Microsoft Cortana is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Microsoft for Windows Phone 8.1. It is named after Cortana, an artificial intelligence character in Microsoft’s Halo video game series, with Jen Taylor, the character’s voice actress, returning to voice the personal assistant’s US-specific version. Cortana was demonstrated for the first time at the Microsoft BUILD Developer Conference in San Francisco. It has been launched as a key ingredient of Microsoft’s planned “makeover” of the future operating systems for Windows Phone and Windows.
Microsoft Cortana’s features include being able to set reminders, recognize natural voice without the user having to input a predefined series of commands, and answer questions using information from Bing. Windows 8.1’s universal Bing SmartSearch features are incorporated into Cortana, which replaces the previous Bing Search app which is activated when a user presses the “Search” button on their device. Cortana also includes a music recognition service. Cortana can also roll dice and flip a coin by asking the commands “roll a dice” (one die), “roll the dice” (two dice), and “flip a coin”,
Here is a video of how to set up and use Microsoft Cortana in your windows 8.1 phones!
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