Items tagged with Cortana

You may not take digital assistants seriously just yet, but Microsoft does and it wants you start relying on its version right now. The company loaded Cortana onto Windows 10, which became available late last month, and has long been planning to put Cortana on competitors’ platforms. Cortana for Android leaked last month, but now Cortana Beta is officially available for people running Android-based smartphones and other mobile devices. Cortana for Android is still in Beta and is only available in the U.S. at this point, but Microsoft says that it has plans for extending the Beta to other countries.... Read more...
Siri isn’t yet on Mac OS X, but Cortana is, thanks to PC virtualization software Parallels Desktop 11. Launched today, the new version of the software is expected to be as much as 50 percent faster than previous iterations and features Cortana, Microsoft’s digital, personal assistant. Parallels Desktop lets users run Windows (Windows 10, in this case) apps on their Macs. It’s a handy tool for anyone and must-have for many business users who need the flexibility of being to use either OS. Although Cortana is a Windows 10 feature, Parallels says that customers can use Cortana with Mac applications,... Read more...
Microsoft has big plans with Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Mobile, but let's face it, Microsoft's shooting for relevancy, not mobile domination. That's okay, because Microsoft can still leverage Android, the most popular mobile operating system in the world (and it's not even close), to its advantage, and that's exactly what it's doing.You may recall that Microsoft released Cortana for Android last month. It debuted as a private beta, and as of the latest update, Android users rocking Cortana can replace Google Now with Microsoft's digital assistant. That means Cortana, not Google Now, would spring... Read more...
In early March, managing director of Microsoft Research managing editor Eric Horvitz hinted that the Cortana digital assistant would be making its way to both iOS and Android platforms after being a Windows Phone exclusive for quite some time (it has also found a home in Windows 10). Microsoft made that news official in late May, confirming that the world’s two top mobile operating systems would receive Cortana support. The iOS and Android Cortana apps were supposed to debut later this month alongside the retail launch of Windows 10, but the Android app has leaked early and can be download right... Read more...
Toshiba is hitting the reset button on its notebook lineup and is launching a slew of new back-to-school products that have been designed with Windows 10 in mind. Toshiba’s Windows 10 focus comes in the form of a dedicated Cortana key and built-in TruTalk dual-array mics across the entire range to provide quick and competence performance with Microsoft’s voice assistant. As for the notebooks, the new or updated models include the Satellite C Series, L Series, S Series, Satellite Fusion, and Satellite Radius. The Satellite C Series is aimed at everyday users and is available with 15.6- and 17.3-inch... Read more...
Lenovo and Microsoft have teamed up to offer Lenovo-brand PC users a smarter Cortana experience. The way they've accomplished that is by pairing Cortana with REACHit, the latter of which Lenovo designed to help users manager their files and find what they're looking for in a faster, more efficient way. By integrating REACHit with Cortana, the latter's search capabilities are greatly expanded. The two technologies play off each other to extend the sources from which content can be found. Once a user creates a unique Lenovo ID, Cortana and REACHit can be utilized to access a wide variety of data... Read more...
Microsoft seems serious about accommodating Android and iOS user when Windows 10 comes out later this year. The company announced this morning that it has an app that will help users access Windows 10 and Office features on their smartphones, regardless of platform. At first glance, the Phone Companion app looks fairly slick. You choose your phone operating system (Android, iOS, or Windows) and then follow the instructions to get various apps on your phone. Some of those apps will look familiar, like OneDrive, Skype, Word and Excel. But some new features will also be available, including Cortana,... Read more...
Apple's Siri software showed the world how handy it can be to have a virtual digital assistant at your beck and call, but it's Microsoft's Cortana helper that as aspirations of ruling the world. Well, the digital world, anyway. This attempt at world domination will begin with a new version of Cortana that Microsoft plans to port to iOS and Android.As you know, Cortana is already available on Windows Phones, and when Windows 10 ships to the public, Cortana will spread its wings on the desktop. Sometime after is when Microsoft will target the two most popular operating systems on the planet with... Read more...
I'd have to say that overall, Microsoft's big Windows 10 event today impressed. Not only were there some surprises, but it was nice to have some confirmation over some of the rumors that have come out over the past month. While we didn't learn of a phone + laptop hybrid which was rumored about yesterday, we did get confirmation that Project Spartan is a real product -- and Microsoft is planning for it to be an integral piece of the Windows 10 puzzle.While Internet Explorer is a Windows feature that can be (and is) largely ignored, Spartan is different. Its functionality... Read more...
In a perfect world, we all could forget all about Windows 8 and the headaches that it caused for regular consumers all over the world. Microsoft’s heart was in the right place; it sought out to create an operating system that would not only cater to its existing base of desktop and notebook users, but also to the growing tablet market. However, the company missed the mark and ended up with a UI that did more to frustrate than to increase the productivity of users. Microsoft sought to right the ship with tweaks in Windows 8.1, but many consumers had already put on their life preservers at that point.... Read more...
It looks like a Nokia, and it smells like a Nokia... it must be a Nokia, right? Not so fast. Now that Microsoft has swallowed up Nokia's devices division, it's putting that fabled name to pasture. The Lumia branding remains, but there's no Nokia logo here -- this is the Microsoft Lumia 535. It's the first phone to ship from the newly-merged duo, and it's the first step towards a future where one of the most iconic mobile names in the world won't be seen nearly as frequently. Nostalgia aside, the Lumia 535 packs a lot of oomph for its tiny price tag. Specifications wise, there's a 5-inch display,... Read more...
Teenagers are usually quick to adapt to technology, so it shouldn't be too surprising that teens are the ones embracing hands-free search. According to the results of Google's Mobile Voice Study, 55 percent of teenagers between the age of 13-18 years old use voice search on a daily basis, versus 41 percent of adults. "Voice search is a key feature of the Google app that's becoming ever more important as people spend more time on their mobile phones," said Scott Huffman, Google's Vice President for Conversational Search. "We wanted to learn more about how people of all ages use Google hands-free... Read more...
It feels like the epic battle of iPhone vs. Android vs. Windows Phone has been going on forever, and admittedly, it's a bit tired at this point. To help freshen things up, it would be wise to take a look at what the phones can actually do, and then see which one handles a certain common function better. The folks at Stone Temple Consulting decided to do just that, and had voice recognition and question interpretation in its sights. Thus, we're entering a new epic battle: Siri vs. Google Now vs. Cortana. Over the course of two months, multiple employees at Stone Temple sat at a desk, asking a bunch... Read more...
Microsoft has been updating and improving on Cortana, its personal assistant for the Windows Phone and a popular character from the Halo franchise, since it was rolled out. Microsoft’s response to Apple’s personal assistant Siri has continued to improve and expand with Bing integration and Cortana being brought to Nokia phones. Now, Microsoft is giving its personal assistant the ability to speak Klingon and use pictures. Windows Phone users who ask Cortana questions about Halo, where it is an artificial intelligence that helps the franchise’s protagonist Master Chief, or other... Read more...
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