Cortana to be 'absorbing the entire Internet,' more details on the voice-controlled WP assistant leak out

Cortana to be 'absorbing the entire Internet,' more details on the voice-controlled WP assistant leak out
Microsoft's voice-activated virtual assistant Cortana will appear as a blue circular icon in the new Windows Phone 8.1 edition, and have personality traits, just like Apple's Siri, rehash "sources familiar with the matter". When the service is speaking, the icon will animate, as well as when it is "absorbing the entire internet". We kid you not, that's exactly what it says it's doing on the latest leaked screenshots, while it is processing information for the answer you expect it to spit out.

Cortana will allegedly replace Bing Search entirely, and can address you with different nicknames you choose for yourself, like "Master Chief", or the omnipresent "Dude," for example. If you let it, Cortana will be able to scour your messages for flight details, among other things, and set notifications on its own.

When this awareness is switched on, it can also collect behavior patterns, location data, contact information, calendar reminders, and such, in a so-called Notebook. Not unlike Google Now, the compiled information will be used to better assist your needs, and automate your tasks, aided by services like Foursquare and the like. How successful these functions are executed in Cortana, or if this will be the final name of the service at all, remains to be seen when Microsoft unveils it next month, as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update.

source: TheVerge

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81 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Can we just see WP8.1 already?

5. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Is this Siri or Google Now? microsoft dont copy or?

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'd say it's GN with a dose of Siri.

10. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Is Google Now, Windows Speech Recognition or Dragon Natural? Google don't copy or?

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You could tie a talking doll to the back of a Lumia and it would be better than Siri or S Voice...

23. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Siri sounds so annoying.

27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Are you excited for WP8.1?

47. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

8.1 is solid, but it needs to come faster...

60. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Right.. It should've been here with the 1520.. But, what can you do... At least it's coming, and it appears to be very good.

53. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

its both

31. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Quality Assistant. great work ms.

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What device do you have again?

42. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

easy one, Samsung.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 3 of course. :)

54. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hardcore samsung fan, great support for samsung, and comment in every samsung articles.....give him a tank salute. http://img.myconfinedspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/tank-salute-700x473.jpg

56. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Dumb comment. -Sent from my iPad Mini w/ Retina Display

57. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hardcore apple fan, great support for apple, and comment in every apple articles.....give him a tank salute. http://img.myconfinedspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/tank-salute-700x473.jpg

62. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Ok.. I understand.. Cool.

71. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Why do you want to by an S5 so much when you already got a note 3?? O.o

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Cortana = Google Now + Siri

6. chandancherry

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

That makes it Google Sorry!! :P

28. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

giri?!

30. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, looks like Cortana is going to be the most competitive in the field.

38. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I need to know if you can wake up Cortana from a distance by calling out it's name.. Supposedly the SD800 is capable of this type of function.

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yup. With the 'Hi Galaxy' command, I can check the weather, get directions, make a phone call, etc. right from the lock screen. Best part is I set it up to use Google Now instead of S-Voice. :)

63. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, I know Android can do it, but.........

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I want this to other platforms!

4. TheWolfpacker

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

So this looks very interesting. At this rate, its revolutionary.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Woah, you can't just use that word freely. Apple and Samsung deserve that title with the OG iPhone and OG Note.

18. papss unregistered

The bigger question is will the haters give them props if it is amazing?

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