Microsoft updates Cortana with recommendations for nearby places and local apps

Yesterday we saw Cortana get updated on the background with a few changes or Windows Phone 8.1. If you went into Cortana's Interests you'd see a local events finder. Microsoft stated that they'd be updating Cortana every few weeks. Today some users see a few more categories under the Interest's section – recommendations for nearby places and local apps.

We're not seeing the update on our phones yet, but we've go the screenshots to show off the feature. Be sure to check to see if it's rolled out to you.

Nearby places

Cortana Best Nearby

With nearby places, Cortana will give you recommendations for places to eat, shop, eat, drink and hang out based on Foursquare's location database. You'll find locations based on popularity, newness and buzz.

Local apps

Cortana Local Apps

With local apps, Cortana will give you suggestions when apps are available for nearby events and attractions. Visiting Park City, UT in the winter? Then Cortana could recommend an app for the local ski resorts. Going to Disneyland? She'd probably recommend the official Disneyland app (if we had one).

These are two very cool features rolling out to users. To check if you have them, go to Cortana -> Menu (Hamburger icon in top right) -> Interests -> Discover and look for 'best nearby' or 'local apps'.

Did they show up for you? We're not seeing them yet, but want to know if you do!

Thanks for the tip Jessica!

Sam Sabri