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Following in the footsteps of Siri and Google Now, Microsoft looks to be on track to release its own personal digital assistant --?dubbed Cortana --?later this spring.

Cortana


Cortana will bow in beta form on Nokia's Lumia devices in April, according to a report from Microsoft watchers MSFTnerd. The Siri competitor will feature the voice of Jen Taylor, the same actress who played the eponymous artificial intelligence companion in Microsoft's blockbuster Halo franchise.

Unlike competitive offerings from Apple and Google, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is said to be planning a rollout that extends beyond mobile devices. After jumping from Windows Phone to iOS in the fall of 2014, Cortana will makes its way to the company's Xbox and Windows platforms next year.

Windows users seeking a way to get an early glimpse at the technology can do so in Microsoft's Bing Translator app for Windows. The publication says Microsoft has already begun to roll out Cortana-derived improvements to the app's speech recognition system.

Cortana was first unveiled last year, and is expected to form an integral part of Microsoft's future device interfaces. Based on technology created for the company's Bing search engine, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote in a memo that Cortana-like technology will play a key role in a future "service-enabled shell."

"Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world," he wrote, adding that it will "broker information among our services to bring them together on our devices in ways that will enable richer and deeper app experiences."
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HER.

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"Cortana" sounds like a synthetic shoe material, or maybe a new model of car, not a lovable female voice assistant.

But then she's just conceived of as a "service-enabled shell." Are these guys maybe tone deaf or what? Maybe I should "Bing" that: "Microsoft tone deaf" . . .

They're Zuned, unless they get someone with taste working there. Or Longhorned.
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Magical, LOL. If she says "Contact your system administrator" then nothing has changed.

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post #5 of 82

Clippy reincarnated!

 

"Looks like you're trying to make a call, would you like some help with that?"

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They do realize "Cortana" goes insane, right?

 

- Jasen.

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What the ...?!!! That's my GF's picture there!

 

ROFLMAO

 

On a more serious note ... Cortana, what is BSOD?

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post #8 of 82
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 Cortana will bow in beta form on Nokia's Lumia devices in April...

 

Surely that should be: "Cortana will blow in beta form on Nokia's Lumia devices in April..."

 

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They do realize "Cortana" goes insane, right?

- Jasen.

And then gets killed.

Excellent choice for a Microsoft phone A.I.

(For those unaware, Cortana is the name of the Master Chief's artificial intelligence companion that assists him in the Halo game series)
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You're likely to get long, detailed responses as she doesn't have that many people to talk to.
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Surely that should be: "Cortana will blow in beta form on Nokia's Lumia devices in April..."
 

Well, technically, you have to bow to blow, so it could be construed correct.
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post #12 of 82

And the male voice is going to be called Durandal? Or Tycho?

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(For those unaware, Cortana is the name of the Master Chief's artificial intelligence companion that assists him in the Halo game series)

Well then SteamOS can have a voice assistant based on the creepy AI from Portal, GLaDOS.

Sony will fall back on its back catalog of movies and find 2001: A Space Odyssey in its MGM collection.

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They do realize "Cortana" goes insane, right?



 



- Jasen.


 



Aren't all women a little bit insane? Lol

Besides, what male would love a half nude digital female dancing around on their desktop!

Wait, isn't there an app for that!
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Who names stuff at Microsoft? Their names are always terrible.
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I am looking forward to this. IMO, Apple has really dropped the ball with Siri. The performance is poor (Apple's online efforts have been consistently subpar, IMO). Additionally, it still isn't on Mac OS X.

 

Will be good to see MS put some pressure on Apple to upgrade their performance in this area.

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Microsoft innovating and leading the pack, as usual. LOL
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Microsoft is consistently terrible at naming their products/services.

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They do realize "Cortana" goes insane, right?



 



- Jasen.


 



Aren't all women a little bit insane? Lol

Besides, what male would love a half nude digital female dancing around on their desktop!

Wait, isn't there an app for that!

Someone put this up the other day. It bears repeating:

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I guess Clippy and Bob never worked out. Let's try out a different assistant each decade. lol
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Magical ?! Where have I heard that before.
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... and of course she's blue.
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Cortana will visually fit right in with the BSOD. Will we rename Windows malware to The Flood? Who am I kidding...Windows is The Flood.

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Microsoft is consistently terrible at naming their products/services.

Cortana sounds better than Microsoft Voice Assistant for Windows Phone.

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Well then SteamOS can have a voice assistant based on the creepy AI from Portal, GLaDOS.

Now THAT would be cool!

Why is nobody calling their A.I. Hal?
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That's insulting!

Remember:

Women have MANY faults,
Men have only TWO.
Everything they say,
And everything they do.

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Who am I kidding...Windows is The Flood.


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LOL!

I'm too scared to even consider what happens if you try and do a secure delete.
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"Cortana" sounds like a synthetic shoe material, or maybe a new model of car, not a lovable female voice assistant.
But then she's just conceived of as a "service-enabled shell."
They're Zuned, . . . Or Longhorned.

 

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Magical, LOL. If she says "Contact your system administrator" then nothing has changed.

 

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Clippy reincarnated!

"Looks like you're trying to make a call, would you like some help with that?"

 

 

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Microsoft is consistently terrible at naming their products/services.

 

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Someone put this up the other day. It bears repeating:

 

You all get ten points from me.

[If it were possible for me to award them.]

For me Microsoft is an endless source of wonder, shock, disbelief, and entertainment.

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Not quite sure why but that picture makes me think of the pre cogs from Minority Report.

Me: Show me google search results for restaurants near me:
Cortana: Here are your Bing! search results for restaurants near Redmond, WA
Me: Uh, no, I asked for GOOGLE results for restaurants near ME.
Cortana: Here are Bing! search results for restaurants in MAINE.
ME: Uh, no, GOOGLE search for restaurants near where I am now.
Cortana: There are no restaurants near Wil.i.am at this time.
Me: forget it.
Cortana: I do not know what you mean by "forget it"
Me:
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It makes a certain amount of sense to use the name and image of Cortana. They already own the rights. It's a fairly unique name, avoiding most issues with real people's names. And the character from Halo already has a lot of positive emotion associated with it.

 

But they also only have one shot to get this right. If they pull a Zune, Vista, or Windows 8 with this one they will destroy a lot more than the ability to use the name without triggering negative emotions, I suspect they'll also damage the Halo franchise, and possibly everything associated with it, like Xbox—the one real bright spot at Microsoft right now.

 

This all makes me wonder if anyone is taking advantage of IBM's developments in Watson.

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Voice of Uma Thurman, too?

 

btw: "almost magical" doesn't cut it

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Cortana! Reeks Microsoft
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It makes a certain amount of sense to use the name and image of Cortana. They already own the rights. It's a fairly unique name, avoiding most issues with real people's names. And the character from Halo already has a lot of positive emotion associated with it.

 

But they also only have one shot to get this right. If they pull a Zune, Vista, or Windows 8 with this one they will destroy a lot more than the ability to use the name without triggering negative emotions, I suspect they'll also damage the Halo franchise, and possibly everything associated with it, like Xbox—the one real bright spot at Microsoft right now.

 

This all makes me wonder if anyone is taking advantage of IBM's developments in Watson.

Even if it's a flop, there'll still probably be a couple of interesting aspects worth Apple / Google taking note of.

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I'm going to a blue bulb and my GF a wig just like that photo! :)

 

Best.

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Scariest female name ever.
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Who names stuff at Microsoft? Their names are always terrible.

 



Actually I believe Bungie picked Cortana's name. Bungie was the initial creator of the Halo universe. Of course Microsoft recognized something good and bought Bungie.
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One more thing for Ballmer's replacement to deal with. It's like Ballmer is making it harder and harder for the new CEO to have any latitude to improve things, thereby making it harder to find anyone who will take the job.

The way things are going MS will hire from within and announce that Steve Ballmer will take the open CEO position, and break dancing will ensure everywhere.
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post #38 of 82
Reminds me of the Morgana fortune telling machine from the 70''s.

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Originally Posted by GTR View Post
(For those unaware, Cortana is the name of the Master Chief's artificial intelligence companion that assists him in the Halo game series)

 

Microsoft can’t make anything popular on their own. They have to piggyback the success of others.

 

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And the male voice is going to be called Durandal? Or Tycho?

 

Knowing Microsoft, they’ll call it Penitent Tangient.

 

Originally Posted by bmd0019 View Post
Who names stuff at Microsoft?

 

In this case, Bungie.

 

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Mental illness.

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Voice of Uma Thurman, too?

 

btw: "almost magical" doesn't cut it

 

This is Microsoft, that should be "almost works"!

 

Hear that?  That's the sound of answers being added to Siri's humor repertoire when asked about Cortana.  Can't wait!

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