The Verge has gotten an exclusive look at Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, and I have some bad news for any gamer who’s been eagerly anticipating this digital assistant. The Windows Phone 8.1 “Cortana” looks absolutely nothing like the Cortana you know and love from the Halo series.
This must be so upsetting for you all. I’ll let you take a moment.
Cortana won’t have a human face when you’re asking for her help. Instead, she will appear as an animated blue ring. Apparently, said ring will move and react when responding to queries and assignments. But hey, at least she’s still blue?
Your dream Cortana is about to take another hit, too. The Verge also says nothing about Jen Taylor. So she probably won’t be voicing Cortana too.
Suddenly, a Windows Phone isn’t looking so good, huh?
On the plus side, the Cortana digital assistant may not resemble one of gamers favorite characters, but it sounds as though it will be good at its “job.” Like Siri, Cortana will have a sense of humor, and be able to answer basic questions and perform some tasks for users. Unlike Siri, Cortana will have a Notebook system, which will let her remember your name, location data, notifications, and common behaviors. She’s also confirmed to tap into both Bing and Foursquare to provide more comprehensive information for users.
Still, all information about Cortana shouldn’t be considered absolutely final just yet. She’s a work in progress, and we won’t have 100% definite guidelines and abilities until at least the Microsoft Build Developer Conference on April 2, 2014. Only then will we have some idea of Cortana’s full capabilities, and whether or not she will even still be called Cortana.
But, even if her name does change, she’ll always be Cortana to us. And I’m sure more than a few people will opt to have her call them “Master Chief.”
Source [The Verge]