Cortana now showing weather info more frequently on the Live Tile

Since one year ago, Cortana has been displaying weather information on the Live Tile, including current conditions in number form and weather animations. However, back then Cortana would mostly run this feature only in the early morning, as noted in our forums in 2014.

Nevertheless, starting over the weekend, Microsoft evidently has increased the frequency of this feature past the early morning. In fact, it now appears to be the default status tile for Cortana if you have the weather interest enabled.

The feature is rather simple: on one side of the tile is an icon of the current weather, the other side are the current conditions, including location and temperature. It is a nice nod to Cortana's otherwise static tile that only reveals new information if something is breaking. Then again, we imagine some of you may find it redundant if you use another weather app on your Start screen.

'You Be The Judge' in action

Another feature that is now working is You Be the Judge. As we mentioned over the weekend, Bing Predicts is now working with American Idol. If you happen to Bing search that topic, and you have 'You Be the Judge' enabled under Cortana's Interests, you may notice the screen above. It lets you pick whom you think will win the contest making Cortana more interactive.

In the future, we imagine such a tool will be used for larger scale events like the Oscars, Super Bowl, World Series, and other matches with a large interest. Like usual, it is clever and fun.

Belfiore Easter Egg

Finally, there is an Easter Egg that some of us did not know about within Cortana. Evidently, if you ask Cortana "Do you know Joe Belfiore?" she responds with "He's been talking to computers since they spoke BASIC. My kind of guy."

The inside joke was spotted by Shouvik Roy on Twitter, later retweeted by Belfiore himself, completing the joke.

Have you noticed anything else new in Cortana? Let us know in comments.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • My weather has been showing up all of the time. I thought Cortana was broken for a second lol.
  • Mine cotana is not showing
  • I love it, much more useful than the halo
  • after the newest update came from microsoft WP8.1.1 i tried to switch language and region into US and it didnt give me an option to have Cortana... i live in Finland when it was developrt preview i was able to get the cortana but now i cant... weird
  • What sized tile?  
  • Yeah, I've noticed it lately!!! Very happy to see this
  • Oh ok
  • Are you guys off the weekends??
  • The 22 articles we posted on the weekend, that you can find yourself, suggest 'no' as your answer.
  • Another Easter egg, just ask her "what's up" and listen to what she has to say. Only works for today.
  • Haha nice.
  • There's another Easter egg today, if you ask "What's Up" she will say about the Star Wars day! (Today) Here:
  • I've noticed this lately
  • She doesn't know Joe here in Germany :(
  • Do you know Bill Gates?
    Cortana: I quite literally can't imagine a world without him.
  • Ask her how Siri is doing.
  • I knew about the Joe belfiore Easter egg
  • The easter egg about Joe Belfiore has been there for ages.
  • True. Just noticed for 3-4 days.
  • I am from India but now cortana is showing weather from Malaysia... Cortana and other weather app also behave same type always Malaysia.... While I search my location its showing correctly...
  • Great to know, that explains why I see it so often since a few days. ^^
  • Hey can I have your start background image?? Its beautiful.. :)
  • Yeah I like it too. And I want that accent colour as well :(
  • I wish Cortana could show the weather on the lock screen. And show MLB score updates on the live tile instead of just game time info!
  • How do I enable this (weather on the live tile)?
  • Cortana Settings>Weather
  • Opened Cortana. Clicked on the hamburger and settings. Nothing for weather. What am I missing?
  • Cortana >hamburger >interests> add new >weather
  • My mistake. Cortana>Interests>Weather near me> Turn it on & save.
  • Created live tile. Now lets see if it updates.
  • Cool :) Weather is shown 80% of the time in live tile now.
  • Placed tile on start screen twenty minutes ago. Made it as larger as possible. So far, all it says is Weather near me. No data. Would also be nice if it would display the actual location. But first, I would like to see the info.
  • Go to Cortana>Hamburger>Interests>Weather Near Me>Tap "See the latest weather near me". Then you'll be able to see weather on live tile.
  • Ok. Now I see the temperature. However. It is showing minimal info, unlike Amazing Weather HD, which also identifies the current location. It would be nice if Amazing could update more frequently, it is either every hour or half hour (at best).
  • Remember its not an app dedicated to show Weather. However if u wnt to see u've to go inside cortana. I use the default weather app frm MS. It gets me the job done & also its compatible with the glance screen. :)
  • Lumia 635. No glance screen. Waiting for the 640 ion the USA.
  • Good enough. In that case u cn try Accuweather.
  • If marked something in internet explorer then pressed the search button cortana starts searching for it on the web
  • I noticed that this morning. Thought I'd resized a weather app by mistake. Then again seeing as most weather apps don't work in Win10 it's a blessing.
  • Sadly, I'll not pin Cortana's tile unless Microsoft fix lag while having this tile on homescreen.
  • I'm pissed at Cortana. Everytime she went against Man U, they won. She picks them to win? They lose! I'm blaming her!
  • She's pretty inaccurate when it comes to predicting the Premier league.
  • Typing what's up on Cortana
    Shows quotes on Buddha purnima
    I'm from India.
    Did anyone else notice this?
  • I noticed it too.
  • I noticed it too
  • Ask her what's with the trivia and she says something about a space theme, anyone care to explain what this is about?
  • Omg that easter egg tho Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Hey Cortana, what time is it?
  • Seems like the weather is the only thing displaying on the live tile now.
  • I don't think you need to have searched for American Idol. I got the vote prompt and I never watch that show. Or search for it. Or care about it.
  • Now? It's showing to me since ages ago... And only now u guys noticed it?
  • Yes, I am loving it too.
  • Thanks Cortana! Now I don't need the weather app on my start screen.
  • First, they gotta fixa the lag when Cortana is pinned to startscreen. Can't even have it there, so it's kinda useless :(
  • I don't really want to know the weather mid day. I prefer Cortana to tell me breaking news and my Interests notifications in the Live Tiles during the day. The Live Tile should only display weather before 8:30 am. I have dedicated weather Apps with Live Tiles already
    I will try an tell Cortana I only want to know Weather early morning.
  • Noticed it two days ago!
  • This is great!  I love the subtle animations too when she quickly transforms from Cortana's circle to the weather icon.  Very subtle yet very beautiful!
  • Most WP users likely already have dedicated weather apps with tiles that show weather consistently.  If there are already dozens of popular apps that handle a particular task, that's probably something cortana doesn't need to worry about -- unless cortana can extend value with additional data, which doesn't appear to be the case here.
  • The value I see is that I don't have to keep a separate live tile for weather. Once I tap on Cortana tile, I can see weather information that I can click if I need to go to the Microsoft Weather app.
  • Cortana has been showing weather info all the time from last two days and I kinda like it (mostly due to the animations). I've other weather apps enabled but they do not update in real time... In fact accuweather's live tile wasn't working for a week
  • Saw that, very pleased.
  • On Lumia 830, when Cortana live tile is any other size except the smallest, the animation of Live tile loading, after exiting an app, is laggy. As soon as you remove Cortana live tile or make it the smallest possible size, all lag disappears. I never had this issue when I had Lumia 1020. I regret replacing it with a 830, but I had no choice, it developed some internal problems after a drop.
  • On a medium tile, the end of current location drops off the end of the tile. I actually find that pretty messy .. Blue Skies puts out a more aesthetically pleasing tile with how it renders the text.      
  • Cortana is so broken. Nothing works properly on mine, and they need to remove the 'football predictions' feature, I don't think Cortana has predicted one game correctly this season! Hope it gets better when out of Beta because I'd rather not have it on my phone atm.
  • NOt happenign for me on a small tile.  
  • Cortana has an Indian joke relating to potatoes (Aloo)
  • oh lovely cortana
  • NYC update I really like it...
  • I've never seen weather on Cortana. Just the animated circle. Is there a setting?
  • My 8 year old daughter asked me to remember her special doll when collecting her from school.  I tried 5 or 6 times to ask Cortana 'At 3:10pm remember to take Kelsey's doll to the school' and every time it couldn't write the note correctly.  I could hear my daughter laughing and when I looked up, she said can't it understand you again dad and just burst out laughing even more.  I think Cortana is trying to make a fool out of me in our house and now I know why the main thing I use it for are music searches.
  • Atleast ur daughter is happy :D
  • Ask Cortana "What do you think about Windows 10?" her response is "I'm exited to be a part of it."