Windows Phone Cortana will have personality, but you will have control
posted by Michael H. / Feb 20, 2014, 2:48 PM
The Verge, Cortana will have personality just like Apple's Siri and it will have the intelligent push and learning of Google Now, but it will also give you more control over what information you share with it. We've seen video before that has shown Cortana to be a circular icon, but the new information says that the Cortana icon will take the accent color of your Windows Phone setup and it will be animated, meaning it can smile or frown depending on context. These animations will combine with a conversational tone from Cortana to give it more personality, much like Apple's Siri.According to
Cortana will be able to call you by name and it will learn from your usage things like where you live, where you work, and what interests you have. All of this information will be stored in the Notebook, which is where you will be able to review the information that Cortana knows about you, and control that information. You will be able to review information before it is stored, and remove or edit anything that is in your Notebook. You will also be able to limit Cortana's access to things like your email, calendar, contacts, or location data.
If you do share location data and other info, Cortana will be able to give you suggestions, alerts, and reminders on a range of topics, including weather, stocks, directions, appointments, and music. It will even be able to manage do-not-disturb times to mute notifications, and provide exceptions for contacts that are in your Inner Circle. Interestingly, Cortana will supposedly completely replace the Bing Search app, much like Google Now essentially replaced the Google Search app in all but name. You will be able to ask Cortana questions and issue commands as you might expect.
All of that sounds pretty impressive, assuming it can deliver on the promise. Understanding natural language is a very complex job, but Microsoft does have experience with voice command from its Xbox Kinect. We're certainly excited to see what Cortana can do. It will be coming as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update, which is due to be released in the summer with a developer preview in April. If you want to know anything else about the Windows Phone 8.1 update, we've gathered the info into a huge post which you can find here.
source: The Verge
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jalal khalegh :O Che khoshgele :D
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 3:07 PM 1
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They are really moving along quite nicely. It seems like momentum is picking up. Still catching up to Android but it really feels like they are making great progress. Better late than never and if they keep going they will gather more fans. I see a bright future....good job MS.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 3:14 PM 8
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Honestly I have an android smartphone, tablet, etc. but I really have to give credit to Microsoft for catching up fast in terms of the quality of their software and services. I know people love to bash Bing, but having recently trying it myself after much doubting, I find their services across the board to be generally on par and even better in some ways. (I like Bing's language translator and image search more) In terms of functionality most of Microsoft's services are not behind at all. I think the controversial UI design of Windows 8 caused people to think it had inferior features, although now I realize that is not true.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 4:49 PM 5
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I agree. The services are not behind. I like the UI for desktop. Sometimes I like the UI for WP8 but I really prefer the PC look for Windows 8 tiles. I think people just don't like the big huge squares. I think if they gave it the Windows 8 tile look...like the Surface RT but the look on a phone. That would be awesome.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 5:37 PM 1
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I guess it is easy to make a voice assistant when you can handpick features from other software
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 3:32 PM 2
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You mean software that they have pioneered for decades? You do know MS voice services has been used before android even took fruit in lab...'98 I believe was the year. To lazy to look it up right now
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 7:43 PM 1
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Dude? Seriously let's be honest right now, while I don't think they are riping of androids/iOS ideas I think there are taking decent hints from them, your "pioneer project" was probably a joke ms forgot about because hardware and software where not there. I think credit should go where it deserves to go Just so you know your avegare smartphone is 4 times faster than your avegarr windows 98 PC
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 7:57 PM 1
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I've noticed that those Android and iOS fanboys/users aren't reacting anymore like earlier. Good job guys, i love peace :)
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 4:26 PM 2
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Looking good! I just hope that her voice will be included in this to make it perfect.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 4:53 PM 2
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I hear with the 8.2 upgrade that she will pop out of the phone without any clothes on...
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 5:39 PM 3
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