Cortana to get updated at least twice a month?

Cortana to get updated at least twice a month?
Microsoft plans on giving Cortana updates twice a month, according to a report published on Wednesday. The Windows Phone 8.1 virtual assistant is available in the U.S. and will be coming soon to China and the U.K. While Cortana will have that twice-a month schedule, off-cycle updates will still be made "for things that are timely, urgent or especially badass."

Part of the reason to make timely updates to Cortana is to keep her off-the-cuff comments timely, and filled with relevant references. The software giant also plans on loading Cortana up with AI so she will learn each user's different needs. One study used by Microsoft showed that 40% of the time spent with a device carrying Artificial Intelligent, is wasted on "chit-chat." That explains the focus on making her banter current, timely and relevant.  Since Cortana's pages are rendered in HTML5, the guys in Redmond can make these updates without having to send out an OS update to Windows Phone handsets.

Microsoft wants Cortana to sound less robotic, so the voice used will be the one belonging to Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana in the Halo series. But Microsoft also has to deal with some regional requests. In China, for example, the virtual personal assistant has to have a voice that sounds like it is smiling.  And to make the program more human-like, Microsoft interviewed real-life assistants to understand how they interacted with their bosses, and what things they did that made them successful at their job.

source: Engadget



1. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Glad to see Microsoft doing more for their mobile OS. Hopefully things like this will help them carve a place into Android/iOS market.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes sir, the more players we have the better the end results will be for everyone... +1

2. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

The original voice actress...I might just jump to Windows Phone for this reason, lol

5. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm just waiting for the new wave of devices, the new blu looks amazing..

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"especially badass" lol, I'm not much of a Microsoft fan, in fact I kinda hate the company, but I do like what they're doing with the real time translator on Skype and I'm thinking that they have a lot of opportunity to turn Cortana into something great. Come on MS! Show us what you can do!

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So she goes bonkers Twice a month, great? /s

9. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Once at gets another great flagship I'll jump ship from Android to Windows Phone for a test.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Oh Yes! Patches and Microsoft goes hand in hand.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

While google now gets updated every two three weeks...

15. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

yeah sure, kitkat on 13.6% of all devices proves you're right.

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Google now available on 4.1JB onwards, and is updated via play store. Educate yourselves.

19. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

I was talking about OS updates, not "google now". Sorry educated guy.

17. Riderocket

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

All windows phones running windows 8 will get the 8.1 update, and all phones with 8.1 will eventually get cortana (depending on your country).. But google now for android is only available on 4.1JB and up which is around 10-20% of all android phones.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hello! wakeup! Jelly bean is on 60% of all android phones+kitkat 13%. And you forgot WP7.

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