Who won the Oscars? Cortana predictions got 83% of the awards right

Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana has been dabbling in clairvoyance for a while now, and you could have asked it the other day some real prophetic stuff, like, for example "Who will win the Oscars 2015?" 

The predictions it spat out, however, turned out to be prophetic indeed, as it scored most of last night's winners. Cortana nabbed the best movie, best actor and actress, best director, and, overall, skipped a beat only in four of the 24 categories, which is an excellent 83% ratio.

It turns out that Cortana's predictions, which rely on Microsoft Bing search engine prediction technology, are actually the elaborate works of the company's R&D offshoot in New York. Managed by Microsoft researcher David Rothschild, the team there provides accurate Oscars predictions for Cortana a few years in a row now, and you can also use Bing Search for many other events, like World Cup soccer results, and NFL games. Have at it.

source: Bing Blogs

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10 Comments

1. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I am not surprised. MS may want to rename her to "Microsoft Bing Oracle".

7. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Oracle would be such a great name!

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Wonderful Cortana. She can time travel:P

3. Donbenie

Posts: 259; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Not surprising if it has the inside scoop on things..

4. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

these are like the only post we get about windows phone on here, but that is pretty cool that it was almost 100 percent, people will start using it to make bets just now

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Whatever it takes to show WP's goods.

6. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I wonder how good it is in predicting sports scores, could be helpful on the next trip to a sportsbook in Las Vegas (or your local bookie).

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Dunno about actual scores, but she/Bing's accurately predicted the Super Bowl and most of the World Cup games.

8. justttclassified

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

This is awesome. This virtual assistant is almost as powerful as Google now and siri.

9. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

almost? I have used both and prefer Cortana (in Beta btw) to Google Now. And not because of its Oscar predicting ways either...

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