Windows Phone Cortana will have personality, but you will have control

Windows Phone Cortana will have personality, but you will have control
Throughout the life of Windows Phone, Microsoft has obviously been trying to toe the line between the wide-open possibilities of Android and the curated and controlled world of iOS. Windows Phone gives users and developers more customization and control than iOS, but not nearly as much as Android. And, a new report about Cortana, the virtual assistant coming with Windows Phone 8.1, shows that Microsoft is continuing to toe that line.

According to 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. 

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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25 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

good good......ms going well.

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

jalal khalegh :O Che khoshgele :D

6. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Agree, She is cute!

25. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

are khoob kosiye :)))

26. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

lol guys! kortanae dige too baziye halo

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I do play Halo, at times, quite a bit...I hope Microsoft can be innovative with Cortana and bring her out as a hologram emitting from a smartphone, with the next software upgrade...

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Cortana, call me Master Chief.....

5. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

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.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Agreed, well said. MS might get its mojo back in the course of the year.

12. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

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.

14. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

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.

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I guess it is easy to make a voice assistant when you can handpick features from other software

9. papss unregistered

You should make one since its so easy

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

10. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Can't for the new wave of devices coming with 8.1, i'm in need of a upgrade...

11. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I've noticed that those Android and iOS fanboys/users aren't reacting anymore like earlier. Good job guys, i love peace :)

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Maybe because they all like looking at Cortana...

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I see what you did there

13. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Looking good! I just hope that her voice will be included in this to make it perfect.

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I hear with the 8.2 upgrade that she will pop out of the phone without any clothes on...

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Some will appreciate it so much, while the others will die instantly because of heart attack.

18. papss unregistered

Ha! That had me laughing... That would be sweet though.. wife walks in... What she's not real babe.. She means nothing to me.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Already confirmed I though that her voice was the voice of the assistant

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I want them to have the option to use the animated character from the game, not a blue smiley-face ball.

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