Cortana will live on all devices with Windows 9

Cortana will live on all devices with Windows 9
Cortana is easily the best feature of the Windows Phone 8.1 update, and it has received generally positive reviews even when compared to mobile mainstays like Google Now and Siri. The question has been when Cortana will expand beyond Windows Phone, and it looks like that will be happening with Windows 9 (aka Threshold).

According to Neowin, Cortana has been popping up in the early builds of Windows 9, and has recently moved beyond the engineering testing phase and into the more stable release track. This essentially means that Microsoft is officially working on getting Cortana working well and integrated into Windows 9. Right now, Cortana works like a windowed app, and it looks and functions the same as it does on Windows Phone. The deeper integration isn't there yet, but has been started. 

This shouldn't be much of a surprise, because Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella has said that Windows will be converged into a unified platform with Windows 9, which means one code-base running on all devices. Cortana is a big new feature, so it makes sense that it would move beyond phones to tablets and desktops as well. This isn't just a Microsoft move though. Apple has reportedly been working to bring Siri to Macs, and Google Now made its way to Chrome on desktops a while ago.

source: Neowin

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32 Comments

1. Busyboy unregistered

Wasn't it pretty obvious that they wouldn't abandon it?

2. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Will this update be coming to lower-end devices running WP? (such as Lumia 520 or something)

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2361; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Windows 9? Probably not. But windows 8.1 is available for the Lumia 520. In fact, I have a Lumia 520 and it received the update just the other day.

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I mean, MS can't just keep updating the same devices forever.. We can't expect them to, and it's not a smart business decision when you're trying to sell phones... I think the current support that has been given to WP8 devices has been adequate... But, I hope my 1520 see's the next major update... If not, then I can understand... By update 2 I would've had 8 updates, and that's nothing to complain about...

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What kills me in all this Microsoft was all over Google in regards to storing users data from search results or looking at emails. All of a sudden now its okay because Microsoft is doing the same thing with Cortana. Its ironic that Microsoft started their scroogle campaign. I guess Google should start a microshaft campaign. But then again it would just lower Google down to Microsoft's level.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Google usually doesn't sling mud. Kudos to them for that.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Google is too smart to draw attention to themselves like that. Microsoft... not so much.

13. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsoft respects users privacy much more than Google for eg. Google goes through every Gmail that's sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads. And there's no way to opt out of this invasion of your privacy. Microsoft doesn't go through your emails to sell ads, the list of examples goes on and on.

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Microsoft respects users privacy much more than Google..." In reality, Microsoft scans everything in your email, on your OneDrive, on your PC, on your WP phone, etc. They have always spied on their customers, since at least the late 1990s. Here's an example from the past couple weeks: “According to Microsoft, this individual uploaded one (1) image” in April of a “pre-pubescent female” in a revealing pose with a sex toy, and the firm informed the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which got in touch with the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, the affadavit continues. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Microsoft_cyber-tip_gets_Pa_man_arrested_on_child_pornography_charges.html Whether this sort of spying is for the greater good or not is another question. But the fact that Microsoft spies on everything you do has been well established for a long time.

18. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Google does the same thing what are you talking about?, i support anything that keeps our kids safe no matter who its from. http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/5/5970141/how-google-scans-your-gmail-for-child-porn Microsoft however does not target users with paid ads like Google does. There is a major difference between Safety and protection and financial gain.

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"There is a major difference between Safety and protection and financial gain." Pretty much every pro-WP shill on this site must have gone to the same Shill 101 class. You present a false dichotomy that is supposed to make the reader associate Microsoft will safety and protection. What a laugh. Microsoft has spied on customers for financial gain for decades. They are not spying on customers, spending the money to do so, as a community service. To promote this falsity is ridiculous -- just flat out shill nonsense.

22. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

So one good thing about Cortana is that all of your personalized interests, places, preferences, and settings are stored locally on the phone rather than on Microsoft's servers. Microsoft makes a concerted effort with Cortana to try to preserve privacy as much as it can while still being able to offer you a full-featured digital assistant. I like the fact that they went the extra mile to at least do what they could to make the user feel more secure. We all know that personal information being used is a given in order to make services like this work. The Scroogle campaign was definitely over the top, but Microsoft can at least say they're trying to do a bit better than Google in that regard.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So how will the tracking of a package work when you put your phone down and pick up a tablet instead? How will flight information or alerts work from one device to another? Please stop that crap that Microsoft is innocent.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not that they are innocent, just that people prefer their policies over googles. ZOMG choice, isnt that what you google/android lovers clammer on about is choice choice choice. Deal with it. MS doesnt serve me ads pretending to be emails, i like that, i like that their servers meet regulations that google does not. Look up the LA case where a government switched to google and found out they could be sued for privacy in googles terms, they switched back to office 365 and outlook/onedrive. Also yes I would imagine that it would work across devices. Currently when my phone is plugged into my pc, i get notifications of sms etc. When i am on my pc, notifications show up on both devices. I would imagine the link is the same for win9 and cortana.

27. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

yeah i have a lumia 520 also.one question for everybody that has a lumia 520 with 8.1 how is your you tube working.because mine will not work through the browser anyway

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

My 521 works in the browser, switch to desktop mode. Youtube should pick it up and do html5 video. If not, download metrotube.

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Then there are those who really wanted a Windows based smartphone. Who really looked forward to Nokia hardware excellence married to Microsoft's Windows software. Yes. Such customers do exist. They were tricked into becoming the guinea pigs who were fed defective and incomplete bug-filled and poorly designed early Lumia smartphones. Most will have learned their lesson and will buy an Android or iPhone next. What good will was there to this partnership was definitely sunk when Microsoft announced that there will be no migration path from the first Lumia phones to Windows Phone 8. If you think Nokia's best reputation and what Microsoft had left last year, was able to achieve what modest 'success' they did, now it will not be that 'good'. No, this time it will not be 'as good as last time'. And this is before we consider how poorly the Lumia series and Windows Phone has met specifically Nokia customer needs - see 101 faults in Lumia (now with more Lumia: upgrade. Nokia MS WP8 is on still on life support. ....

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah yeah yeah quit bi#ching on every MS article. Stick with what you love, paid troll.

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Lol. Arte at least has interesting things to say. All you offer is the dull beat of Microsoft's pro-WP wardrums.

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Trolling may be interesting to you cause you're all one of the same . I've rebut his nonsense time and time again, sometimes you just call trolling what it is.

21. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"sometimes you just call trolling what it is." We know what "trolling" is to you. Anything that doesn't agree with your sentiment that WP is some perfection from the gods and that Microsoft is the heavenly kingdom itself.

24. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Don't mind him. He's just high from all the Google-cohol he's been having.

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Tricked? Like android 1.0? Like android 2.2 phones being sold as brand new this year unable to update to 4.0? Like 2.0 android? Or how about that dead project called android 3.0. Apps killing the OS from 4.3 to 4.4, wait we got a fix... My 8x, 925, 521, HD7, phones has served me quite well, my note 3 has served me well. Because i do work on the weekends with offices etc, when they see me going seemlessly from office on my phone to my tablet then my pc with little setup and issues compared to google docs. I garner a sale. And i dont even get paid to sell stuff, this is all just, oh snap i like that my tablet doesnt do that. And a week later they have switched. Just a week ago a customer was using google docs and was spending 10-20hrs a week doing conversion on their tablets to send them to clients. Within an hour they purchased a 11.6in windows 8.1 tablet for under 300 and then bought a nokia 1520.

4. TheCellX

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

it took 1 week for me to get used to windows 8.1.. after 5 years on Android. Windows 8.1 is a really well designed mobile OS.

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It really is refreshing... Do you have update 1?

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I can't wait until WP9, or Threshold, or whatever... If my 1520 gets the update then that will be amazing... Of course I'm not gonna get a new phone this year unless they come out with a new 6" flagship... Either way I can't wait, and WP Threshold is gonna be awesome!!

11. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Damn, I was hoping they were talking about all smartphone devices; as in all the non-English devices, which comprise 90% of the WP users...! Or at the very least enabled in English version on non-English devices! This news is pointless to the vast majority of their customers...

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This news is pointless to the vast majority of PC customers?... Think about what you're saying here. .......... You even said it yourself.. This is not about WP...

23. Mikele

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Great feature to experience! Sadly however, after updated my Nokia lumia 1020 to 8.1 more troubles more than before updates. Connection problems with unstable internet browser experience - I need help

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

master reset, if your backup is on, you will have no worries. Also make sure your 3rd party apps are 'fing' it up. And which browser? built in or 3rd party.

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