Cortana's backend gets updated, sneaks out briefly

Cortana's backend gets updated, sneaks out briefly
It looks like Cortana may soon get an update, because some new features and animations were made available to users for a short time. Microsoft is working on a backend update to Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1, but some of the new features have already been pulled back, likely for more testing. Yesterday, users were reporting seeing some new functionality, but the reports are a bit more scattered now. 

It seems that Microsoft is working on adding in the various "expressions" that were rumored to be part of the system. Users reported that the Cortana live tile has been showing new expressive animations, like turning into a bouncy ball when excited. The live tile has also gotten new information to display, including weather and traffic to work data. There are also new interests and notifications available to control in your Cortana's notebook, and a new quiz option to help Cortana learn more about you. Lastly, there is a new feedback link, to help make Cortana better. 

This comes after another backend update that Microsoft pushed to give Cortana a more human-sounding voice. The features may be rolling out now, but may not be hitting all devices just yet. Let us know in the comments if you're seeing anything new!

source: WPCentral



1. Promethius26

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

I see what you did there.

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

well she looks like quorra (tron) sexy one too.hehe

3. Sauce unregistered

Olivia Wilde! So hottt

4. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

"Turning into a bouncy ball when excited"? Go Cortana! :P

6. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Amazing profile pic! Hope you've gone to Universal Studios Hollywood recently!

5. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I am expecting a lot more from these personal assistants... Cortana is on the right track, but I am hoping for a lot more. Google now is intrusive and annoying, Cortana is just as intrusive... but a lot more upfront. I like how Cortana can be turned off, and its presence on the home screen is fun (yet useless as of now.) Cortana needs to be smarter, as does Google Now (and I am assuming Siri.) But even as beta I like Cortana better on my Lumia 925 vs Google now on my Nexus 5.

7. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Google Now "listens" to whatever you search on it, its cool and intrusive in the same way. Better search in the browser, not in Chrome, if you dont want to get annoying cards. Cortana only listens when you jot on her notebook.

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'm looking forward to when there's the option to have her be the character from the game rather than the animated halo.

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