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Not long after Apple unveiled its Siri personal assistant to the world, people began asking her outrageous questions, sometimes inappropriate or just humorous, if for no other reason than they just could. When creating Cortana, Microsoft was well-aware of what its digital assistant was going to have to deal with. As as result, Cortana was designed in such a way to handle abuse or inappropriate questions in a rather specific, simple manner. According to Microsoft's Deborah Harrison, who is one of eight writers for Cortana, a chunk of the earliest queries were about Cortana's sex life. Over time,... Read more...
Cortana has already proven itself to be a powerful digital assistant; one the is worthy being compared favorably to similar offerings from Google (Google Now) and Apple (Siri). Microsoft, however, has the advantage of offering Cortana not only on its Windows Phones, but also Windows 10 in addition to Android and iOS. Today, Microsoft has given the Windows 10 version of Cortana a big boost thanks to a new feature called Commitments. Now before privacy advocates start throwing up their hands in disgust, we want to ahead and put out there that Commitments is totally opt-in, so you don’t have to use... Read more...
Google Has Google Now, Apple has Siri, and Microsoft has Cortana. On the mobile side of things, all three digital assistants respond to voice commands to help manage your hectic daily schedule in Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8/Windows 10 Mobile respectively. Unfortunately for Microsoft, its share of the smartphone market is rather dismal compared to the market leader Android and runner-up iOS. So in order to extend its reach in the mobile sector (and gain access to lucrative mobile search results), Microsoft has officially launched Cortana companion apps for iOS and Android. This is Microsoft’s... Read more...
Don't be taken aback if you someone barking commands to Cortana into their iPhone 6s Plus. They're not necessarily confused with technology, but perhaps taking advantage of Cortana on iOS. That's right, Microsoft is rolling out its personal digital assistant to iOS device much in the same way it did for Android gadgets. Like Cortana for Android, using the digital assistant on iOS comes with some feature restrictions. For example, saying "Hey Cortana" won't wake her up on an iPhone like it does on Windows 10 devices (assuming you have the feature turned on). And while not stated in the announcement,... Read more...
Part of Microsoft's strategy to unite different devices to a single ecosystem means offering the same services and features across the board. One of those features is Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, which is available on Windows 10. It will also be available for the Xbox One, though not until sometime next year, at least officially. Don't feel like waiting? You might not have to. A Reddit forum member posted a quick and dirty guide on how to unlock Cortana on the Xbox One, provided you're running the latest Xbox One Experience Preview. The first thing that came to mind when I read it was... Read more...
Since Windows 10's launch this past summer, millions upon millions of people have been able to take advantage of Microsoft's AI assistant Cortana. Admittedly, though, there are areas other than just a desktop or notebook where the usefulness of Cortana could prove a boon. Consoles, such as the Xbox One, would be a great example, since people typically won't have a mouse and keyboard in front of them, and thus can't easily tap away to get quick information on something. It's for that reason that Cortana's appearance on the Xbox One has been no doubt yearned by many. As unfortunate as it is, though,... Read more...
Microsoft is one of the countless number of companies that is aiming to make an impact on the automotive market. Rather than go the route of Apple and create its own vehicle, or lend its hand to autonomous driving, the company wants Cortana infused into our future vehicles. It's hard to consider this revelation too surprising, as it almost seems like an inevitable move on Microsoft's part. This isn't a rumor, either, but instead is something confirmed by Samuel Shen, the chief operating officer of Microsoft's Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group, during the TechDays Taiwan conference... Read more...
It's no secret that Cyanogen OS co-founder and CEO Kirt McMaster wants to disrupt the mobile market with what he perceives as a better version of Android. He's made comments in the past that, when repeated today, cause investors to squirm, though beyond his unwavering confidence in Cyanogen OS exists a plan of action. Part of that plan includes integrating Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant into the next version of Cyanogen OS.Actually, it's more than just part of his plan, it's a key component. McMaster understands that the mobile OS market is currently a two-participant race -- Android and... Read more...
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...
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