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Does Cortana sound less robotic today?

Cortana is a really fun and useful feature on Windows Phone 8.1. She’s still a few centuries away from being conversational like in the Halo video games, but we’re big fans! Cortana is currently in beta for those in the United States, though many of you are using her globally after changing your region. And as a beta, Cortana will continue to improve and get better. Today we're getting a lot comments that Cortana sounds different. Does she?

Head into our forums and you’ll see a lively discussion about Cortana’s voice. A lot of you are reporting that she sounds different today. Jen Taylor, the voice actress behind Cortana, is actively recording with Microsoft. As the beta continues, you’ll hear changes in Cortana as she sounds more and more natural. Today it seems like a rollout occurred on the backend.

Microsoft is working with Jen Taylor to provide more of those witty one-liners, but also adding her voice to the overall Cortana vocabulary. Since this is a beta you’ll notice changes in Cortana as you continue to use Windows Phone 8.1.

Speaking of those one-liners, it appears a few good ones have been added or missed by the community. That same forum thread points out some things you should ask Cortana that we haven’t seen before. Try saying some of the following:

  • Are you Jen Taylor?
  • Are you a Democrat or Republican?

Not only does Cortana sound less robotic, but how she serves up answers appears to have improved as well. Hockey fans were a little put off when she confused periods for quarters. It appears her sports knowledge has been updated. We tested by asking her "What's the Pittsburgh Penguins score" and she responded appropriately by telling us the current period and score. 

Anyways. Let us know if you think Cortana’s voice sounds a little more natural and less robotic. It does to us and she clearly responds with a higher level of intelligence for some questions. We're excited to see her knowledge grow and the service improve throughout the beta.  

Via: Windows Phone Central Forums

Thanks for the tip everyone! 

310 Comments
  • Can't answer what time it is
  • Yeah. I sometimes ask "What time is it in Paris", and it just gives me a web search...
  • Nice for some, no Cortana in my neck of the woods. Why is that? Foogle and apple release everything world wide but MS really only supports the US where their WP market share is tanking.
  • Perhaps they're preparing for a better worldwide rollout than those two competitors had by tweaking it for a couple months first in one region?
  • Sort of true when Apple first put their Siri out it was only in USA . Now it rolls out to most but not all of the world as the updates added more languages. I am not sure about android
  • Apparently responds to "let me troll an article about you Cortana."
  • I noticed the sports questions too but she's been answering them since last week. I'll keep asking. Great to see them updating!
  • I know you are defending a beta product, but you are defending a beta product. It needs to improve. It's a beta.
  • And always will be.
  • Did you learn something today? so you're a beta too :p
  • Ie. Its a beta product. You shouldn't have to defend it
  • Markdotinc, thanks for reminding folks. I appreciate people's expectation of Cortana as though it should be on par with Siri and or Google Now, they constantly forget it is a beta on a developer preview window phone Os.
  • Ahaha you actually got me with that one. :)
  • Yes!!! Yes she does!! I was thinking that.. And, she learned a few more smirky little lines... I was going to bring this up earlier...
  • All she says is in German! Wtf?!
  • WOW SHE DOES!  How did I not even notice this since I've been using her all day? LOL  LIke there's more of a bounce in her voice and it almost sounds like a new voice altogether.  Love you Jen <3
  • Actually some parts still sound robotic, like 2 different voices.  For example when I asked "Do I have anything planned this weekend?"... I hear Jen first, and then the robot voice.
  • Yes, I've noticed the two voices.. I guess we can consider one the old, and one the new voice..
  • That's because it uses Jen Taylor and the original robotic voice that we had before Cortana. Depends on what you're asking.
  • Was thinking the same...
  • It's good to know no one can robotize my voice yet :p
  • The stock part of the answer eg "You have planned for today" is probably Jen. Then any specific info eg "go to the zoo" is robotic. Probably will be for a while....till Jen records all words.
  • Even recording all words wouldn't be enough. The inflection wouldn't match between words if she didn't say the sentence all at once.
  • Love her!!!  Here's some new ones / new responses: - You're sexy. - Are you drunk? - Do you sleep? <3
  • Ask her where she lives, or if she has a car.. Lol!
  • Ask her " are you at school?"
    LOL
  • Lol.. That's what "she" said when I asked her if she had a car..
  • Ask her if she has legs...
  • Some of these have already been known at launch. I remember one of the first ones I asked were "Where do you live" with a specific answer.
  • Just say testing to her:)
  • You know how she asks 3 times if you want her to read you your new text message? The third time she asked me with an attitude! :D
  • Yeah, that's the first thing I noticed.. Kinda wierd... Lol!!
  • Sounds exactly the same, come on.
  • Tell her she's beautiful and hear her reply! :P
  • Ask Cortana what if she likes you.lol
  • She tells me that there is no anything visual basic about me
  • It's probably because part is a canned response and part is the data part of the response. One is static, one is generated.
  • Cortana, do you love Siri?
  • She's always answered that one.. Lol!
  • When I asked her if she was Jen Taylor.... she replies, "Words Fail Me"..
  • There is actually a generic set of answers for anything that starts with 'Are you ...'. Similar to the set of answers for 'Would you ever do an AMA'.
  • Just asked her if she was high on drugs... "words fail me"
  • I tried that too and it thought I asked if i was dropping Taylor. When I tried again and it picked me up correctly, it said "off all the questions you could ask."
  • Lol!! Yeah that's a new response.. Kinda funny..
    ...................
    Has anyone noticed that Cortana gets a little louder, and bolder, if you don't answer her the first time?
    For example, if she ask "do you want me to read the message?", and you don't reply, when she ask again she raises her voice the second time.. It's kinda weird like she's mad that she's not being answered, or somthing.. Send yourself a message, and try it out.
  • I noticed that her tone does change. She kinda got upset with me earlier when she had to keep repeating herself.. lol I can't remember what was going on because I wasn't really trying to pay too much attention at the time I was driving.. But I'll see if I can piss her off again.. lol
  • I think that in just a little time these reviews are going to have to start saying that Cortana is the most human like PA.. That's gonna make Cortana sound much better than the others, and give more credibility to WP.. This is good work by MS... It also shows why MS can't afford to have pot devices, like XBM, on WP...
  • I got: "I would not, could not, in the rain. Not in the dark, Not on a train".   way too smart 4 me :p   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULDtgnQ0fy4   (4:40)
  • Lol
  • I first heard this response when I asked her if she has a brain
  • Sounds the same to me. Robot I mean. Was there a silent update or something?
  • Bing Search and Cortana can be updated in the backend without OS-level updates.
  • Aha thank you for that bit of information :D
  • Yup. Some does sound less robotic
  • Ask her "tell me a knock knock joke"
  • Just say "Cortana"... They finally added this one.. This should be useful when were able to wake our phones by calling Cortana..
  • Yeah !!! <3 "Right There Chief"
  • "Wake me when you need me."
  • "Alright, what time shall I set an alarm" made me lol
  • Yup! Sounds much more natural to me! Very impressed!
  • Great! She really changed, sounds more lively.
  • Cortana is mime
    ....back off
  • HAHAHHAA tell her "May the force be with you" and listen to what she says!!!
  • Oh snap haha
  • Nice! Awesome to see some specifically recorded ones with a lot of humor in them.
  • That accent!!!.. Now, that's something that Siri doesn't do, and that I never expected Cortana to do..
  • That's brand new too. She used to just say it normally... And that was when I checked in Sunday with that question ;)
  • It sounds awesome.. Maybe Monday they will add more.. I wonder what's coming to Cortana in future updates...❔❔❔
  • Lol Can someone post her answer to that? Lol not everyone chose to upgrade to 8.1 just yet
  • "The force is with you, young Skywalker. But, you are not a Jedi yet"... With a British accent..
    .................
    Why haven't you gotten 8.1?
  • Ow cool! Thanks!!
    In canada, with HTC 8x. I know there is NO downgrade solution in case I run into issues with the update stability, unlike the downgrade solution Nokia offers for their phones . So I'm in for a long wait for the official update -_-
  • No, just go ahead and update now.. There's no major issues, barley any minor, with the developers preview.. After a month nobody has had any trouble.. I doubt if you will be the first... Go ahead and enjoy WP8.1,, you're seriously missing out... Update today❕
    ......................
    Don't worry about your warranty.. Once the official update is ready for your device you'll just pick up where you left off with your warranty... Just update.
  • I have to delete my alarms every night and make new ones or they don't go off, which has the potential for making me late for work if I forget (I've forgotten twice already and luckily woke up naturally about 15 mintues after the alarm was supposed to go off).  I'd say that's a pretty good reason to hold off on an upgrade. Also, sometimes the power button stops working and won't wake the phone and I have to do a reset.
  • What device do you have?
  • Lumia 925, so yeah not an 8X so there's that.  But there are bugs in the update.
  • I've gotten 3 different responses so far from this one.
  • "Don't try to frighten us with you sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader." ( heavy accent ) XD  
  • Haha, great find!
  • Intesting (and frustrating) that it doesn't respond if you just say "may the force be with you".  You currently have to say "cortana, may..."   Of course just a few days ago fi you said Cortana before anything it did a web search.  
  • There's no question that sounds so much better she has a new knock joke and sings better too
  • Wow, the singing is much better.
  • Dang.. Cortana sounds seriously human now. Awesome!
  • Yeah, they added to it a bunch of prerecorded answers to a bunch of silly questions. Awesome . Now did they improve its usefulness as well?
  • People like you.....
  • They grow up bitter. They die bitter. Let's just not pay attention to their useless bitterness :)
  • Lol!!!.... I LIKE what you did there..
  • My kids were taking to her tonight and I noticed a lot of her answers were not synthesized any more but instead they were Jen Taylor
  • Awesome. Just asked her to tell me a joke and she sounds more like Jen and less like voicemail.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins score was not worth asking :/
  • Yes it was
  • Ooh, burn...lol =P
  • Neither was the Hawks :(
  • I know, but the Kings weren't playing. Go Kings!
  • I think they improved her a little!
  • Try also "do you know jen taylor" its so funny reply
  • HAHAHA +520, that was a good one.
  • That one cracked me up.
  • And she said??
  • "I can't get her voice out f my head"   
  • OH man... tell her she's sexy... she responds with such a sexy voice... *blush*
  • Haha this is awesome
  • Lol
  • She told me "Go on.."
  • I noticed this!!! Awesome, I was willing to overlook how robotic she sounded because she was so useful. This is just the icing on the cake, love that Microsoft is proactively improving and beefing up Cortana. She literally improves by the day. I love it!!!
    Sounds great now, just as natural (perhaps even more so?) than Siri on iOS 7. Still a few robotic sounding queries here and there, but overall: Much improved!!! Edit: Not as much updated as one would've originally hoped. Still, since they can update this on the backend on the fly, we should steadily see Cortana's voice become more natural.
  • Yes. As a matter of fact it does sound less robotic than it has in the past. It can only get better from here.
  • Definitely updated. Ask her beam me up Scotty and you will notice it right away.
  • Even when you ask her to sing you a song, it's updated!
  • yeah but still doesn't understand what again means :(
  • Great one! What does the fox say has changed too
  • Say "Do you love Master chief" its interesting
  • The metallic sound has gone. Sounds a bit more human. And oh BTW, when I asked her if she lives SIRI.. She becomes poetic... She says," I would not, could not in the rain. Not in the dark. Not on a train..
  • Yup. Cortana sounds more like a lady today.
  • Ask Cortana... "Are you a girl?" and "Are you a boy?"
  • I asked if she was a transvestite. She kinda said yes.
  • Lmao
  • I asked it and got "I would not, could not, in the rain. Not in the dark. Not on a train."
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULDtgnQ0fy4     (4:40)
  • Yea she does sound more lively but when she reads out information's like say the score of a game, she would sound a bit robotic..overall one can easily notice improvements as she sounds more natural.
  • If you tell her to sing a song, she sings completely differently than she did before! She even sings different songs now. I'm impressed.
  • When was the last time you tried this? I still get the same 4 or 5 songs she did before.
  • Also ask... "Are you a child?"
  • Gonna test her out and then come back here to share my experience with you guys =P
  • I asked Cortana what does she think about Steve Ballmer, she said "developers, developers, developers..." in a very different manner, sounded much natural this time :D
  • Mine changed it to "Developers, developers, developers, developers etc."
  • I got "you could power cleveland with that guy's energy!"
  • Also try "Do you like Steve Ballmer". Funny.
  • GUYS! ASK HER TO MARRY YOU!! SHE DEFINITELY GOT AN UPDATE
  • ZOMG!! Awesome response!
  • She does sound much more natural... Also, the Jen Taylor question ftw!
  • Love her!!!  Here's some new ones / new responses: - You're sexy. - Are you drunk? - Do you sleep? <3  
  • Wow! Can't wait to show this off!!!
    My finds:
    "are you warm/cold blooded?"
    "who do you love?"
    "knock knock"
  • Cortana improved a lot. Even the way she sing songs to me. It's lively!
  • Her singing is much better. Her impressions have also improved greatly. She can also say baseball innings correctly now. I noticed the hockey fix last night when I was checking on the Ducks score
  • Another new one is her response to this one: "Cortana, when is your next update?"
  • She doesn't say anything specific to that. A lot of these questions just make her say a few preselected responses.
  • She sings a lot better now too!
  • I'm drinking beer and so I asked her if she liked beer and I got a response, haven't seen that one yet I don't think... after doing another "do you like" question she responded again so there must be a few of those.
  • Try: What does the fox say?
    It's hilarious xD
  • Haha awesome!
  • Haha
  • this is beta and I already fall in love with cortana
  • Ask her to sing a song. You will probably feel the difference in the tone and voice.... I LOVE YOU CORTANA
  • I did the fox one the other day and then again just now, much better this time around
  • Sounds much more real tonight. I haven't used the voice feature since it came out though. Stopped using it because it sounded like a robot. I may have to start again.
  • This is definitely a improved voice. Me gusta!
  • Wassap man u right!
  • I noticed this 2 days ago. I'm in Sacramento, CA. Just mentioning because the article says this happened today
  • Yup, I noticed that too about two or three days ago.
  • I asked Cortana if she likes Ronald Ragen. She states: " Sorry Chief, with few exceptions, I don't form opinions"
  • This response comes up for quite a few questions
  • "Who's your favorite president?" is still robotic
  • yep ! -1020
  • Thanks! Was trying to tell the difference between old/new Cortana. This helped!
  • She also responds better to will it be hot tomorrow?
  • Less robotic more like Jen Taylor yes
  • She responds to
    "do you think I'm ugly?"
    Also cute or sexy. Lol
  • What's your favorite videogame is still robotic also.
  • Ask her: Can you sing? Its so cool!!!
  • She definitely had a little more swagger
  • Definitely different cool
  • Yes sir,
    She's becoming a lady now. Cheers MS, you on a roll! Can't be happier. I'm in love with MS all over again.
  • Sounds different to me. Even the way she tells the jokes is more lovely. Good stuff.
  • She also responds to
    "do you like the Xbox?"
  • Wow, great! It sounds more natural! The improvement it needed most! Not the Bluetooth experience even while using one with 4 mics, but the voice definitely holds priority in beta! Just awesome! Hey, at least it sounds more natural while reiterating my text & reminders incorrectly over and over while driving! Good stuff!
  • I've been messing around with it earlier after seeing a post about it but still got the same voice but I just tried it now and WHOA. Asked her to sing and she sang the usual "daisy, daisy..." but it was more energetic and well sung. Same for Danny Boy. Previously her voice when singing it hit a flat note on the last part but now it's great. Some stuff that was previously robotic TellMe voice is now also Jen Taylor for example Before if you asked "What do you think of Steve Ballmer" she would say "Developers, etc" and while still the same answer, it's now Jens voice.  Be sure to ask "What does the fox say?" You'll enjoy the update to that one too. After hearing Jens voice though, it's pretty disappointing to go back to the old one. I hope that they can just keep Jen in a booth for a long time. The TellMe voice is just so robotic and slow. 
  • Yass!! She puts emphasis in her jokes and everything else. It sounds like a real person the way she told me the reception dragged on, she said it like she was really telling a joke. And the fox question gives a much better answer. And omg ask her to do an impression now!!!
  • And ask her to sing a song, it is so realistic.
  • Sounds faster. Lol
  • Lol asked her to tell me a story, everyone should ask very funny response
  • She sing different today :))
  • She definitely sounds less robotic. I asked "do you like chicken" and she responded "with questions like that, I'll say that I don't form opinions". Oh just asked what her favorite football team was and her answer was launch Cortana. So definitely work in progress. Good work though.
  • Ask her "what does the fox say" ?..
    Haha..the intensity with which she answers!
  • Yeah! She sings better haha xD
  • Seriously, she's is different today n more witty n sounds more human
  • She loves me! "Thanks. Ditto."
  • Yup, just tested her again and they indeed added stuff. Moreso, they re-recorded lines.   But in the end, this is all very cool but it will only be very cool for the US. Everyone else will always be left with a subpar experience in their regions. Unless they allow us to use Cortana in English even in a different region.
  • You already have a little bit more with tripadvisor integration.
  • Try asking"Do you like halo?" (:
  • Just tried the weather and she sounds better I love it.
  • Yup, i just notice when i ask her to sing.
  • Wow! Tell her to "Do an impression" ..... LOL!! 
  • LMAO, didn't expect that
  • She said "my precious" the golum way and asked her again she said "expectum patronum" in a sexy way wahahahah
  • Bananaaaa
  • That is my favourite
  • To infinity... and beyond!
  • woooow bananaaaaa :p
  • Ask Cortana "guess what", the response is pretty funny
  • HAHA! She does CRAZY impressions from Harry Potter, Lord of the RIngs, Minions!   Also, her "Beam me up Scotty" replies are hilarious now.  
  • What are you asking to get loud of the rings, minions and Harry Potter answers?
  • I think she also does yoda. You can ask "Do an impression".
  • When 900 years old you reach, look good you will not.
     
  • Ask if you want to go to Disney with me XD
  • You say "a few centuries away" from being more conversational. I know that's just a nod to Halo's timeframe, but I think in actuality we're just a couple decades away from that.
  • one year is too much already :p
     
  • She does sound more human! Thanks for the update.
  • Wow... She does sound better!!!
  • if she ends up with the voice from the commercial with that effect I'd be so damn happy haha
  • Yep. That's my side kick, alright.
  • ask her who her father is lol
  • I think she's cheating on me.
  • Just like a human, FTW
  • Siri will sound like Scarlett Johanson.
  • Ask her "why did the chicken cross the road"
  • I wouldn't know, she never talks, is something wrong?
  • You have to speak. If you are typing then it will just show on screen.
  • Yes I see a difference in her voice...LESS ROBOTIC.,.. Like it... Good work Microsoft...
  • She sucks today... Cant even make out : Read it or understand a text....
  • You tried to make out with her?
  • CORTANA ALWAYS GIVE ME WRONG WEATHER INFO. Has any of you encountered this problem. Am in Ghana. She locates me perfectly but the weather info is wrong. She tells me I don't need an umbrella even if she it's raining.
  • I have never had wrong info about weather
  • Remember Cortana harnesses the power of Bing. And the power of Bing is damn close to absolute zero in many countries outside US. I think that it is actually what is slowing down the rollout to 2015. Sincerely hope they are putting more resources on improving Bing globally than on wacky one liners
  • Would try it but I'm out today sending my phone off for repair. Will have to do it when I get my phone back.
  • Ask her to dance with you :D lol reply
  • She is even singing better now
  • Will the official update Cortana be the polished one like if she can answer many questions from now
  • I just told her to sing me some songs and she gave me the daisy one and old acquaintance one but they sounded way better!
  • LOL, ask 'Where is Master Chief?'
  • What command do you use to get her to say live scores?  I haven't figured it out. And is there a way to make it so opening cortana launches into speak mode by default?
  • Hold the search button for just a second longer and it does straight into voice mode.
  • Try "How are the [sports team name] doing?" when game is live. Try "How did the [sports team name] do yesterday/last night?" To open up the listening mode from anywhere just press and hold the search button.
  • What is the meaning of life?.....
  • After read, I did notice a difference. I find myself using Cortana more and more over time
  • Try to say "May the Force be with you".
  • I really love how she can read messages offline, that is the coolest thing ever.
  • How?
  • open cortana>cortana's notebook>settings>speech settings, change it from bluetooth only to wired headset or always on. You have to say "read it" when a text arrives, otherwise she would go back on standby when there is no response.
  • No joke, it literally is faster.....decentttttt :)
  • So there are people who actually use it?
  • Can she count 555 x 1263839 / 81729 + 71716 -1827381910 x 0 x 56 x 918 ?
  • I doubt she can do that and if you just ask 2+2 she doesn't read the answer out
  • Ask "are you?" :) fox I'd great...
  • Sorry, but who's Jen Taylor?
  • The lady who performed the voice of Cortana on "Halo" Game ;)
  • I don't get this, Cortana seems to have lost her mind. Doesn't answer all my questions rather taking me on Bing search. Can't even answer " Who is Jenn Taylor?"
  • Got an update for my phone when I changed my region to US to use Cortana!! Is this the official update? I live in India. Nokia Lumia 720.
  • Yes that's is official...
    I am using Cortana from day one on my Lumia 720 in India
  • Definitely more human now.
  • Ok. Just tried "tell me a joke" and she definitely was smiling/laughing at the end of it.
  • I love her new voice
  • She's a much, MUCH better singer now. Haha.
  • Woha!! please suggest me some more funny question dude
  • Ask her do you eat? And ask what's your favourite song?
  • Guys hello! Do we know anything about the annoying sound Cortana makes while loading? Is it going to go away or change because the sound is really disrupting and ugly...please if you know anything tell me. I would also like to know if there is an option to turn the searching sound off!
  • An ugly sound.. That's new.. An option to disable it would be good tho, considering sometimes it takes ages to load
  • Changed back to US to see, and boy her voice was awesome! It sounds so much better then before. :D hope they continue to improve her voice
  • Sounds amazing!
  • Try saying bye
    Lol hahahah
  • Just did lol
  • yea i actually noticed this..now voice modulation is much like a real human
  • Lol she does sound much better now :D
  • There better be some more local, region specific and cultural nuances when it rolls out for the rest of the world. All this is still far too Yank to make any sense anywhere else.
  • I said "talk dirty to me" she replies "I'll hand you over to a superior source for such tings."
  • Ask her this : Are you a Virgin? :D
  • SHE DOES SOUND MORE HUMAN!
  • She doesn't answer me when I ask her whether she likes Android?:-( Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • difficult to answer this question as Cortana is still so young and many have still not had the chance to hear Cortana in their native tongue.
  • Wow that's true..she sounds more human..she applies the stress patterns correctly to show her current state of emotion **par say**
  • "-say something funny" "-what do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?" :p   "-what's your number?" "-I thought you'd never ask, so I've never thought about it" :p
  • Yes she does, great improvement. Originally thought Cortana would be a novelty but has become highly practical, especially in the car.
  • Hopefully one day I will say:
    -Cortana! (to wake her up)
    -go to ESPN.com/NBA
    -play Enter The Dragon
    -(in-video playing) Cortana pause/play/stop video/
    -etc
  • if you pin the site espn.com/nba to your start screen you cna say open/launch espn.com/nba or whatever you name it and it will launch..   
  • Where are those expressions in the circle they always talked about?
  • wow my phones been off screens cracked but i turned it on to see and sure enough she has a new voice, wow
  • The new tone on prerecorded answers is really great but when you as her to perform functions on your phone its still the robotic voice. That's expected since she has to read and pronounce each word separately to form phrases. Still love her anyway. She's really the star in 8.1.
  • Yeah, it sounds less robotic when it asks "Turn off the alarm for what time?" when there is only one alarm on. Good work MS (cutesy prerecorded answers are of course nice and all...) but try improving it's usefulness as well.
  • Still doesnt seem to answer "what is the time"
    What is the command to get her to stop playing music ? Otherwise lot of improvement !   update ... why didnt I think of saying "Pause music" !  
  • Ask "Do you love Nokia?" HAHA
  • She has no reply for that for me?
  • Try asking "What's your favourite song? " and "Do you eat?" Hahaahaha
  • How do ou ask Cortana to read a Wiki article?
  • Download the app by Rudy, it integrates with Cortana.
  • I have that app and have been playing with it for quite a while now, I can't get Cortana to read article for me, still. What do you exactly have to ask?
  • "what's better, PlayStation or Xbox?"
  • Wow, it's not even debatable! She sounds MUCH better.  Kudos MS. You're doing quite good.
  • Say: CORTANA I LOVE YOU
  • I like the Democrats or Republicans answer.
  • Stop hyping and start reporting!!! Cortana is junk. For most commands it randomly calls one of my contacts. The text reading in the car via Bluetooth that worked so well in WP8 is now broken. It accepts just two commands: "Read it" and "ignore" and it can't recognize them.
  • Cortana is not junk, Cortana is "Beta". You should stop complaining, you should be reporting and sharing issues because above all... This is a "Developer Preview", so bugs and kinks are expected throughout the preview experience. Everyone has been dealing with their own little bugs about the OS and some, it has been a smooth ride, such as myself. Not picking a fight with you or trying to intimidate you, just reminding you it's a Beta/Developer Preview.
  • Really? So if it's beta or preview we should write articles that say she's great? She isn't even close. So either report the truth or don't mention her at all until she's ready for prime time.
  • She works well for me and a lot of others. What you're saying is don't write any good about her? There are many forums and even miscrosofts seperate page to report bugs and suggestions. Use that instead of wasting your time commenting on here if you want to be all negative and butt hurt. 
    here is your link : http://cortana.uservoice.com/
  • Cortana's voice is breaking! :D
  • When I asked her what is happiness, she answered: Something you're entitled to on your birthday. Hahaha amazing!
  • Yeah she definitely sounds different the songs sounds more natural
  • Haha I started that thread :P
  • Jen Taylor is going to be getting some nice paychecks for a good long time for her continued work with all of the new things she'll have to do to keep up with Cortana. What a great way to make a living!
  • Yeah. I'm surprised.. She is Jen. The real Cortana.
  • Ask about the weather and you get the robotic answer voice. Ask a smart-alecky question and you get a human one. This wasn't the case last week. Definitely upgraded.
    Dial F for Frankenstein
  • Yeah she's sounds damn seductive today :D
  • Still too heavy on the web searches, time shows how little it understands about life tasks. I seem to be too late with some of these popular talk requests like are you Jen Taylor, it understood but redirected me to stocks n shares or something.
    Hope they patch all these huge holes soon, beta is understandable, but in its current state they can't possibly hope to match the timeframes they announced, unless they're purposefully throwing issues at us in order to correct them.
  • Also I think it needs some sort of active mesh tied into the notebook, instead of a list of a few command options, theres no Ai there in my eyes.
  • DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN ?
  • She doesn't answer to my question: Who am I?
  • Wow... Sounds great...
    Tell
    I'm drunk
    You are stupid
    Are you nuts
    You are so funny
  • Stilll need more replies to continuous questions. I know its still in beta mode
  • It's definitely changed her voice, sounds very good! But there's still the robotic voice sometimes
  • Haven't noticed a difference yet... Canada :( 
  • Yes she does
  • Ask her if she has a boyfriend :D
  • Definitely sounds more human...except when I asked her how long it would take me to drive to a certain location... she went back to being a robot. Even weather reports, robotic still.
  • She does sound better. I asked a few standard questions, and could definitely hear a difference.
  • Found out you can ask her "Can you speak some more?" and she replies lol, her reply is kind of a joke, mixed with sarcasm. Plus "Do you have a boyfriend?" is a good one lol or "Do you have a girlfriend?" lol
  • I did everyone a favor and made a comparison video of before and after her update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKG5vMacJRU&feature=youtu.be
  • Anyone ever had Cortana warn you that you need to leave for work and give you the best route? Happened 2 times last week pretty awesome. She truly learns over time.
  • Ask her "who is better, you or Siri" for the best response lol
  • I made an calendar entry and cancelled it and Cortana got angry and said "scratch that "
  • No she still sounds robotic especially when you're sending a text.
  • I'm so glad Jen Taylor is now doing the voice. As a Halo fan who bought Combat Evolved day one, and every Halo game since, this phone assistant thing would never feel right without here. Like it or not she has to be a part if this or the whole thing looses some credibility.
  • I ASK... Why do you sound Diferente?  
  • She rarely if ever speaks to me. All I get are web searches. 
  • "Do you want to build a snowman?"
    "Do you have a boyfriend?"
    "Do you have a girlfriend?"
    "Are you real?"
    "Are you fake?"
    "How old are you?"
    "Will you take over the world"?
    "Are you a human?"
    "Are you a robot?"
    "Do you know Siri?"
    "Do you know Bill Gates?"
    "When where you born?"
    These are a few that work :)
    My new fav is "Who is better, you or Siri?"