How Microsoft Cortana Improves Upon Siri and Google Now

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As a Windows Phone adopter I am always happy to see these developments. WP8 is my favorite mobile platform and I continue to recommend it to everyone despite a few shortfalls. It is my hope that the shortcomings are quickly addressed as more people adopt the platform.
 

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Yes, Cortana is from Halo.

Nice article. I am very excited about Cortana and will be curious as to how well it works. I've decided to update to WP 8.1 via the Developers Preview program and am expecting the release any day now....
 

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Nice article, really shows how much voice assistance really has evolved over the years. I would be interested in seeing a version for desktops, and how the combined use would effect the performance of the service. Having a service that uses the same dataset to understand my voice while pulling relevant information based on my platform would be really interesting.
 

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Is Cortana come from Halo??
The entity is based on the Halo character. Owned by Microsoft, I believe.
Yes, the personal assistant to Master Chief. Many of Cortana's voices are also voiced by Jen Taylor and I believe eventually most of them will be.

Nice article, really shows how much voice assistance really has evolved over the years. I would be interested in seeing a version for desktops, and how the combined use would effect the performance of the service. Having a service that uses the same dataset to understand my voice while pulling relevant information based on my platform would be really interesting.
Some of this intelligence will come to Bing in the coming days -- I'm not exactly sure which parts, but some of the inference aspects at least.
 

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Looks like they've set their goals right, let's hope they can deliver the execution similarly well. Once someone else has already done it, you have to show up with something significantly better to become noteworthy.
 

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Very nice article. I like the idea of Microsoft incorporating Cortana in their smartphones. Most inportantly, it seems they have tried to improve on the current technology and will probably only get better. Plus unlike Siri, Cortana is actually a real character derived from the Halo series. Master Chief would be proud.
 

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Great article. I have read many news about Cortana but this write-up is the most comprehensive and detailed. I see Cortana way above Siri and Google Now and is leaning towards great waves for WP.
 

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5.) Cortana APIs

This is the big one for me. I might mess around with it myself. Too bad Microsoft has shat the bed with its "App Store" so far.
 

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Yeah uh uh ok, lets see what happens when Cortana suddenly goes rampant and your phone tries to murder you out of madness. Have fun, and just remember in cases like this, have Chief on speed dial
 

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There is a reason, Siri and Google Now don't provide access to APIs. As Google Now has almost every app permission. If they were to open up the APIs for Google Now, other apps can simply access Google Now permission and read / transmit almost everything Google Now has within it.
 

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Microsoft is the fastest follower in the industry. Kudos to Microsoft for developing what has already been developed and then spinning it as new tech.

Though I hope we can get Cortana with full body shots.
 
Anyone remember those stripper viruses that would add some naked chick dancing around on the bottom of your screen, and is also some horrible virus.

I want that with Cortana for my Window's 8 computers.

I mean... she's technically already naked. and if not naked, wearing a skin tight swim suit, which is basically what movie-grade strippers are, so same dif.

I think they should offer a male version though, call him Coltan or something.
 
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