Cortana

The Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers has been in the public's hands for just over two weeks now. One of the more anticipated features of Windows Phone 8.1 is Cortana.

For those just joining us, Cortana is Windows Phone 8.1's intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Think of it as Siri's better looking cousin. And while released in Beta form and only in the U.S. Market (officially) many were eager to start asking Cortana everything from "will you marry me?" to "what's the temperature in Kelvin?"

There's a discussion going on over in the WPCentral Forums on new responses readers have discovered during their interactions with Cortana. These new discoveries help keep Cortana fresh but we're curious, how often do you really use Cortana? Is she still feeling the love?

Cortana can come in handy for setting up appointments, hands-free calling and messaging, location or person based reminders as well as the novelty questions. Pin Cortana to your Start Screen and you'll get news items sent to the Live Tile to keep you up on current events.

And while new responses are being discovered help keep Cortana fresh, some readers would like to see Microsoft concentrate on the synthesized voice and further integration. Personally, I'd like to see Bing Vision integrated into Cortana.

But how often do you talk to Cortana? Not everyone is comfortable talking to their Windows Phone in the public and rely on the old-school keyboard method of entering appointments, reminders, and text messages. I have to admit I probably get some strange looks as I create text messages on the run using Cortana but if I'm in a store or restaurant, I keep things low profile and use the keyboard.

If you've discovered a new line from Cortana, this will be the forums discussion to sound off in and we've got an entire forums section dedicated to all things Cortana if you want to strike up a different conversation. Also, don't forget to check out our Cortana Topic Page that has all the latest news, tips and tricks for Cortana.

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