Cortana gets extra sassy on Arsenio

And you thought the real Cortana had some attitude.

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Cortana gets extra sassy on Arsenio



Not really. WP has always been able to do what Siri does without voice. They are adding voice to it and some more features.

OMG I don't believe this comment. Copycat feature? Spoken like someone who not only did not see the keynote but also doesn't get this at all. But then, I forgot Apple invented colored phones with the 5c.

Fanboy logic: Cortana, not a copycat feature. Siri is shit. Apple patents a keyboard design for the iPad? Total Surface ripoff. Apple releases colored smartphones? Total Nokia rippoff. Look, I love Windows Phone, but people need to realize that all three of the big players, Apple, Microsoft and Google, all borrow features from each other. Grow up.

I have to agree. Siri was the first on a mobile phone to try to be a digital assistant - able to take tasks like add an appointment to the calendar, etc.  Cortana is a copy in the way that the iPhone was a copy of Windows Mobile/Palm, or the way the iPod was a copy of Creative Labs player (or before that a Pocket PC with Media Player). Cotrana is no doubt a response to Siri and Google Now. MS is doing it their own way and IMO doing it better.

Siri is an updated version of TellMe

Cortana is updated version of Siri.

Also, TellMe first appeared on Windows Mobile 6.5, then later on Windows Phone.

Lippidp, pallentx, KMF79 are all wrong MS had shown personal assistant features a year before Siri was even announced. Which is why IMO Apple released it beta first.


So read first before commenting you might get a few surprises.

So, a marketing video about vaporware proves what exactly? Help me understand. Additionally, Siri was purchased by Apple in April 2010, 6 months before Windows Phone even launched. Apple gave their personal assistant a name. Microsoft never had a name for their voice control. It says "Powered by Tellme" or something in small print when you launch it. Now, Microsoft have given it a name, Cortana. Anyone who claims it is not a copycat feature just doesn't want to face the truth.


Of course the tech world, music biz, movies, TV, and books all copy each other. That's been going on forever.


Let me tell u guys one thing a notification pannel and a digital assistant are two of the must have features on todays smartphones so if any os adapts those features it does not become a copycat feature like having a calling feature on diff mobile phones is not a copycat feature it is a must have that is what makes it a mobile phone ....so all it is abt which is better and we can clearly see here that cortana is far better than siri so.....yup ms and cortana wins this one

Apple DID NOT give Siri the name. Siri was a third party app for IOS that Apple purchased.

I definitely know this to be true since I was one of the disgruntled when Apple blocked the app from working.

FYI the word copycat is why everyone went off and being the first one to make it marketable doesn't actually mean you created the actual technology

If you want to follow that path, almost everything nowadays is copycat of something. Since IBM released  Simon Personal Communicator - first touch-screen phone - Apple Newton, Palm, PocketPC, Symbian, Android, iOS, WP... copied and improved on that concept. Voice-controlling device is also an old concept - I don't know where it started, but there were apps to let you voice control PocketPC devices, namely Voice2Go among the others. Siri is using those basic principles with natural speech recognition, as developed (and licensed) by Nuance, who also happen to make and sell dictation software for Windows and OSX, called Dragon Naturally Speaking. Beside Nuance, Novaris (recently purchased by Apple) also develops natural speech recognition software - it is believed Apple purchased them because Nuance didn't want to go exclusive with Apple - while MS seems to be relying more on their in-house Bing development team, which develops Bing Information Platform, a knowledge database behind Cortana. However, BIP is not supposed to be closed system, but instead interlinks with other established services for weather, restaurants/hospitality, sports and other interests.

The iPhone had voice controls before Windows Phone even came out. It wasn't super useful, but then again, neither is TellMe. 

This is true. I actually paid $20 for it at CompUSA in 2003 I think. My point of Cortana being a copycat feature is that Microsoft could have made Cortana 10 years ago, but didn't. It was only when Siri was bought by Apple and integrated with the OS did Microsoft think about Cortana.

Damn straight. I remember using Voice Command on my iPaq in what, 2003?  "When is my next meeting?" (this would read off your next meeting title, location, and time), "Show me <friend name> at home" (this would bring up a map using that person's home address), stuff like that. Microsoft had this technology out there LONG before the iPhone or Siri even existed. Apple adds more functionality and releases something similar and suddenly they're sooooo innovative!

PocketPC came out in 2001. That was the year Apple upped their game and started stomping all over Microsoft with the iPod introduction. And if you really want to dig back in time for voice recognition, IBM had Shoebox in 1960s. 

And to clarify.. I think Siri is mostly useless. I never use it on my iPhone. Cortana looks much more capable, and I love that you can use text entry on top of voice entry. 

I still remember using LG windows mobile. Everytime a new message arrived the phone asked me if I want to reply. And I use to say yes or no as the case may be.

Hey that's not fair... The Lakers are going through a rebuilding phase and we have half our team out on injury... I mean if we can not be last place in the west with brazemore and hill, young, and Kaman then I have to demand some credit for them

True. Out of players healthy enough to play, the Lakers have had the worst lineup in the NBA. It's amazing that they aren't in last place.

LMAO..They both fight really well. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing this. I'm sure MS and Apple must have had a hearty laugh seeing this.

Stop posting video.... I am just waiting for the news that wp8.1 is coming on that day,.. Please.... Make it quick

Yaa release the update so that we can get excited for the next thing that is WP 8.2 new devices with cutting edge technology

WPCentral are soo mean and they do not want to release the update just because they are secretly working with Apple and Google. Right Daniel? right? I mean common! Microsoft is begging you to release the update and WPCentral are like "let's tease it first"
tl;dr WPCentral controls Microsoft and Daniel is evil enough to cover the fact that they do

Now I realize that google now does not a name like a personality. It would be great to have good now with "I only do search...lol."

How about bill gates star
in a siri vs WP commercial. Results not typical in small letters at the bottom

Who is he? I would visit Wikipedia. Back in the 90s he provided a platform that helped launch some of the most successful music artists careers. He's a legend in many eyes.

Now he's back from a long hiatus with this new show.

WP is finally getting some solid exposure thanks to Cortana. We'll see if it does anything for sales.

Exactly my point. Cortana does both while google now is stuck in offering blue links. Accept that Cortana is better and will get even better.

Programmed by Nene Leakes hahaha. This whole thing was pretty funny. Nice to see WP getting more exposure even in satire.

That was awesome! I'm showing this video to my iPhone using girlfriend when she gets home.

Good exposure for a product that is not even release yet. I am comfortable to say that Windows Phone is on par with both Android and IOs feature wise. With with universal app, we are going to get a new breath of apps and streamline experience.

What kind of an article is this? How about actually reporting on the contents of the video and offering some insight into it, particularly for those of us who can't watch the video right now. An article that is nothing more but a hyperlink is not an article.

It's a comedy bit, there's nothing to really report on other than the Arsenio show did a 'bitch fight' between Siri and Cortana like they were two real girls.

Is this real? If yes then me and my brother who has an iPhone are gonna have some fun.. Atleast I would as Siri would be burned.. :D

Microsoft has a serious edge when it comes to marketing here. By basing their assisstant after a popular character from the Halo universe, they are getting instant exposure and unlike any of the other assisstants, Cortana has a face and body that can be referenced to. I mean, what does Siri look like?

One thing is certain, Cortana has picked up a lot of Hype, in a good sense. This is good for Windows Phone. People could start looking for "the phone that runs Cortana".

I only wish they would've used the Cortana graphic from the Halo games, so you see her instead of a blue HAL-9000 spot.

That wasn't the point of it; he was trying to point out how voice recognition systems often "mis-hear" things said to them because they don't have the ability to put what they are hearing in the context of the sentence; in other words, a comprehension problem.