Here are some new features coming to Cortana today

Here are some new features coming to Cortana today
Windows Phone virtual personal assistant Cortana, is adding new capabilities with every update pushed out by Microsoft. Cortana can now roll dice, or flip coins. And we all know about her prowess in picking winning soccer teams. On Friday, the Bing Blog was full of news about features that are coming to Cortana starting today.

An evening version of The Daily Glance, which shows every thing you need to know to start your day, including appointments, travel time to work, and top headlines, is being added. Starting today, you will see the travel time home, and your upcoming appointments. This way, you'll know if you need to rush home to get ready for a dinner meeting, or if you have to hit the sack early for a morning appointment. Update your home and office address with Cortana for this new feature to work.

Cortana will now even tell you when one of your favorite musical acts will be playing within 100 miles of your home. She knows who your favorite artists are, by keeping track of the artists you search for on your phone, Windows 8 PC and Bing. To activate this feature, go to the notebook, select  music and enable Concert Watch.

If you look up a particular flight twice a week from Bing or Cortana, she will know how important that flight is to you and will prompt you to ask if she should continue to monitor this specific flight. The feature is available in the U.S. only. Lastly, Cortana now recommends apps based on your location. Say you're in Orlando. Cortana will suggest you recommend apps related to DisneyWorld or SeaWorld.

Microsoft is continuing to update Cortana, and you can see that the new features are making her more like Google Now, which pops out information you need, before you need it.

source: Bing via WMPoweruser



1. wilsong17 unregistered

OK Google

9. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

KO elgooG

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Features come to AI's all the time, Platforms add features other platforms has had forever for eg . Android L OS is based of WP UI, Its looks, colorful info bars , its lockscreen animation, three dot menu, in app purchases, soon to be app trials are all things Android took from WP. How many will say OK Google when it finally develops a personality like Cortana has.

2. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Okay Google


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Smh follow the leader in innovation!!! Google is#1

10. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

leader in acquire others innovation 1.motorola 2.nest 5.........

15. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

So android was ready product in they bought it huh???

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They didn't innovate, they shop what others innovate.

14. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

They made Gnow by themselves...

20. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

What's that?

4. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Maybe it will be done better in a different platform.

18. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Why? WP is perfect for cortana, ;)

21. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Or not.

5. Eclectech

Posts: 350; Member since: May 01, 2013

I have an Android phone but think Cortana is more attractive.

6. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Kinda considering switching from my Note 3 to something like the Nokia Lumia 1020, 930, or 1520 (or even the more "budget friendly" Lumia 630).

7. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Flight tracking and daily route (traffic) features have been there for a while, so they likely just made some changes to those features in this update. As for as you Google worshippers, go get a life. Google is a highly innovative company, but you are not innovative by association.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012


11. MrsJedi

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Well i hope shes better than the video game cortana.

16. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Don't waste your time updating Cortana; make her available to more than 5-10% of your customers first!!! :-(

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Why? Currently we are beta testing for that other customer base, so when they do get it, they dont have to go through the hurdles to do so. It will be up and running. Or we can have a slow 2-4yr release to support everybody, or have a quick 1yr test and then update the rest faster.

19. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Set alarms offline please!

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