Meet Cortana, Microsoft’s Siri

Microsoft Cortana

Microsoft Cortana

Microsoft has unveiled Cortana, a voice-based search tool for Windows Phone 8.1. Think of it as Siri or Google Now for Windows-based smartphones. The Bing-powered software will eventually replace the search functionality in Windows Phones, accessing it through a special Live Tile.

Cortana can make calls, send text messages, take notes, push alerts and sets alarms. Microsoft has also assured user it will work with third-party apps and has been working with the likes of Hulu and Facebook.

The software has similar functionalities as Siri and Google Now. For one, Cortana does not have to learn the user’s voice and tries to interact with the user as natural as possible. As shown during its demonstration, it remembers the user’s previous question so that they do not have to repeat themselves for a follow-up. Microsoft claims Cortana will become smarter over time the more often it is used, basing it on previous search requests, as well as the user’s interests and app usage.

Cortana is currently in beta form, so wait a bit more before it is officially launched.

Source: Engadget

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