Cortana was almost named Alyx

Cortana was almost named Alyx
Marcus Ash, Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, recently found himself at the center of a controversy. The other day, he said that Microsoft would allow its virtual voice activated assistant Cortana, to be used on other platforms like iOS and Android. Windows Phone users were not terribly happy with the news., wondering how Microsoft could talk about letting Cortana out to play with the competition when so much work was still needed to have the program running perfectly on Windows Phone 8.1.

At the same time, Windows Phone fans felt put out that the company was already talking about letting its two biggest OS rivals use Cortana. The very next day, Ash quickly backpedaled, saying that Microsoft's focus with Cortana is still Windows Phone.

On Monday, Ash took advantage of his new found celebrity by passing along a little tidbit of information. Before being named Cortana, Microsoft had a short list of possible names for its virtual personal assistant. One of the names on the list was Alyx Vance. The latter is a character from the game, Half Life 2. But after scanning social media, and seeing how people warmly greeted leaks giving out Cortana as the name of Windows Phone 8.1's virtual assistant, Microsoft decided to go with the Halo character.

source: @marcusash via WinBeta



1. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Thanks for listening Microsoft. Cortana was the best choice.

2. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

really, its much better... its good to see microsoft listening...

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great!!! Cortana sounds best...

6. adecvat

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

But Cortana Beta not so good.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

A better Microsoft's virtual assistant would be "Elop". Now this sort of assistant we would know is capable of larger scale accomplishments: "Elop, infiltrate Nokia, cripple them, and arrange for the company to be sold to us" "Elop, waste money faster" "Elop, delay product launches" "Elop, make Frankenstein Android + Microsoft phone" "Elop, throw iPhone across room"

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Ah man! Not this BS again!

11. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's what spermdroido do best. Like their preferred OS they bring spam and viruses to take over

13. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

and what exactly google did to motorola? devided the company into two, failed to do anything useful with it, keeps motorola patents, then sell them to the first buyer for the cheapest price

9. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Well yes, but HL2 is better that any halo games and I know this really doesnt matter

10. Run.n.Gun

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Halo Rulezzz

12. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

LOL right, you and fat azz Gabe need to stop drinking and get off the couch for some clarity

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