'Bing tell me': Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to hit Lumias in April, voice-over done by Halo's Jen Taylor

'Bing tell me': Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to hit Lumias in April, voice-over done by Halo's Jen Taylor
The geeks of mobile, and especially the Windows Phone fans, are eagerly awaiting Microsoft's Cortana voice-controlled assistant. That's not only because it will finally be an answer to Google Now and Apple's Siri, so their friends with iPhones or Android handsets will have one less reason to brag, but also because Microsoft is big in artificial intelligence, voice recognition and simultaneous translation research.

Whether or not the amazing R&D demonstrations that you see in the embedded video below, will be transferred successfully to Cortana, remains to be seen, and likely very soon. Acclaimed leaker MSFTNerd hinted that it will arrive to Lumia devices in beta form some time in April, just as we heard. Actually that's when this year's Build conference will be held, so no wonder there will be new WP features presented, as well as the rumored Threshold UI for the Windows portfolio. 

Cortana, claims the source, will be voice-overed by Jen Taylor, who does the accent of the same character in the Halo franchise. It is also coming to the Bing app in iOS, Xbox One consoles, and, naturally, to Windows 9 "Threshold", when it hits your computer next spring. That's the timeframe also for Cortana to reach countries other than the US, as it will apparently launch in beta stateside only for this year. Some sample questions it will answer are below, evidently you will be able to make small talk, like with Google's or Apple's virtual assistants:




source: MSFTNerd via WMPU

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24 Comments

1. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Sweet, can't wait!

16. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Bing tell me which OS is the best of them all ?? Ans :- Android !!

19. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

To each his own... I don't spend a lot of time messing around with my phone, but to have a device and OS I can count on at any time is paramount. Windows Phone is easy to use, nice to look at, efficient, very stable, and has great core features built in, so I don't need to mess around with additional apps often. I think the only major things missing are: a more powerful integrated assistant, quick settings toggles, and a comprehensive notifications area (popular demand, though not 100% necessary with Live Tiles). But yeah, Windows Phone is easily the best of them all -- for me.

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Cortana for the Win. Windows hone to me is the best OS of them all, this is like icing on the cake.

2. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

cant wait for its port over to Android (the V-O), may not like the game series, but the AI's always are WIN... Id give my left nut for a CABAL or EVA voice assistant... C&C FTW!

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Only promising feature to look forward to in WP. But, i highly prefer the name Cortana, than calling it Bing.

6. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Exactly, they lost me at "Bing, tell me..." Cortana is way better.

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Hopefully it will be user-selectable. I'd rather just say the command without saying "Bing" or "Cortana".

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly... Now, it would be cool if the phone could recognize the name Cortana without us having to press any buttons.. O wouldn't mind saying it then... I wonder if this is what MS is planning.. They did say that this voice assistant was going to be worlds better than anything else as far as voice recognition goes..

24. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It would be pretty cool to have cortana's face pop up on the ask screen when calling on the search. Then in the future it can be a hologram w/ almost real AI!

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I just love that Cortana name and that thumbnail pic of her. :)

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

wow contara,doge loves you :3

7. papss unregistered

I have high hopes for this service as its the one area that is really lackluster imo

9. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

windows make mobile phone operating systems ??????????????? Seriously ????????????WOW. and they even put a virtual assistant in it EISH............

22. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

what?!?

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Just another thing to make the already awesome WP experience even better.. I can't wait to see what other features WP 8.1 has to offer.. My 1520 is killer❕

11. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

"Bing tell me" !? They couldn't call it something cooler? What happened to Cortana?

12. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"voice-over done by Halo's Jen Taylor" F*CK YES!!!!!!!!

13. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Cortana, wake me... at 5.10am tomorrow. LOL

15. Dastrix unregistered

Cortana is so sexy.

17. 1701nino unregistered

This is awesome,finally WP will be worth looking,i must say that google now is one of the features that "holds me" on android but after this who knows.

18. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

What if I want to set an alarm? "Bing tell me set an alarm for 1PM tomorrow"... Doesn't really work for commands.

21. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Awesome move MS. Taking these steps a little too late IMO....but better late than never. Looking forward to this.

23. Heritor

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

while i like my windows phone i do not think this will keep me. I never used Siri ever and I doubt i will like Siri.

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