Cortana goes quiet on the Fourth of July

Cortana goes quiet on the Fourth of July
Windows Phone 8.1 users in the U.S., had to go without personal assistant Cortana for a few hours on Friday. During this time period, inquiries to Cortana were met with a response indicating that there was a problem with the application. For example, some U.S. Windows Phone 8.1 users who were using Cortana to look up information, received a message that read, "My suggestion well is dry. Try back later or add some more interests." Some who asked the personal assistant a question were told that, "I'm sorry, the internet and I aren't talking right now."

The outage apparently affected only a small number of Windows Phone 8.1 users. Unfortunately, the same connection to Microsoft's servers that allows Cortana to be updated twice a month, is also the personal assistant's downfall. If something happens to Microsoft's servers, down she goes.

Right now, Cortana is available only in the U.S., on Windows Phone 8.1. The only way to get the new build of Windows Phone in the U.S. is to sign up as a Windows Phone developer with Microsoft, or by purchasing the Nokia Lumia 635. The latter comes with the new build out of the box. The Lumia 635 can be pre-ordered now from HSN, bundled with a pair of chargers for $119.95. The device will ship on July 21st.


source: WPCentral

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36 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Do the same servers send everything you ask Cortana and information it records about you straight to the NSA?

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Probably they have a office in Redmond, no need to send abroad just filter it in the redroom.

3. Beijendorf unregistered

Most probably.

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Apparently, stupidity isn't what Cortana records, hence it must have stopped working when people like you asked her questions.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

MS and the NSA have been BFF for a long long time -- this association is well known and well documented. Shatter is asking a rhetorical question.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is one of the times I agree with you. This has been known since the 90's.

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Off topic Cortana is still half-baked, and fragmented.. Just like Wp.

13. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Ever heard of Beta?

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yeap. I have Chrome Beta I have Dolphin browser Beta I have Firefox Beta

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

How do you know how Cortana is like?

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Comparing to Siri and Google Now, Cortana is not only more interactive, personal, natural, it can do works too. MS provides Cortana API to developers who can create all kinds of applications, especially when working together with Internet of Things. Expect to see Cortana controlled Home Automation systems soon. Cortana is actually better. I was in Newyork for 3 days and tried it on my L1020.

24. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I thought you did not have it since you don't live in the US. Can't say much about it cuz I've not tried Cortana.

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Like OxFFF said, Cortana are bunch of real person in a room.

17. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Of course he hasn't. His brains are so small and childish that there is no place for things other than trolling and well, cartoons.

21. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Lol he told you to stay on topic after the Comment 10.

26. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why should I? Its not like he stays on topic on any article. He starts trolling mindlessly on ANY WP or Microsoft related article here on PA.

27. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You go defensive when anyone says negative about your beloved OS and platform.

35. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Means wp fans are stupid and they ask stupid questions to Cortana and they date with her too LOL.

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Do servers send everything you ask Google Now and/or Siri and information they record about you straight to the NSA? After all Google and the NSA are buddies. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/06/nsa-google_n_5273437.html

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Google and NSA aren't just buddies, NSA actually owns Google.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

They learned from the best....Thank MS. I think MS and NSA's relationship dates back before theirs and Google's. There are many companies that work closely with govt agencies. If you are gonna be paranoid about one, have to be paranoid about alot more. I do agree with the point of your post...

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

It happens.

5. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Master Chief called her. They had a galaxy to save.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I like the theory that Cortana is just some room full of people and not a real AI -- because Microsoft couldn't actually build something that complex -- and they were off for the holiday.

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Its still faster and less laggier than Google Now.

25. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

What does Google Now have to do with anything? Ignorant fanboy.

30. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Google Now laggy? This is pure fanboy nonsense.....lol. Wow.

34. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That's what his username represents. He's immature and a kid. Never take a fanboy seriously.

36. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes, that was fanboy nonsense, as opposed to your true and very productive comments about WP here.

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmao.

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