Watch how Cortana stacks up to Google Voice and Siri in this 50-phrase demo video

Watch how Cortana stacks up to Google Voice and Siri in this 50-phrase demo video
After the 50 Google Now and 50 Siri questions, now comes the time for Microsoft's voice-activated virtual assistant Cortana to shine. Coming with Windows Phone 8.1 handsets in a limited beta availability (US, UK and China for now), Cortana proves to be a rather capable voice assistant, rivaling Google Now and Siri.

That's undoubtedly thanks to Microsoft's multi-year research in the field of voice recognition, artificial intelligence, and direct translation, but don't take our word for it, see for yourself in the video below. We've also included the 50-phrase Google Now and Siri videos for direct comparison.

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83 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Cortana has still alot to learn. Google now is just smashing at the moment because of HUGE support from its search engine and google maps, location based things and search based things are so far best out there. As for Siri , very good , near the google , but still lacking in search and maps.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

True that. I love Google's way of implementation on Google Now though it lacks personality. It is alot more practical with card showing information even without asking. I still think talking to a phone in the middle of public is kinda weird. And M$ did a great job on cortana with such a limited time with great pace on adding more and more features.

23. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

google now doesn't lack personality, you just need to install commandr :D

66. sgodsell

Posts: 6737; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The 3 videos are done at different times. For Instance the Google Now video was taken on Nov 24, 2013. The Siri video was taken Dec 5, 2013. And the Cortana video was taken on Aug 22, 2014. Since that time there has been a number of updates to Google Now and Siri. So letsbehonest here.

74. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

You replied to me instead of letsbehonest. :D

78. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Where do i lack honest here. Cant you see how fast m$ improving cortana?? Please refer to wp central for more info. They catch every thing about wp very fast. & cortana is cool. And i wasn't comparing any of this assistants, iwasjust saying i love google approach and giving credits to MS since they did a good jowbb. Donna much abt siri since i haven't used it for some time

4. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Sorry. But you are wrong! I found Cortana the best in this demo and very enjoyable.

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Cortana uses Bing Satori, a knowledge repository of more than a billion objects digested in the past 3.5 years, just like Google's Knowledge Graph, Satori catalogs entities and the associated data and relationships among them. They both crawl the Web and utilize existing data sources, such as Freebase (owned by Google) and Wikipedia, to build their repositories of semantically rich encoded information that can help answer questions in milliseconds, rather than deliver a page of links. Cortana incorporates the best of Google now and Siri while also adding capabilities not found in either like for eg. Event or contact based notification ("when your sister calls, tell her happy birthday") or having a sense of humor like for eg. Answers sassy questions like "Are you sexy, Google now doesn't do that, Cortana has more personality than either of them.

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

"Answers sassy questions like Are you sexy" you must be asking cortana for a date or ask to strip too eh? Lacking touch of a woman, Tony Presscot?

28. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You must have hit your head lol. Im simply showing that Coratana has more of a personality than Google now, you sound butthurt, your feelings get hurt so easily Straightedgeliar. No idea what Tony Prescott means.

34. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Haha! That made my day

47. sgodsell

Posts: 6737; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you happen to use and need information on any other OS other than Microsoft's OS's then bing sucks. But I guess you would never know that if you are only in a Microsoft world.

50. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Well that's actually not true. Bing has 4.3 stars out of 5 on Google play store for eg. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.bing

81. sgodsell

Posts: 6737; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Are you that draft or just can't read. We all know that all the search engines have apps on other platforms app stores. Its the information look up and results that is the problem. If you need information in regards to say Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Firefox OS, Sailfish, OS X, iOS, or any OS that is not Microsoft based, then bing's results are not good. That is the truth.

86. Dastrix unregistered

Prove it or it's all BS.

33. engineer-1701d unregistered

yes i am hahahahaha so what of it.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Support from a search engine that has proven to be %1 better in search related queries in a recent test. Location based things? Like Cortana telling when i go to any store to buy something. Any store, not one selected but any store. Meaning i dont have to pick a store, cause what if i want to go to a store at random? I do this alot while driving. Bam cortana knows i am there and reminds me. You can also specify things. Example. Next time i am at a flower shop, remind me to buy flowers. So now it will ignore non-flower shops and only remind me when i go to any flower store, or it will suggest one nearby etc. She even knew my routine. She knew that i go to work at 530, and i leave my house sooner. She started to know when i leave, so that if i dont leave at that time, she reminds me too and knows the traffic so i can get there on time. If i do leave before that time she doesnt remind me. I did not set this up, all i setup was my work address.

20. AustinPaul

Posts: 150; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Yup, Google Now knows when it's the weekend and that I'm headed to the marina and if there are any delays and travel time, etc. I don't get too deep into the appointment requests, but I know that I don't need the sense of humor as some mention. To me, that's a fun novelty that wears off quickly. Regardless, it's good to see everyone stepping it up to try to be the best.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I had to set that up on my note 3, guess i jumped the gun and didnt let google now just do it. Example. Google now i put appointment in calander with place and time, great i have told it where i am going, gives me traffic update. For Cortana, i never told it i was going to work. I saved the address as a work place that was it. I never told it what time i go to work, when i leave, there is no calendar event for work. But over time it knew i went to my work m-f, at this time. Arrived at this time. Knew i left my house at this time. I never set these parameters. After it got to know me, it started to tell me to leave for work. Google now, has never randomly popped up saying i need to go to work. Unless i put an event in. Perhaps i need to dig deeper into my google now a setting i am missing or something.

43. wilsong17 unregistered

I hate to brake the party but how long has Google now being doing the same

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not very long. Just pulled up my HTC One. Got my 925 side by side with the HTC. "Remind me when i visit a flower shop to buy flowers" -Google got me flower shops in a google search page. -Cortana, said ok, ill remind you, gave me nearest shop, allowed me to choose any flower shop (perfect for me) or other flower shops nearby. Then set a reminder. Of course there are things Cortana doesnt do either. How ever if i need to adjust my speech let me know so i can do it right on google.

48. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Nevermind im a tard, my htc one google now was off. However it wanted me to input date and time and i am not finding a location based reminder so that when i visit at any time at any flowershop to remind me.

68. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't like to talk to my phone. I used voice assistant to speed up data input and information delivery so the less personality the better. Actual experience i prefer Google now over Siri. Cortana is primarily meant for US audience.

32. engineer-1701d unregistered

i think cortana is better more natural sounding and quicker response, i tried some of the google now ones on my phone and got something different maybe its because its a 2 year old phone. how can you say lacking in search and maps, when the world mostly uses google maps and google search.? i wish my android wear worked on ms i would not mind a windows device with her on it.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Siri to me is so annoying cause you have to touch the phone every single time. With BOTH Google Now & Cortana all you need to do is speak to it. I am impressed by Cortana. It's still in BETA. Google Now is the clear champ, head over heals better than Siri. Cortana is closed the gap significantly in my opinion & the ease of just talking to it makes it a better assistant than Siri.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup and the big advantage Google has is that Google Now can be updated just like any other app where Siri and Cortana needs an OS update. Although updates are easier push for Apple and MS but still OS updates don't come every week like an app like Google Now gets. Besides we've already seen how not so smooth the updates to all Windows phone devices have been unlike Apple's.

6. wigib2

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

Actually, MS states that they update Cortana on the server side, so no need for an OS update. The brief time I played with a Nokia Icon running 8.1 Developer Preview, they updated things a few times. Definitely a better solution than Siri!

67. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Would an improvement in voice recognition can also be passed through without an OS update ?

71. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes.. Everything single thing that Cortana does is updated on MS's side.... One day you wake up, and Cortana has a more natural voice.. Cortana's voice wasn't always so natural, and she still says some things mono toned. But, as MS updates Cortana dynamically we are seeing Cortana evolve every week without having to do a thing... Good job on MS's part with that one... Let's not forget that Cortana is still in beta.... One thing that is interesting is how the animations can change by MS pushing an update to Cortana..... This all is actually nothing new for WP as Bing search on WP, it's layout, and features, have been updated this way since WP7.5... It's almost like when you're opening Cortana you're actually opening a webpage, I guess,,, but you would never know by the way it seems so embedded into the OS.. ....... Apple, Microsoft, and Google really can do some amazing things.. In the future? Gaming consoles are a thing of the past.. It's just your tv, and a controller... Because of huge advancements in latency the Xbox, and PlayStation will turn into services like Netflix, and may come pre loaded, or download for a fee, into TV sets... Technology is awesome!

76. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Fair enough. Wasn't aware of that but good insights. Although I still hold my doubts on console being thing of the past in near future somehow (although I hope does happen). So many of such services which do exactly what you mentioned have already started by none were succesfful so far. Only if one of the big 3 try to start there maybe an actual chance.

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