Microsoft: No personal assistant for Windows Phone until it is revolutionary

Microsoft: No personal assistant for Windows Phone until it is revolutionary
If Windows Phone 8 is going to continue to make a move and compete with iOS and Android, there are many out there who believe that the platform will have to include a voice activated personal assistant like Siri or Google Now. Stefan Weitz, senior director for Bing, apparently feels that a Windows Phone version of the pair will have to have more capabilities than either personal assistant. "Siri and Google Now have a fairly shallow understanding of the world," says the executive.

According to Weitz, Siri or Google Now are great if you need to find the starting time of a movie or the directions to an eatery, but fail when it comes to purchasing a new hard drive or finding out the circumference of Lake Erie. While Siri and Google Now both get their information from many sources, Google Now also can look into your calendar and email (with your permission, of course) to send you timely information such as traffic for the commute home, or information about a topic you recently showed interest in finding out about online. Google Now will also keep you up to date on flight departures and arrivals.

Weitz states that Microsoft has had internal discussions about offering a similar feature for Windows Phone 8, but the overall feeling was that any such feature for Windows Phone that was offered now would not be state-of-the-art. Weitz summed up the feelings inside Redmond about a Siri/Google Now function for Windows Phone when he said, "We are not shipping until we have something more revolutionary than evolutionary."

source: CNET

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28 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

One of the 41 reasons to buy a Windows Phone, folks ! ;)

3. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

? for not being able to compete?

18. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

In WP , we cant add a no. in between the numbers in the dailer. very basic , but MS still couldn't add it. and i cant believe ppl saying WP8 is revolutionary , blindly. better buy a symbian mobile than wp8. cheaper and better !!!

22. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You completely ruined my sarcasm :'( Any-who, it was a word play between Nokia's marketing brags about 41 reasons to buy a Nokia 1020 with 41 MP camera, over any other device and Windows Phone's stubbornness to innovate. i.e. let Nokia do the heavy lifting of innovation, whereas Microsoft to come up with excuses for their subpar OS

10. Mr-Robert

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

One of 40 reasons not to buy a Windows Phone, folks! Except one reasons " Camera "

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia better change CEO then change os, switch to android damn it. We all are waiting to see that movement Nokia.

2. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Windows phone and playing catch up go hand in hand... MS just tries to find excuses to play catch up... and it's fans keep using yesterday's software....

4. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Translated: If we did it now we'd suck at it. We'll wait until Apple and Google finish doing the heavy lifting of perfecting the technology, then swoop in and take credit for it.

6. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Actually no. If you look at the kinds of innovations coming out of Microsoft Research you'd be pretty impressed. It's just that a lot of what is shown never really gets made into a product for them. Don't doubt their ability to compete, especially when it comes to things like this. They have have neural network structures for R&D purposes that rivals IBM, Google etc. Actually, if you look at Microsoft's R&D budget, it's been historically a top spender for a long time.

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Just because they have a lot of money doesn't mean they can make good products. Sorry fanboys WP8 has crap features compared to Android. Xbox One is in the same boat, Sony has a way lower budget but their system is superior and will sell better.

20. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Did I say that they make better or worse products? I'm just saying, they have the money to invest and create cool things -- things that don't make it out of the lab, usually. I never said innovation is success. Innovation is innovation -- it doesn't mean success or failure... just something new. And yes, if there is any company out there that has really been innovating, Microsoft is that company. Is it successful innovation? Maybe not -- not on the consumer product side at least... but is it innovation? Yep. And tons of it.

23. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

+1 to you sir. At least someone here talks with more knowledge of what he's talking about. You see, if microsoft did a voice assistant that's not competitive, it would be bad for the growing platform. You dont want a half baked software do you? *ehem apple maps*. Also, I see voice assistant as overrated feature. Do you usually see someone use their siri? I think not. Me, I use google now every other time but type the things I want to search. If ms wants to, it could make it happen. Let's not forget that it's the biggest software company. It has all the knowledge it needs.

7. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

MS doesn't swoop in and take the credit for stuff, That would be Apple. They may come in later and do it different. Usually it turns out better than the others. I'm sure that they would rather present a useful product instead of some gimmicky, snarky assistant.

5. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

They have a voice recognition search.. just doesnt talk back to you (Unless it doesn't understand you).. long story short it functions the same, just does interact with you. I find its better than Siri or Google searches.. but still not worth the effort to use.

8. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Sounds like he is talking in apple language And i mean this by the word "Revolutionary"

9. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Translation: Microsoft does not feel the need to spend money on something that is expected of us. Instead we will take that money and continue to stage rigged "Beat by Windows Phone Events" and push up the release of Windows Blue from 7 months to 6 all the while not including a start button. In addition we also plan to release more Windows RT products even though they are functionally useless even compared to functionally inferior full line product.

11. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Circumference of Lake Erie is far more important than directions to restaurants, yep. After reading that, nothing they can say for a while will be taken seriously.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Thanks for coming out MS. It's OK, we know your hobbled by lack of, but we still love to see you and your Kin come out.

14. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Revolutionary my @$$...if this is what MS feel...then why you released windows phone and RT os!

16. lovefist unregistered

In short.. We got boat loads if money for r&d but we still havent cracked how this things work.

17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"According to Weitz, Siri or Google Now are great if you need to find the starting time of a movie or the directions to an eatery, but fail when it comes to purchasing a new hard drive or finding out the circumference of Lake Erie." Uses google now, finds answer in results on screen. I call BS on you Microsoft rep. Who the bleep would use a personal assistant to purchase a hard drive anyhow?

19. xosman

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Why you all begging NOKIA to make an android devices they can't why? There is three big companies after sammy htc.lg.zte tell me if nokia can compete with these!

21. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Companies rise and fall all the time. When Android started there was only HTC making the G1, then basically the Hero. At which point Moto entered the mix with the Droid. If Samsung (and the others) had followed your advice because HTC and Moto basically owned the Android market at the time they wouldn't find themselves in the position they're in now. No Experia, no Optimus, No G, no Ascend, no Galaxy, no Note... none of those series would have existed if someone else didn't throw their hat in the ring. If there is market demand for an Android flavored Nokia handset, perhaps they should listen.

26. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

You should Google the history of Nokia, after reading your comment it's apparent you know nothing of their past records.

24. crusher

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

MS already has a very good voice assistant on xbox/kinect which is equivalent to Siri/google now so i dont agree that they cant do nonsense, i hope they really launch a game changer, i hardly see any of one using siri/google now its more of a gimmick than a personal assistant

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

PA please bring back Thumbs down button...

27. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Gotta admit, WP's voice recognition sucks compared to Android. Its awesome to not have to touch your phone while driving but what good is that if the software can't get what you're saying. Its also dumb how the speech to text and Bluetooth speech to text produce such different results. What the heck is Belfiore doing over there? Does anyone at MSFT actually use these phones to the fullest?

28. lansky1213

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

I agree with MS! Siri is just dumb! Google now is cool for certain things but not a must have. MS shouldn't do it until they come up with something better and more useful features

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