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Move Over Siri, Cortana is the New Girl in Town

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Microsoft is currently working on a Windows Phone 8.1 update which will allegedly include a Siri-like personal assistant codenamed “Cortana.” Cortana will allow users to interact with their headset using voice commands, much like Siri. Cortana will also be able to learn and adapt as you continue to use “her.” However, it seems neither Siri nor Cortana can make me chocolate chip cookies, so I am still out of luck.

Oh, and in case you didn’t know. Cortana is a character in Halo.

Steve Ballmer has claimed that all Microsoft devices will come with “a self-enabled shell.” So it’s safe to assume Cortana will be available for Windows Phone, Windows and XBox One. Although we’re not sure how exactly Cortana will work, The Verge has obtained additional screenshots of the Cortana interface.

All photos: The Verge

According to the Verge: “It looks like Microsoft is testing the ability to pull in weather information, notifications, and calendar events into a single central interface. The interface also includes location information, and access to Bluetooth controls.”

It’s not clear exactly how Cortana will work on Windows Phone, but screenshots of Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this year revealed that Microsoft is already testing the technology. The Verge has obtained additional screenshots of Cortana in action. It looks like Microsoft is testing the ability to pull in weather information, notifications, and calendar events into a single central interface. The interface also includes location information, and access to Bluetooth controls. Microsoft has previously shown concepts of a voice-activated personal assistant for Windows Phone, and it could be ready to now make it a reality.Cortana

 

 

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