Hey, Cortana! Microsoft's personal assistant coming to Windows 10


You've heard of Cortana, haven't you? It is one of the features making Windows Phone smartphones even smarter – a personal assistant commanded by the user's voice. Well, you're about to hear about her even more often now as the feature is coming to Windows 10. Joe Belfiore made the official announcement during Microsoft's media event. In fact, he delivered a great demo of how the assistant will work on the upcoming OS, even though Cortana's Windows 10 implementation was still in its testing phase, as Joe noted on several occasions. 

First and foremost, Cortana will be enabled at all times and will respond to your voice input, prompted by the "Hey, Cortana" command. For example, users will have an easier time searching for apps – results will include both those installed on the device and ones recommended by the Windows Marketplace. Searching for files has been streamlined by adding the option for users to specify file type or its creation date, all using voice commands. What's more, Cortana will be smart enough to bring highly relevant search results on top.

But that's not all. Cortana in Windows 10 is designed to learn details about the user on the fly, and the more she is used, the better she'll get at returning relevant search results. In case there are details about you she shouldn't know, you'll be allowed to filter them out using the Notebook feature. Cortana's list of tricks will also include the option to shoot messages and emails without pressing a single key. All you'll have to do is to instruct her to shoot an email to a specific recipient and to dictate the message itself. 

For more details on Windows 10, tune in to the Microsoft event live stream available here.

source: Microsoft, images via The Verge

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4 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So she's only watching every move across devices for my benefit alone, right??

4. t67443

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

So say that as if Google keeping track of your email, searches, file storage, friends, what you do, where you go and entertainment you watch is only for your benefit.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hmm... I guess that because Microsoft is giving away the OS, I have no reason not to try it, but I will probably stick with Windows 7 in the end. On a side note, I'm glad to see how much Clippy has advanced after all these years.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Great Cortana is awesome But does it need that much space in the taskbar? Because I dont use the Start Menu, I pin all my favorite apps to the taskbar like on Mac OS X Hopefully I can change it to just an icon Or remove it from the taskbar and have it in the Charms Menu (where Search is in Windows 8)

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