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Cortana appears on video, promises to "make life a bit easier for you"

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A video of Microsoft's virtual, voice-activated personal assistant for Windows Phone, Cortana, shows off Redmond's Siri and Google Now challenger. The video shows how a Windows Phone 8.1 user will have to agree to allow Cortana to look at their email, browser and search history, text messages and calendar. The next step is to use a Microsoft Account to sign in.

The video shows Cortana pinned to a Live Tile on the Start screen. When first activated, the virtual assistant asks what name you want to be called. Cortana also asks what the most enjoyable parts of the user's everyday evenings are and also asks some questions about food. There are also some other questions asked including one about what topics you like to read about. This is done so that Cortana knows a little about the phone's owner before it is put to use.

Characterized by a circular icon, Cortana asks "What can I help you with?" when activated. The video also shows that Cortana will also house a new feature called Quiet Hours which allows the virtual assistant to handle calls and texts while you're sleeping, or have a meeting scheduled on your calendar. The clip unfortunately did not show the virtual assistant answering a question or responding to a command.

Keep in mind that this may not be the final build of Cortana, which is part of the Windows Phone 8.1 package expected to be revealed at Microsoft's Build Conference early next month.

source: UnleashThePhones via Engadget

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posted on 04 Mar 2014, 15:36 8

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2286; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


posted on 04 Mar 2014, 15:37 9

2. papss (unregistered)

Fraking right❕ this is my most wanted feature of 8.1

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 17:41 6

14. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Indeed, mine too. I think it is easily the most significant new feature in WP 8.1 based on all the leaks so far.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 18:28 6

15. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

This is what I call fully capable voice assistant.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 15:39 8

3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

this guy dont know how to demonstrate, wtf.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 16:15 3

6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Maybe he wanted to leak just enough for now.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 15:42 2

4. TheWolfpacker (Posts: 44; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

Absorb my internet

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 16:14 2

5. YourNightmare (Posts: 32; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)

Hahaha nice one, I loved it in the end how he could choose between going to bed or getting the F drunk... This will be just perfect for me xDD

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 16:18 1

7. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

I didnt really see anything amazing. I was waiting for something to happen and it didnt.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 17:40 1

13. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

I know, where's that flying elephant I was expecting?! I thought this was supposed to be amazing?

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 16:40

8. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

The options in cortana looks like that of Sims 3.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 16:49 1

9. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)

Better than Siri without it even talking to you. My iphone may have Siri but I don't like it as much as one of my favorite xbox game halo!

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 16:52

10. TheWolfpacker (Posts: 44; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

Wheres Rodeye at? He needs to see this!

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 17:10 10

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Lol!! Already seen this on the most trusted site for WP news,,, WPCentral.. Pretty much the same story...
Either way WP8.1-0xxxx is just as good as iO7, and Android 4.4, if not better...

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 16:55

11. iMemo (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)

What the heck was that guy doing... He couldn't even make any command.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 19:48

16. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

From HTC One to Cortana, the leakers are not doing a very good job.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:33 4

17. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

This is a colossal feature for most power users, and even some mild users! Bring on 8.1

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:44 3

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

My only concern is are store representatives going to know about this huge update that is too bring WP in direct line with iOS, and Android... What is MS, and Nokia, going to due to let the world know about this update... And, what are they going to do to change the viewpoint of store sales associates so that they start recommending WP devices...
So, my point is that store associates should be thinking that WP8 is what it is, but now WP8.1 is much better, and not only improved, but on the level.......
I know no OS has ever had a commercial advertising directly a software update, but in this case I think MS should heavily advertise that WP8.1 is the new, and much improved, version... I seriously think this is necessary..
After all, I've always been the one to preach that WP's issue isn't apps, or features, hardware specs, or design.............. WP's issue isn't WP! No!... It's AWARENESS, AND MARKETING!... SO, NO MATTER HOW BIG, AND GOOD, THE WP8.1 UPDATE IS IT STILL WILL NOT MATTER IF NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT IT!....

Well, It'll matter to me... :-)

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:48 2

19. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

definitely agree. 100%

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:50 1

20. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Agree Rodney ;-) They need a better marketing team, look at Apple and Samsung, they have a very good marketing team, they do that very well, that is their key to succes :)

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 22:11 1

21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Not that I think market share numbers mean that a OS is better, but if MS wants more developers in board then they need to fork out the big $$ on marketing.... Sadly, for WP, because of it's position and timing, nothing les than Billions worldwide is going to be sufficient... But, if they expect to have companies like Acer, who refuse to build off WP, to cooperate quicker then they need to finally do what they need to do... That should've been a 1520 in Ellen's hand!... That special section, with the exclusive display in at&t should be filled with Lumia devices, not iPhones.... Strictly Lumia kiosk should be in every shopping centre, malls, and at as many major events as possible... MS needs to set up small in house promotion office's in every major city that can seek out major events and responsible for plastering WP all over buildings downtown, and at concerts... In other words WP marketing should be it's own division within itself.. Lol!... Might sound crazy, but think.. Android is gonna have 90% of the market, and WP is struggling to break 5%... Without all of the crazy things I mentioned it almost seems like a lost cause when you look at it that way....
Heck, get me on the phone with that new CEO dude, Sochi Ballmer, or whoever he is.. I'll tell him what the real deal is....!!!!

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 22:19 1

22. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

I do agree with everything you said, it sounds indeed crazy, but they need to do this, and i also don't believe that the OS with the greatest marketshare is the best OS .... Android just got lucky to grow without WP .. It's the same as Windows on PC's, they never got that much competition, and it was an OS found on pretty much every Computer, PC, Laptop etc ... This is exactly the position of Android, every OEM is making Android phone's and before Windows Phone there was only Android on all the major phones, and only 2 iOS device's ...

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:12

24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


posted on 05 Mar 2014, 10:17

23. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

Yes, it may be a leak. But that might be the worst demo video I have ever seen. Does Cortana talk? Does that guy talk? How does it handle voice recognition? I think everyone wanted to at least hear Cortana say something. But whatever, leaks are seldom very good quality anything, so I guess its about what I expect.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:16

25. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

If it makes you feel better,,I'll tell you what.. If Cortana turns out to be capable of answering incoming calls for me then I'll give you my 1520.... Better?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:12

26. LuckyS (Posts: 154; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

Tasker + Autovoice + Google Now API integration in Xposed installer. Never heard of it?

Well, it is android voice asistant that can do a laundry for you, make you a popcorn, turn on/off your household devices, etc. (seriosly, it can).

So, Cortana is good, but not for power users.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 15:06

27. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Ohhhh.. Cortana allegedly will be able to follow you around from WP to Xbox, W8, on multiple devices like your backup phone, tablet and maybe your car in the future... Seems pretty powerful to me... This is only version 1.0 for Cortana, and the things that MS has implied for AI gives Cortana a pretty bright future for users... It's gonna be time for Apple, and Google to play catch up now..

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 15:30

28. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

How about one integrated, official feature of an OS to RULE IT ALL (or at least try to.)

I prefer to use official apps, OS integrated features and apps as most I can. I would rather have that, then third party apps. And it is ALWAYS better to consolidate! In my opinion and preference of course.

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