Thursday, March 6, 2014

Microsoft's answer to Siri and Now..!

Microsoft is reportedly working on an answer to Apple's iPhone voice assistant, Siri and Google's assistant, Now. The new voice assistant will ship with Windows 8.1. smartphones. From the video (see below), it looks like Cortana will learn about the mobile user by asking a few questions and adapt its behaviour to the needs, preferences and interests of the user. It looks like it will perform various services like making calls, sending messages, setting reminders, alarms, checking mails, stock prices, etc similar to what Siri and Now do. What is interesting is that with this news, the holy trinity of Smartphone OS - Android, iOS and Windows have all reaffirmed that the next generation mobile interface is via speech. 

Watch Cortana at work here in the YouTube video below..

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