Cortana now understands Klingon, 'ej majQa'!
To celebrate the launch of the Lumia 830 here in the UK, as well as the Star Trek convention this week in London, Microsoft has taught Cortana some new phrases in Klingon, possibly utilizing the translation functionality of Bing. The virtual assistant is now able to understand and respond to various phrases, providing some humorous themed replies for Star Trek fans.
From "beam me up" to "do you know commander data" and even "Star Wars or Star Trek?", it's possible to experience something beyond the stars on your smartphone. There's nothing new in terms of functionality, but it's a small giggle, nonetheless. And if you happen to be in company of some Klingons, be sure to check out Bing Translate.
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Also keep in mind that the language engine they use gets faster at learning new languages with each new one it learns. So while Klingon may not be especially useful to most end users, it does help the engine learn other languages faster.
Today MS use a lot of developers to make Cortana, instead of using their resources to make Windows Phone a better OS with more and better functions. For what purpose? Making Cortana speak Klingon!?
For instance they could listened more to all the uservoice suggestions, instead of putting so much resources into something so useless as Cortana! How funny is it using Cortana after the first 30 times of testing functions.... "Oh my, so funny to hear my phone speak Klingon....lol"...
Still we don't have a good enough native calendar in WP with basic functionality... It is not even possible to search for an event you wrote earlier, and birthdays reminds you a day too early.... Yes, I can install another calendar, but none of them is good enough and looks like a mess!
Sorry for being grumpy about this, but when it comes to this Cortana-hype I must say I'm disappointed in MS!
First choice should be basic functionality, and funny stuff...like Cortana should become second or even better....third!