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March 04, 2014

Microsoft to debut Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 update

In addition to a number of new features that the software giant is planning to include on the Windows Phone 8.1 update, Microsoft is gearing to launch their very own personal assistant called Cortana and the folks over at The Verge got an early preview of Siri’s upcoming rival in action.

Earlier reports suggest that Cortana will replace “Bing Search” as the go-to-tool for getting information in a jiffy. However, sources familiar to the project stated the voice-activated digital assistant will still be backed by Microsoft’s own search engine, as well as other apps like Foursquare, to provide users with contextual results based on what they’ve searched.

Microsoft Cortana

And speaking of giving contextual information, The Verge reports that Cortana can store a user’s usage pattern, personal information and contacts to its database called “Notebook” (similar to Google Now) and use that to create notifications, reminders and provide a more relevant search result. Mind you this is an opt-in service, meaning you can turn this feature off at any given should you find it intrusive.

Other notable features of Cortana include “Change My Name” which allows users to setup a name which they preferred to be called whenever they’re interacting with Cortana.

Cortana screenshot

It’s still uncertain whether or not Microsoft will keep the current name of their digital assistant when it’s all said and done. Nevertheless, we think that the addition of Cortana to the Windows Phone 8.1 feature set is a huge step forward for the next iteration of Microsoft’s mobile platform which is expected to be rolled out sometime next month.

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7 Responses to “Microsoft to debut Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 update”

  1. abuzalzal says:

    Microsoft is running out of ideas in offering new products, nangaya nanaman sila…

    Una, they made an Android-powered phone, then a Siri-like assistant, ano kaya susunod nilang kokopyahin?

    • vince
      Twitter: Vincent
      says:

      the name cortana isnt exactly original, although microsoft owns bungie games

    • abulngalngal jr says:

      alam mo abusalsal kulang ka pa sa pgamit ng google.. tingnan mo kung sino nauna, wala pang android and ios meron ng ganyan c microsoft.
      check mo nalang kng anung year un..

    • red says:

      Ang bobo mo abuzalzal. Bobo talaga. Diyos ko po

  2. bungalngal says:

    abuzalzal nauna ang microsoft bago ang siri

  3. abuzalzal says:

    Eke eng teney ne Ebezelzel

    Kehet eteneng me ke Bezel boy, pemelyer sye se eveter ke

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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