Microsoft showcases Cortana's capabilities in a new video, reminds you to have fun

As Windows Phone 8.1 is slowly rolling out, Microsoft's voice assistant – Cortana – is also making its way to Nokia Lumia devices that are eligible for said firmware update. However, it's only available in the US. Unsurprisingly, Redmond's take on Apple's Siri and Google Now was quite anticipated by the die-hard fans of Windows Phone. Well, Cortana is already here (be patient if it hasn't arrived yet), so Microsoft wants to make sure that WP users are familiar with its capabilities and use them accordingly.

Thus, Redmond released a brief “educational” video, centered around Cortana's skills, which will undoubtedly come in pretty handy to the users of the update mobile OS. The video reveals that “she” (as Microsoft refers to its voice assistant) will not only answer your questions, but will also keep tabs on your interests and preferences, thus creating a more personal experience. While pretty adequate, this is not as impressive as Redmond's plans to endow Cortana with rather curious deep-learning and recognition functionalities. Oh, and let's not forget about the almost-perfect guessing streak!

Without further ado, check out Microsoft's video below.

source: Windows Phone via WPCentral



1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I believe and heard and seen, that Cortana is actually better than Google and Siri....?

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cortana FTW. Google is best.

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

seems MS is putting alot of efforts behind cortina... thats not bad

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Cortana powered by Google would be awesome.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I have used all 3 side by side, they all have their strengths but it really comes down to, how will you use it. With Cortana I use it for geo based reminders all the time. Example: "when I visit the store, remind me to pickup ..." and low and behold when I get to the store (either the one saved or the one I choose which comes in handy) it dings. This comes in handy cause I don't get the ding to pick up pet food when I hit my grocery store, cause it knows I set the store to petsmart. I also use it to set person reminders, like I forget tons when I talk to the fiancé, so when I need to remember something, a simple, "When I call (nickname) remind me about ...."

2. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

I want to get in on some cortana love. Release a new high end phone Microsoft and I may get one to try

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Glad MS at least didn't fire Cortana.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Oh, c'mon, Cortana came just now. :)

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

haha.... yeah! certainly they didnt fire cortana

10. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

Cortana, remind next time when i see Elop to kick him in the face...

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I'm with you To Punch it the face Pos killed my beloved Nokia 8800 series

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Cortana can read aloud my texts. A thing Google Now and Siri cant do. I can reply or call back just by dictating to her, without touching my phone. Also when you send a text with time in it, she asks if you want to set an appointment. How nifty. The best part is, most of her activities can be done offline.

13. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Google Now "What's up?" and it'll read all of your texts out loud.

14. Tumaini

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

My next love is Cortana....take off ur clothes!'s bed time! Hahaha.. Nokia ,u the #Best

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.