Monday, 7 April 2014

Cortana, Microsoft’s Answer to Siri and Google

There are scores of things about Microsoft’s Windows Phone that are nice, however one in every of the essential challenges it faces is that it’s still in catch-up mode with Apple’s iOS and Google’s android. Here at the company’s Build developer conference in san francisco, Windows Phone boss Joe Belfiore simply showed off a major little bit of catch-up: Cortana, a voice personal assistant typically comparable to Siri and Google currently.

It’s dangerous to evaluate one thing like this from a demo, since someone like Belfiore’s solely attending to boast options that job well — though his demo had a number of glitches, therefore we all know it wasn’t outrigged. however overall, Cortana looked and measured smart. The voice synthesis is imposingly natural, and she understands complex requests like “Next time I speak with my sister, remind me to raise concerning her new puppy.” you'll be able to like better to give Cortana with access to your email, therefore she will be able to realize things like flight plans so cue you concerning them and warn you to changes.

The service also will give hooks into third-party apps, permitting you to try and do things like add a specific show to your Hulu queue by speaking. And if you don’t desire speaking, Cortana additionally accepts typewritten input.

Named after an artificially intelligent holograph from the Xbox’s Halo games and high-powered by Bing, Cortana looks to try and do all the items you’d guess that she — Microsoft is extremely clear that Cortana could be a woman — would do. you'll be able to produce alarms, reminders and appointments; raise concerning stuff just like the weather and sports scores; launch apps

Cortana goes to ship as a beta, initially solely during a U.S. version, as a part of Windows Phone eight.1. (The operating-system upgrade will appear on new phones in late Apr or early might, and can be obtainable as an upgrade for existing phones within the next few months

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