UI for desktop. Sometimes I like the UI for WP8 but I really prefer the PC look for Windows 8 tiles. I think people just don't like the big huge squares. I think if they gave it the Windows 8 tile look...like the Surface RT but the look on a phone. That would be awesome.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:32 2

8. UglyFrank (Posts: 175; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I guess it is easy to make a voice assistant when you can handpick features from other software

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:06 13

9. papss (Posts: 3445; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You should make one since its so easy

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:43 1

19. elitewolverine (Posts: 653; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You mean software that they have pioneered for decades? You do know MS voice services has been used before android even took fruit in lab...'98 I believe was the year. To lazy to look it up right now

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:57 1

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Dude? Seriously let's be honest right now, while I don't think they are riping of androids/iOS ideas I think there are taking decent hints from them, your "pioneer project" was probably a joke ms forgot about because hardware and software where not there. I think credit should go where it deserves to go

Just so you know your avegare smartphone is 4 times faster than your avegarr windows 98 PC

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:10 2

10. brrunopt (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Can't for the new wave of devices coming with 8.1, i'm in need of a upgrade...

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:26 2

11. Credo (Posts: 677; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I've noticed that those Android and iOS fanboys/users aren't reacting anymore like earlier. Good job guys, i love peace :)

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 17:38 2

15. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Maybe because they all like looking at Cortana...

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 20:01

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I see what you did there

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 22:40

24. lyndon420 (Posts: 1642; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Actually yeah...you nailed it bud lol. The pic of the blue hued chick was the main reason for me stopping by this article. I had to give the endless supply of porn my Android allows me to enjoy a much needed break...so I came here - pun intended ;-)

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:53 2

13. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


Looking good! I just hope that her voice will be included in this to make it perfect.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 17:39 3

16. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I hear with the 8.2 upgrade that she will pop out of the phone without any clothes on...

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 18:01

17. hurrycanger (Posts: 620; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Some will appreciate it so much, while the others will die instantly because of heart attack.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 18:35 1

18. papss (Posts: 3445; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Ha! That had me laughing... That would be sweet though..

wife walks in... What she's not real babe.. She means nothing to me.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:44

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 653; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Already confirmed I though that her voice was the voice of the assistant

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 20:01

22. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I want them to have the option to use the animated character from the game, not a blue smiley-face ball.

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