Cortana: Microsoft's Answer to Siri and Google Now

Cortana: Microsoft's Answer to Siri and Google Now

The Verge reports that Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, the company's answer to Google Now and Siri. Sources have revealed that the voice assistant will replace the built-in Bing search functionality in the update.

A key part of Cortana is its ability to save information and data in a Notebook system. Notebook will allow the Cortana digital assistant to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information.

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Microsoft's personal voice assistant is named after a character from the Halo game series. Cortana will also allow users to ask about flight information, emails, and it will be able to generate notification (ie. reminders) like Google Now.

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Microsoft is expected to release Windows Phone 8.1 at its upcoming Build developers conference in April, where Cortana will reportedly also be announced.

[Image Credit: The Verge]

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