Looks like there is a new voice assistant in town going by the name of Cortana. If it sounds familiar to you, then you must be a Halo fan (the popular video game). Cortana is named after one of the AI characters.
Cortana is going be your new best friend on the new Windows Phone 8.1 – coming out soon! Apparently, this new character is taking what Siri does and taking it a step further. Some of the additional features this voice assistant has is that she will first get to know you on a more personal level. According to some leaks, first she asks you what nickname you want to be called, then goes through a series of questions assessing your favorite things, hobbies, daily activities etc. Not sure what she plans to do with this information, but it makes me suspicious…
Another leaked feature that she apparently has is called “quiet hours”. When you enter quiet hours – Cortana handles your calls and texts as well as silencing all other features. By “handles” them, does that mean that she answers them, or that they’re simply silenced? Sounds like something I’ve seen before…called “silent mode”. But hey maybe there’s more to it, we will just have to wait and see.
Watch this leaked video to see how she works.
Let the battles of Siri vs Cortana begin!