Cortana now uses your name in Windows 10

Windows 10 and Cortana have recently had some updates on the backend. In fact, heading into the Insider Hub the top message is about how Cortana can now answer some common questions.

Another small but neat addition is Cortana can now respond to some questions using your name. For instance, asking Cortana if you will need an umbrella today the personal assistant will answer but interject your name. This response is in contrast to Windows Phone where the current response is a bit more robotic.

Although a small change, it is certainly a welcomed one. Cortana needs to go beyond just returning information and instead become more human like. With the Cortana service using your name, it certainly feels a little be more natural.

No word on when this feature will roll for current Cortana users on Windows Phone 8.1 or if they will have to wait until Windows 10 Mobile. The latest version of Windows 10 Mobile preview does not yet support this feature either, at least according to our tests.

Thanks, thaman04, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • "More Personal Computing"  -Satya Nadella... or whoever
  • HAHA or whoever  
  • Joe Belfiore*
  • More personal competing is all well and good but how does one restrict this service, or straight up turn it off?
  • I'd also like to know if it's possible to turn off OneDrive in Windows 10, or remove it via the "Add/Remove Windows Features" panel (if still exists).
  • Nope. But why would you want to anyway?
  • It is possible to turn off OneDrive you will have to use Group Policy Editor.
  • Now she will cal me Master muhahaha
  • i want cortana like " her movie " but it is getting so awesome
  • The movie "Her" was very awesome!
  • Really great movie!
  • I loved Her. That'll definitely be awesome and its slowly progressing towards that. Posted via the Windows Central App for iOS on my Lumia 940
  • Wow and to think that 5 years ago there were not so many people thinking how a digital personal assistant could help us... :)
  • Many still do... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This
  • Hope she would be released to all English users on windows 10 rather than the current state where you have to ne in certain regions to have her, and before she is released to other OSs
  • did you know that microsfoft had another digital assistance named tell me
  • And another called 'clippy' ;)
  • "Clippy" was "Shitty"
  • "Clippy" was 20 years ago... Including 20 years ago hardware!
  • Ash catchum
  • Wasn't TellMe the name of the voice recognition when you hold 'Windows button' to send text with voice/ect. on Windows Phone 7?
  • Yes, it wasn't an assistant -- just voice recognition. Also I think they've re-used the name for their type-for-suggestions feature in Office 2016.
  • Cortana often addresses my daughter by her name when she asked a question on her 521. I have a 1520 and she has yet to call me by name. What gives?
  • Cortana doesn't give me news on live tiles anymore, is it erratic or something?
  • I am kind of happy it doesn't give me news on the tile anymore. Every time I looked at my start screen I got bummed out by tragedy.
  • Same here, I've disabled most news live tiles, seems journalists only delight in negative news these days, can't remember when last the news has actually been 'good'. At least they should try to balance it, there's still some good in the world right, right?? :-(
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  • same here! Seems strange as you can set up how your name is pronounced...
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  • Yeah, but she never said your name in general responses.  Now she does :)
  • He meant "calling" not typing back. ala Siri.
  • if microsoft buy here maps integrate with Cortana they can win ppl from google. The reason of not buying here maps maybe bcoz it may not be profitable as even g maps aren't profitable to google.
  • HERE is already making money and owns the future of automotive. Then again in Nandela's hands who knows what would happen.
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  • One of the things that many of us requested when asked several months back. Nice to see it coming along...
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  • It can't even pronounce my name correctly :)
  • You can't even do that.  :)
  • You can't do that SIR hahahaha
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  • Nice!
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  • This^^
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  • Yep me
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  • That would be nice!
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  • Like.
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