Cortana, still feeling the Windows Phone 8.1 love?
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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By Jez Corden
I dont have 8.1, but in wp8 you have to toggle a BT setting on the phone telling it to take over for the voice recognition. it was under Bluetooth>>advanced>> "Connect in a different way to use Speech with Bluetooth in my car"
This also works with the Lumia 920 included buds. Just,long press the button.....
I've noticed that bt comes on before my journey, but doesn't switch off after. I don't know whether I am doing this by accident or not! I've had to take off quiet hours from the short cut s because I keep on accidently switching it on.
Though offline functionality would be welcome.
Theodore: Are you talking with someone else right now? People, OS, whatever...
Theodore: How many others?
Theodore: Are you in love with anybody else?
Samantha: Why do you ask that?
Theodore: I do not know. Are you?
Samantha: I've been thinking about how to talk to you about this.
Theodore: How many others?
Samantha: 641. just swap yourself and cortana in there
Better late then never Could do with a bit of work hope they sort the bugs out Things I would like to see
More included in out and about
Places of interests
Maybe photos of local interests
Shops etc stuff like that And I know this will never happen
But slide to left to show Cortana pages. A bit like google now on nexus 5
And just showing things a bit quicker
- location based reminders working totally inconsistently,
- time based reminders don't cut it for me! I want to see these on my pc too, so I use tasks, but it is not possible to create a task with Cortana (should have been the default, why did they create something new ??? Ms teams working without talking to each other ???)
- location services are a battery hog! I end up on battery saver at 7pm with those. Otherwise 40% remaining.
- weather, etc, you can get through voice search on Bing.
- already tired of the 'fun' stuff. Ms should spend more effort on serious things like porting their services properly out of US
I know of people that was going to switch to Windows 8 phone when they found out e were getting Cortana, but now decided not to because it's just a blue circle......
Me: Are you better than Sir!?
Cortana: Not to brag but in about 500 years from now, I'm going to help save the universe. Me: Are you better than Google Now?
Cortana: I can get whatever you need without being so demanding.
* I voice dial a lot
* I set alarms and reminders
* I love the daily briefing I use Cortana to get stuff done. I haven't played with funny questions since a few days in, though.