Over 21,000 people want Microsoft to keep Cortana, Windows Phone's upcoming virtual assistant

Over 21,000 people want Microsoft to keep Cortana, Windows Phone's upcoming virtual assistant

Last week, we reported a curious incident including a Lumia 920 switching hands through eBay. But that wasn't just any Lumia, rather it was running an early developer build of Windows Phone 8.1 “Blue”, and the switching of hands resulted in a bunch of insights that weren't really supposed to leave Microsoft's labs for the time being.



Among the snippets of new information around the expected refresh of the OS was a curious piece. We, of course, are referring to 'Cortana', Windows Phone's upcoming virtual assistant that is expected to take Google Now and Apple's Siri for a spin.


Named after beloved AI character from the Halo series, Cortana's appeal to the masses of FPS-loving Halo fans was to be expected – Cortana has been ensuring life in the Halo universe continues on since 2001, after all. Having said that, we certainly didn't expect the mere possibility of a Cortana-named assistant to send a ripple through the interwebs strong enough to amass over 21,000 votes on Windows Phone's suggestion section in just four short days.



The suggestion itself has a WP fan pleading Microsoft to keep the Cortana naming as a marketing tool that may help win people over to the relatively nascent platform, based on the tons of positive reactions from fans worldwide. Of course, whether Cortana is simply an early codename for the upcoming assistant remains up in the air. We sure as hell hope it makes it through, though!


Thanks for the tip, Anonymous!


source: Windows Phone

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23 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"CORTANA" sounds cool... Wonder how it'll perform against Google Now and Apple's Siri since MS promised to deliver a close to prefect experience. good hear WP improving...

13. T00muchF00D

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

well it will AT LEAST work as well as siri. Siri is powered by Microsoft Azure and her searches are done through Bing. Cortana will be using the same resources as Siri

16. wilsong17 unregistered

my next question is can we android user change google now voice and replace with something else

19. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

eeeeoooooooowwoww this sounds like a fun project!

2. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Hell I want it too. If they can integrate it into Xbox, Win 8, WP8, you name it.

3. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

That's apparently the plan :)

17. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

All of them failure products....

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

If it only works like Siri, then it's doomed for failure. However, if it adds "smart" features like Google Now, it could actually be a worthy contender.

5. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Actually Chris Microsoft doesn't need to pay royalties for Cortana. Bungie left Microsoft, but Microsoft retained all rights to the Halo IP. Thats why their in house studio (made of former bungie employees) 343 studios has been making halo since halo reach. Master chief, Cortana, and all else belongs to Microsoft. Which is also why halo 4 was still am Xbox exclusive

7. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Noted, was not aware of that particular bit, though I know of the deal. Thanks! :)

21. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Anytime

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I can imagine the next surface commercial. Siri starts talking and Cortana just tells her to shut up

8. orirotter

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Haha liked this one !

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

and when siri shuts up,google now starts flirting with cortana...

10. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

i hope they listen its great idea to have cortana as assistant

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes 'Cortana' sounds pretty cool. I want the same name too. Cortana looks pretty sexy though.

12. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Port Cortana to Android!

14. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

That would be an extremely dumb idea android has google now ms would might as well shut down wp if they port that over

20. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

MS already made their bing, email, and now office and xbox music available for ios and android. They probably figured they will make much more with those platforms than they ever will with their lousy wp.

15. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

At least we know what Cortana looks like, when people 'talk' to her they can have a visual image in their heads. Siri is a faceless entity.

18. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

That was only appealing to me if they kept the name and used the original voice actor. Otherwise it's no different than Google Now or Siri IMO.

22. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

true...

23. tomakali

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

GDR3 updates are really awesome... We know windows 8 cannot win. Windows 9 Can! My Personal Marketing strategy for Microsoft would be... 1.To create HALO movie series [using all future-tech MS technology, Cortana, 3D immersive techs, etc] excite the whole world to own a Halo Communicator Device[NextGen Modular Lumia Handsets] 2.Provide Free upgrade to all XP users with 12month Windows 8 Trial. 3.Give WP OS free license to OEMs for under $100 handsets. 4.Give WP OS free license to OEMs for non-smartphone devices[watches, TVs etc] later license it for cost W10 after getting marketshare 5.Buy DELL,Blackberry and Merge as DellBerry for Enterprise consumers 6.Openup Bing ads for Indian Advertisers/Publishers 7.Tieup with Indian/all country Postal/Logistic companies to replace old PINCode system with bing GeoCode location services 8.Free WP8 device for any microsoft offers [Certification, Seminar, new purchases, renewals, upgrades etc] 9.Hire all the adspots on public transports for a Year and run offers there[extremely effective] Spoil the world with offers... Not just in US. Leave the Marketing to Nokia-esque approach...

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