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First look at Cortana in action on Windows Phone 8.1 (Video)

Microsoft’s is introducing Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. Out of all the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 it’s the one we’re most excited about. As you probably know, Cortana is the forthcoming intelligent personal assistant that will debut in Windows Phone 8.1, but probably seep into other Microsoft products like Windows 8 and Xbox One. We’ve seen screenshots of the UI before, but the video below is the first time the public is seeing it for the first time.

Here is what Cortana asks during the setup process:

  • What name would you like me to call you?
  • What are a couple of the most enjoyable parts of your everyday evenings? Pick two: Cooking something, Going out, Hanging out with friends, Spending time with family, I go to work at night, Watching something
  • When you think about food, what’s most important to you these days? Pick two: What’s Healthiest, What’s most delicious, What’s least expensive, What’s easiest, That some else is making it, I don’t think about food
  • What are two of your main motivations for going out to an event or activity? Learning something, Enjoying quality entertainment, Improving myself, Celebrating, Relaxing and unwinding, Pampering myself
  • When you want to catch up on what’s going on in the world, which section do you go to first? Style, Travel, Sports, Arts & Leisure, Business, Headlines
  • What can I help you with? Try “Find recipes for ants on a log”

Quiet Hours

In addition to Cortana, Quiet hours for controlling alerts and notifications was revealed under Settings. The follow are the options observed in the video:

  • Right now: During quiet hours, Cortana handles your calls and texts and silences other notifications. You can turn it on and off when you like, or set it to turn on automatically

Allowed during quiet hours

  • Allow anyone through if they call 2 times in 3 minutes
  • Always allow inner circle

Text notifications

  • Always allow inner circle
  • Ask senders: notify anyway?
  • Don’t allow text notifications
  • Text that I’m busy right now to contacts who are allowed through

Few observations. It's still named Cortana at the moment, though we wouldn't be surprised to see that not be the final name. However, it is looking very likely.  Also, Cortana’s UI is based off whatever system color you’re using on your Start screen. In this case green. It was also probably a smart move for the leaker to not sign in with a Microsoft Account or ask any legitimate questions to Cortana. It probably wouldn’t be too hard for Microsoft to track down the phone if they did sign in or ask questions.

At this time there is still no confirmation about the voice and whether it will be Jen Taylor or not.

Source: UnleashThePHones; Thanks, Brett L., for the tip!

405 Comments
  • ;-)
  • How does this guy, Yash Maheshwari, get away with showing all this?  Just curious as to who he is exactly. And dude, if you're going to show this much, show it all off. Let us see it in action.
  • He might have the sdk downlaoded on his phone.
  • I thought the SDK that was out didn't have this on it. And if you're going to break an NDA might as well let us hear the.voice
  • the WP 8.1 SDK doesn't have the quiet hour setting
  • I dont think you read the whole article "It was also probably a smart move for the leaker to not sign in with a Microsoft Account or ask any legitimate questions to Cortana. It probably wouldn’t be too hard for Microsoft to track down the phone if they did sign in or ask questions."
  • He did sign in. Notice the video stopped because he had to sign in and was not going to show his account/password to the world. He didnt have to speak. There was the part where Cortona would speak the name out he typed. He skipped that part. If this isnt a controlled leak, just show the damn thing off. I would. If you're going to break NDA, then go all the way with it. Dont half ass.
  • Yep,vid pause's then you see a email notification pop up when the vid resumes.Probably to verify he's sign in.
  • I am leaning on "controlled leaks" theory. This is Microsoft building up the hype.
  • Probably a fake Microsoft account, to protect his identity.
  • Maybe Microsoft is just not as bitchy as Apple when it comes to leaks...  Not sure how this guy got this installed on a phone though... A different video/past article could have explained, but I don't recall.
  • i think he will be doing it in bits and pieces.. just to keep you hooked up to his site for long
  • https://twitter.com/alsiladka He really doesnt hide who he is. Hes the editor at the website unleashthephones. 
  • Agreed. What a great way to showcase a voice service... Without even speaking haha
  • He knows some great people from Nokia India shhhh.... ;-)
  • This is one of those leaks where a company pretends it was unsanctioned so that the buzz it generates has more impact. This makes it a lot less likely to not get dismissed as pre-manufactured marketing hype. I doubt it's difficult for relevant parties to track the leak to the source. So we wouldn't be seeing these leaks if employees were afraid of losing their jobs. A disgruntled employee is not going to reveal something positive like this.
  • This was supposed to generate buzz?  The guy doesn't even demo the functionality...  smh.
  • We're all here, after clicking the article and reading about it. Buzz generated? Check.
  • No that does not generate buzz. it is a one off read of an article and pseudo-demo that offers nothing new nor anything intriging.. Buzz is generated by showing something that grabs attention or inspires interest. What was presented here that you couldnt read in a more informative article that explains features, etc.? All this shows is that if you tap the screen it will respond. Now there is an earth shattering revelation....
  • Gees you need to lay off the crack man. I suppose we didn't land on the moon, and Kennedy was shot by government spooks? This terrible half baked crummy video is certainly not how they would tease to build hype. It doesn't even demo the product really.
  • I wouldn't be surprise if large organizations like Microsoft have designated "leakers" so that they can trial balloon features, UI components, etc.  Like the name Cortana.   Maybe they didn't know how people would respond, so you leak the name.  Now, with everyone loving it, they may make it official. If the name Cortana bombed, then they could say that it was just a code name, and they never planned on calling it that. Maybe not, but not a crazy idea either.
  • blimey another conspiracy theorist. Where do you guys come from? Stop smoking weed man, its messing with your mind.  
  • Yeah, those testers are called customers. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I think his dad is working with Microsoft.
  • If so, Microsoft will fire his dad :D
  • am i the only one who is annoyed by his intro in every one of his videos? I mean his channel isn't about entertainment/show, yet his intro speaks otherwise. arghhhh
  • Damn, i cant wait..
  • A very very interesting thing that nobody see is that the tile is TRUE LIVE TILE! is always moving the circle of Cortana.    Live tiles nowadays can´t do that movement. 
  • Gusto verte por aca emyzz, soy lector de Xataka al igual que tu, saludos.
  • Everyone has seen that but that isn't the point here. The point is VOICE for the VOICE assistant.
  • And the pictures live tile pans through pictures, and the music and game live tiles have their own unique animations. Even if Cortana has animations, it does not mean that it is a new feature, or that we will see it coming out on 3rd party apps. On the one hand I would love to have these kinds of motion tiles on 3rd party apps... but then again many app developers would probably do it wrong and break things, so perhaps it is best not to have it for now.
  • But Cortana live tile isn't like music and games tile, it has the theme color, and is only the icon with movement. I hope that Microsoft allow to do that to all apps, because I prefer to see the weather live tile with clouds moving, than the actual static photo tiles.
  • I like the look of that, too!
  • I noticed this too. I love it!!
  • Can't believe no one has brought this up yet but if the voice assistance is a long press of the search button, what would be the function of long pressing the windows button?
  • It would most likely do nothing it just replaces it because holding the search does nothing right now.
  • Holding the search button unlocks your phone and brings you straight to bing search atm.
  • Oh I didn't know that.
  • Maybe another shortcut to Action Centre?
  • All of you assume he's not letting it speak, but in reality its possible that she is speech less server wise for now, meaning its relying on Bing for now and voice interactions are not accessible.
  • And I thought she was reading his mind, maybe next update lol
  • the answer maybe there, but i cant tell if this is real or just some app. i must not be paying attention.
  • Whoa. Please submit a more constructive comment :) Comment *first! :P
  • :-o
  • TOo late..
  • Yeah, I was editing it... ;)
  • gimp
  • Cortana looks amazing!
  • Definitely seems faster now!
  • LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!
  • Hahaha! Was just scrolling to see how far i had to go to see this exact comment!
  • You could directly find that by Ctrl+F
  • First time public is seeing it for the first time
  • First time tend to be first time, so you are right.
  • He's right!
  • damn fucking right
  • Love this guy haha
  • But I want to HEAR her.
  • agreed!
  • Yeah, that video was extremely underwhelming. It would have been nicer to hear her and see how she handles/reaponds to questions.
  • Patience guys. This stuff isn't even supposed to be shown yet. We gotta take what we can get for now.
  • take what we can get for now? nah, the video really is pretty useless. I am in the same exact state that I would have been in, from the time I woke up this morning to right now as I'm typing this message, if I had or had not watched that video!
  • Scientific matters... (-_-)
  • For sure! I was waiting to her cortana's voice...there will probably be another video posted in the next couple days with it. But the animations and sounds are very cool...just like an Xbox.
  • Yeah man, I mean Do you really want to know all the features now? I mean I wouldn't it would destroy the fun. I wanna hear it from them (Microsoft) I wanna hear them speak about all the hard work the developers have put in to bring Windows Phone 8.1 to reality. The journey is always better than the destination :)
  • Hear her speak!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QML1BVi_C8A  
  • This is awesome Jim
  • It's fake. http://wmpoweruser.com/wpleaker-admits-to-cortana-hoax/
  • +1 It is a digital voice assistant but no voice...
  • This video means nothing to me without a voice. Catastrophic let down if not Jen Taylor.
  • You seriously expect Jen to record all the damn words you're going to ask it to respond with? Come on dude, get real.
  • Not all words but a few example questions would have been ok. NOT A MUTE VIDEO!!!
  • Seriously though! I have such high expectations ever sense I heard they were naming it Cortana. If it doesn't sound like her I will probably die a little bit inside. And I most definitely have her call me Master Chief lol!
  • 'set quiet hours automatically when a calendar event marked as busy begins' looks pretty neat!
  • Agreed
  • The return of profiles, can't wait! One of the few remaining Android features I've continued to miss.
  • It's actually one of the remaining *Windows Mobile* features we don't yet have on Windows Phone. Android may happen to have it, but it certainly didn't start there.
  • +920
  • agree. I was asking about these right after WP8 released. I am hoping with WP8.1 can do profiles with location base as well. we did that with Windows Mobile and it was so great. Volume down based on fact I am at work. When leave work, volume goes up....could do it based on time but was greater when doing it based on location so if leaving for lunch, volume when up and then back down when back in office. One thing that I do miss is from the Windows Mobile HTC Touch 2 is the proximity volume adjust. If proximity sensor was was compleltly covered (aka in your pocket) it would automatically set ring and notification volumn to max. Really would like this as a setting in WP8.1 or near future.
  • Love this!
  • I've been waiting very patiently for that... my old Windows Mobile devices used to do that and I loved it... never had to worry about manually switching to vibrate mode, the phone did it for me. In my opinion, that's the best new feature I've heard announced for 8.1.
  • For me, it's nothing that big, but it's the kind of thing that we need more: simple, but for some people so useful features. Like the automatic search that happens if you paint a text and press bing button. I really wish the WP team will focus on these later on, as now we have almost all the big features..
  • Very awesome!!!!
  • Much Wow!
  • Many Assistant.
  • So Halo.
  • Looks really cool. The person in the video is smart not to utter a single word. ;)
  • ...or not so smart. Could have used any text-to-speech app or software on another phone or PC to test if Cortana responds. However, I think probably Cortana isn't in a state where she talks or hears in that build. Microsoft would and should know where this phone is really.
  • If the question was asked, even with TTS, there is probably a chance that when Cortana phone's home, MS could have figured out which phone asked that question (or questions). At least in the development phase while bugs are being worked out, they are probably questions could very well be linked to IMEIs and they could track it down rather quickly.
  • Unlike the kid that taped his "developer" HTC One/M8 with his voice, sticker numbers showing, and showing his face
  • Lol...htc was after that guy fast
  • Why?  He doesnt seem to hide who he is with a name and picture on his Youtube profile. Unless of course, that isnt him or his real name. Quite a "unique" name to make up though.
  • That is the Indian naming for you lol :P 
  • That settings page is getting to become an unorganized hot mess.
  • Haha, my thoughts exactly.
  • I agree, how hard can it be for Microsoft to add some kind of categories to organise it better!!
  • Its like they never use their own phones. I really hate scrolling the settings page. Clusterfuck
  • Someone at Microsoft please address this, the people are confused... At least explain the ordering of settings
  • It's easier than drinking water for them and they have already done that with windows 8/RT. They made an awesome settings page they can do all awesome things but they don't wanna do that with WP because of a fu***** reason I don't know
  • In my opinion it's aqcuiring Nokia but because they aqcuired it so I expect a great WP 8.1.....ha dirty game :D
  • Condense it like the WIN 7 & 8 Control Panels...
  • Yeah, its one long, almost infinite list. They should maybe have three tabs instead of the two they have now to cut down on the continuos vertical scrolling
  • I agree. There is no default, everything is messy
  • I was thinking the exact same thing.  They REALLY need to build a hierarchy as they did with Windows 8.1.
  • Its better of we have alphabet finder in settings like when we swipe to right from the pin screen menu to the vertical menu of wp
  • YES! I would like to be able to re-arrange to my needs.
  • Agreed, but I bet you'll be able to access/find settings via Cortana. "Change my ringtone" or "Modify glance settings" or something along those lines. I'm totally guessing, but it seems sensible given everything else we know.
  • I've actually been complaining about this for awhile. The settings have little rhyme or reason to them and with Nokia's additions as well as more coming with 8.1, it's just a mess. They should make it more like W8 proper. It also doesn't help that single toggle settings (such as flight mode, Bluetooth etc) all have their own pages.
  • 100% Agreed. Especially since they don't use any icons as visual indicators of what things are. The settings menu can certainly use some polish. But I'm not going to complain that its growing! :)
  • Not really.
  • I wouldn't mind as long as it was just simply in alphabetical order! The settings menu is by far the least usable screen on Windows Phone.
  • They made the setting page like that so people can give up from going there lol
  • Agreed, they should make it like Windows 8. Much more organized
  • What would be really great is a searchable settings page, search for language, keyboard, Bluetooth etc.
  • Was hoping to see a little more.
  • Same here, actually im not impressed with this... :( but yet again this shows almost nothing, it barely went through the setup process.
  • Looks like its functionality will blow Siri out of her swimming pool! This is powerful stuff. I hope it works seemlessly and is VERY natural.
  • How can you know after seeing this video lol.
  • Fanboy lol
  • Exactly!!
  • The way it works and the way it integrates with features and tasks is already better than Siri. With a natural voice and better recognition + the ability to evolve for each individual personally adds to it.
  • Again, how can you know? There's been no videos showing it's integrated with features and tasks, nor has anyone heard this "natural voice" (which siri has a bit of now). Just written accounts of pre-release software. The Courier tablet blew the iPad out of the water too...
  • with bing and foursquare, Siri uses bing for search...  but cortana look more like a UI more then Siri looks... Lets be honest, Siri is trash comparing to cortana uses  
  • Can't believe you are making me quote myself! "I hope it works seemlessly and is VERY natural" - means I hope it works seemlessly and I hope it is VERY natural. Video shows what it can do. It doesn't ask all those stuff to you only because it wants to cook dinner for you. It asks those things to you so that it becomes more and more personlised instead of generalised how Siri is. Things are in the menu for a reason. They are in the build just to build hype. However, like I said - execution is the key and if it is executed as it should, Siri will be pale compared to Cortana any day.
  • Well said and agree.
  • WE ARE NOT HEARING ANYTHING in this video showoff....
  • I want the Cortana from Halo, she is very cute
  • OMFG I didn't hear anything
  • OMFG He didn't say anything...
  • OMFG Its not butter
  • best comment yet
  • And we have a winnar!
  • Lol hahahahaha
  • Quiet Hours ! Woohoo
  • Looks awesome...i wonder if there is an option to still have the search button open Bing and not just cortana
  • I think holding for a long time will open cortana, while quick press of the search button will open the Bing search
  • Yeah, that's what it looked like to me.
  • Looking at the video I think you have to hold the search button for Cortana, so maybe a single press will still be Bing?
  • I would much rather they kept regular Bing search as a single press and Cortana as a long press. I love having the fluidity and ease of Bing with one quick touch, even if the results aren't always bang on.
  • Bing doesn't always bang, but when it does, we band to bang google
  • Hopefully, very very helpful and easy to search for something with the nice daily Bing wallpaper
  • I think the white bar next to the mic-icon is an text field for the normal search. 
  • No voice yet? But hey, looks sleek. If she can operate silently that would be cool because It would make her 4000000 times more useful than siri. People don't use siri because you have to talk to her, but this.... THIS!
  • I hope that Jen Taylor does a voice for this :-)
  • Call me Chief
  • Call me baby
  • Call me Donny.
  • Call me maybe.
  • Call me..it seems faster!
  • What is "it seems faster " joke
  • Fantastic... Please replace this comments feature for Disqus as it offers much more control.
  • Ugh. Disqus.
  • While you're totally off topic, I agree, I think a ranked best/newest/oldest comment system would make the opinions in this section that matter more legible. As it stands, its not all that enticing to sift through all the crappy comments to get to the good ones here. I normally give a quick scroll, see nothing that I like and exit the article.
  • Milky Tee I agree fully and you said perfectly, Disqus is becoming very popular and with Windows Phone app it allows us to monitor and discuss further on the go whereas this setup is absolute nightmare, just need to get the word out to them, will try and Facebook them as well.
  • agreed.
  • I haven't used that disqus thing, cheeses me off having to sign in or register for those things. I was gutted when Major Nelson altered his site and stopped us posting using gamertags.
  • What is free for Super Agent is the free trial download.. You still have to pay to buy the full version.. This myfreeapp is a scam if they twist around like this and make us tempted to download stuff on wrong premise.
  • Does she have a voice yet?  Or has that not been added yet.
  • Was hoping to here Jen Talylors voice emiting from the phone lol
  • Please be Jen Taylor. Please be Jen Taylor. Please be Jen Taylor.
  • Nope.  They are going with Fran Drescher!
     
  • you made my day man!
  • Uff!!
  • Nope. Nope. Nope...
  • Or ScarJo
  • Or Ali Hillis.
  • J-Lo's voice! Halle Berry's voice or Sophia Vergara.. Yummmmm! :)
  • Why not Morgan Freeman?
  • Looks really good and am liking the "Spartan" ui. ;)
  • Looks good. Hopefully the Dutch language will be supported at some point. Android already does it afaik.
  • However iOS stlll does not support the Dutch language. 
  • Hope for Norwegian sometime before 2020...
  • I cannot wait for the Dev Preview. April cannot come soon enough.
  • Oooooh looking good
  • Woooooow
  • She's very polite. At least she will be until the point where she goes rogue.
  • I'm sure they've solved that whole rampant AI hubbub.
  • She's a new version so I guess she has a few thousand years yet ;-P
  • I know there won't be, but how awsome would it be if it had a rampant toggle?  Rampant Cortana is the hottest Cortana.
  • So...she doesn't speak??
    I know we often would prefer women in our lives to shut up but this is the one time we wanted one to speak...:P
  • Yeah. Not funny.
  • Why would you say something like that?
  • It's called "a joke". If you ever had a girlfriend, you'll know it. Loosen up, America.
  • got the joke, i have a girlfriend, just not funny
  • You do realize he probably partly made the joke because he knew overly sensitive people like yourself would get your panties in a bunch. Right? We don't care about your distorted view of ethics.
  • I got the joke, and I liked it. Nice one. People do need to lighten the hell up. It's like everyone's looking for an excuse to be offended anymore.
  • Haha! Good one!
  • Lol.
  • What a terrible demonstration!
  • Please gods let it be Jen Taylor's voice!
  • Don't expect it. There's way too much dynamic data that needs to be processed, it wouldn't work unless you lock her up for a few years to record millions of words, names and common phrases so that it all sounds natural.
  • I don't think it'd necessarily have to be that way; i believe they can just record relatively few common syllables and some speech patterns and let a program do the crunching. I still wouldn't expect her to be the voice though. We'll probably just get the bog standard robotic male/female
  • Sad but true
  • That is not how that works... You think the voice of Siri and Google Now are back there recording every word?  They basically record her saying different sentances that contain different letter arrangements with pronunciations and syllabuls. Then they us an algorithm to string them together.
  • If you want it to sound like Cortana with the proper cadences and inflections, it will have to be that way.
  • Almost-perfect voice synthesizers exist for over a decade, you know... I even coded one with well-known people voice years ago. All you need is a list of all phonemes and a proper engine to rule them, including pitch and amplitude control as a minimum.
    No need to record all and every words, fortunately :-)
    So what Darutto wants can totally be achieved nowadays. Edit: oops, looks like I was really slow on that one ^_^
  • Welp, I stand corrected. Thanks eXus.
  • Microsoft has the technology. They just need to implement it to their devices. http://youtu.be/Nu-nlQqFCKg?t=6m21s
  • If Microsoft was able to add this to Cortana allowing her to operate as a universal translator, they could own mobile.
  • I would be happy if Cortana can learn our accents and dialects, so no more multiple tries on voice command.
  • Most computer voices are done this way, and have been for over a decade.  There's no reason from a technical point of view why they couldn't use Jen Taylor. There have been numerous revelations about who has done various voices over the years.  The voice behind the prior Siri for the US came forward (Susan Bennett) not long ago, and the very popular Australian Karen voice is done by Karen Jacobsen (who actually provides the voice for Siri in Australia). Siri: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2bTymnb1uE Karen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AniDSfX2j5w  
  • When SIRI and Google Now came out, MS said that they didn't want a mee too assistant. This is a big way to make it stand out, the voice needs to be as human like as possible, and based on some of the comments here it is possible. Then, to make it a real hit with Halo fans around the globe... just give it the right voice. 
  • From Wikipedia. Take it for what it's worth. "Due to the popularity of Cortana, Microsoft began work on making Cortana a virtual assistant on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. It has been confirmed that the voice actor of Cortana in the games, Jen Taylor, will provide the voice for the virtual assistant to appeal to fans of the Halo series. Microsoft plans to release a beta for Cortana in April of 2014. This beta release will be available as a preview to developers shortly thereafter. Cortana is expected to rival the iPhone's Siri in functionality and usability. One of the key features rumored to show up in the WP8.1 update of Cortana is the idea of a Notebook that Cortana draws on, and adds to, to learn of your specific patterns and behaviors. Microsoft is also planning to have the Cortana virtual assistant on the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 (unless newer version is released) computer/tablet devices in 2015"
  • I would have liked to hear a voice but I'm sure this leaked build didn't include it. The fact that it's still called Cortana and is launched from an app should tell you that it's not final. I'm expecting it to take over where TellMe is.
  • He did sign in, else he couldn't use it right? You also saw directly after he decline (0:32), he was directed to the Start Screen and after the edit break, he got an email (see the tile).
  • Could you imagine if Cortana, Siri, Google now all became evolving AI and the merged into one becoming Skynet
  • Yes!!!!
  • Build is now going to be pretty boring. No surprises?? Hopefully Microsoft has something up its sleeves.
  • What do you mean? Seeing updated versions of leaked features and how they will integrate as a whole is exciting.
  • As tweeted by Tom Warren that in sdk theres a lot of features hidden. A LOT MEANS A LOT
  • A lot has been leaked since he said that.
  • There isn't anything groundbreaking that remains any longer.
  • Exactly.. Now we know what to expect. There will be no wow factor in the presentation. I hope I am wrong though.
  • The only wow factor is going to be what WP8.1 hardware is launched (if any). We haven't seen much leaks on that front yet.
  • A lot of things that leaked weren't finished anyway. The demonstration for the final build of these features is keeping me excited.
  • We can mostly predict how things will work so may be 2 out of 15 demonstrations are what you haven't yet figured out. Other 13 are going to be exactly as most of us would have guessed.
  • This guy is killing Microsoft with all these leaks.Maybe during Build we will see some apps that might spice things up.
  • Lets see Joe Belfiore presents very well. There might be other new features too.
  • Joe sucks at presentations. Even if there are 10 new features, he won't be able to match the hype.
  • Don't forget that many people do not chase for news about WP8.1 as we do.
    We (WPC readers and WP fans) are awaiting eagerly for those new features, so we won't be surprised but we won't be disappointed either. What surprises me is that there still is no leaked ROM floating around. Weird. Even WP gurus (xda) do not seem that much interested :-/
  • XDA doesn't care about WP. They are Androids all the way long. Windows Phone and Windows Mobile community have always been lukewarm at its best.
  • I think the issue is WE are the only ones who get excited about WP news, others don't care much. Hopefully WP8.1 will change the trend and up the market share. We can only do so much to switch ppl over to WP platform. If MS backs us up there is no telling how good the market share will be by this time next year.
  • What's that really weird sound???? It sounds kinda annoying. It sounds like opening a door that needs oiling.
  • Xbox turning on
  • At 1:26
  • I mean that weird beeping sound.
  • Can't wait for my Lumia to call me "Chief" :D :D
  • That sounds like it would be an Xbox. Reminds me of when I turn it on :)
  • Can we set Quiet Hours to daily 9 to 5, so that the phone turns to vibrate during that working hours?
  • I remember reading somewhere that "Silent" was going to be a new option, so no ring or vibrate. I might just be making that up though...
  • I think you heard it right. I also hear profiles are coming back (from Windows Mobile days), but I want more than that: auto profile switch for certain period of time of the day or week.
  • All I can say is... Give it to me...
  • SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
  • Seeing you on front page, commenting = this must be obviously huge news ;)
  • RIP Siri and Google Now! And fuck S Voice! They can all kiss MY ASS!
  • I refuse to watch videos or other huge spoilers but this is awesome!
  • The leaker actually just demoed how to set it up, not how it really works so you can watch it :)
  • Looks good hope it's better then indigo
  • What a letdown.
  • that looks sooo awesome!!! the Quiet Hour feature is a god-sent.
  • Want Cortana in my phone now!! Hope they release WP 8.1 for users very soon after its official announcement in early April.
  • OMGOMGOMG
  • So let me get this right. This is the first time that the public are seeing this for the first time?
  • Seems 8.1-er
  • I want Samuel L Jackson to shout back at me!
  • Nick Fury would be awesome!!
  • Jules Winnfield would be better.
  • Hope when WP grows more in the global market they might introduce cortana graphic girl performing some actions.
  • First thing I noticed... was it's animated tile.
    That's new. Hopefully we'll see live tiles become more "live" with animations and an option to have data refreshed quicker than the current 30 minute restriction.u
  • I noticed that too. Pretty sweet.
  • I noticed it as soon as the video began, I can't believe so many people missed it. Maybe it is for Cortana only, or maybe only for native apps... but if not it could be huge. Instantly updated sports scores, quicker breaking news, etc. Thinking about it more, it could just mean that Cortana is active, much how the Music app tile animates when playing music... now I've bummed myself out. Well, we can always hope.
  • Yeahhh u may be right, still hope for improvements for third party apps!! :D
  • I was just about to say that. I really do hope that option is giving to 3rd party devs
  • Even if Cortana works well, if it still runs on Bing, there's no point in getting hyped. Bing still can't figure out half my search results with the accuracy that Google does.
  • Yes because a windows phone will be using Google as a default search. /s Doesn't siri use Bing.
  • U think Siri isnt working better because it uses bing. Siri main problem is recognizing voice which is not done by bing at all. Bing is just meant to search. But on WP we are getting bing smart search results lets c how good its in searching.
  • It certainly does, I haven't heard any complaints from iPhone users. However, for fact finding doesn't it use Wolfram Alpha?
  • Not true. If Siri can find results accurately using Bing, WP will do even better for the guys who use Windows 8 at home. The "personalisation" aspect is ten folds better than Siri or Google and the search results hence will be tailored to YOUR needs. Not what Bing or Google thinks is the best result but what you would have chosen as your best result gets filtered. So make sure you are honest with Cortana ;)
  • Cortana will probably be more linked to Satori, which I imagine is a database of A LOT of knowledge with computers that can answer in a more natural manner. Even though it would be marketed as Bing Search, do not think that Microsoft does not know that Bing needs to get better. But as they say in this rather old article: Revolutionary, not evolutionary. I think that is wise. Read more here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57596042-75/microsofts-bing-seeks-enli...
  • Did anyone else notice when he hit the Home button or the Search button .. it actually played a "SOUND"? *Edit - Oh wait it was in Listening Mode which hitting home ended it .. hah
  • How does this guy get all this stuffs? In the SDK cortana and action center were not present then how did he get cortana?
  • This is so cool. I'm excited.
  • Jen Taylor or Sylvestor Stallones or Arnolds voice. Lol
  • Hahaha I want Arnold's voice!
  • It sounds nice. Loved the voice!
  • But cortana should smile write right while answering??
  • Was hoping to see her naked ugh
  • halo 4
  • You have to ask
  • I don't like tha way it looks....it shoulda showed her. Don't do what Android n IPhone doin.....do it MS style BEYOND
  • RAM issue in 3...2...1... after watching the video i can tell most of us will be excluded
  • Maybe but i would hope not considering MS is making all these optimizations to win8.1 to make it work on hardware with similar specs to a 920.
  • how much ram do you need to animate a circle. it's a web service. they got plenty of ram at the MS data centers.
  • Does someone know, if the mic is always on (passive mode) with 8.1 ? Because i read somewhere that cortana will be "activated" if you say "cortana", so that you don't have to start cortana always by clicking on the app. Would be amazing if This will be possible..
  • I have not heard that, but I think it might need special hardware.  I know the Moto X is always listening and I thought they used a special processor to save on battery... but I dunno.. could have been marketing hype.
  • The Moto X does have the X8 chip which is just 8 different units for different things. One or two of those units makes sure that it doesn't kill the battery while it is listening.
  • I think the Snapdragon 800 series chips have an audio core to handle audio processing without involving the CPU. I think it would rape your battery trying to do that with your main CPU running all the time. Tl;Dr: existing phones besides the Lumia 1520 will probably need a button press but new hardware devices may be able to do it.
  • Cause is a women voice lets hope is Penelope Cruz voice. Or even better Sofia Vergara
  • I'd rather be able to actually understand it.
  • I don't even know if this thing will have a voice. May be no voice?
  • What a shitty ass video the whole point of cortana is a voice assistant he didn't do any of that. The only thing that would excuse it is that the voice isn't their
  • Only one thing to say about that: "Amaze....wait for it.....dary". 3236206461797320746f20676f20756e74696c Build. :)
  • Cortana, IMO is not a very catchy name. The voice assistant has to have a name that nobody will ever forget. The feature should be the talk of the town when it launches and I'm sorry but Cortana does not help with that at all... Just my opinion.
  • Cortana is a name known by millions! It will be talk of the town. It will catch headlines. Bing - Cortana, Bing - Xbox. See what you can learn today.
  • oh don't worry. It will be called Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Series Assistant Professional 365
  • LoL!!
  • I dont know y I think even this video can be fake. I have seen 2 cortana videos. Lets c what Belfiore shows us at Build.
  • She will be a great companion for every singles out there :')
  • Y didn't he said anything in the video...
  • Looks pretty cool! Can't wait for wp8.1 to arrive....
  • Pbbbbtt...  silly, Windows Phone.  Clearly Google/Android is a better product -- there is no reason to TELL it what I like.  Google already knows everything about me, my family, and my future.  Data mining FTW!
  • Daniel delete this bitch now. Google knows your family thats great. Youre also another example which is caught by google gandu stealing your data
  • Oh wow..  No words to explain on how badly sarcasm escapes you.
  • Your dad is sitting with your mom holding him on a rack daddy
  • Holy crap.  Did Kindergarten let out early?  Please stop lowering the intelligence of this forum and piss off.  I'm sorry you have no sense of humor; life must be rough.
  • you're the one with low intelligence trying to communicate sarcasm over text on a comment thread.
  • I agree, James.  Sarcasm has no place in such serious conversations as mobile personal assistants.
  • Try talking sarcastically to Cortana.
  • And if she gets it, we have a winner.
  • Can I type a question and communicate with Cortana that way instead of verbally? There are situations where I think the features would be useful without annoying everyone by talking at my phone. I can't tell if that white box next to the microphone icon is actually a text box as it seems a lot taller than a standard text box.   Interesting that the app doesn't follow common WP UI (the music icon and 3-bars menu icon at the top instead of an app bar at the bottom).
  • Lol how about "actually use" your phone?
  • what will happen when you say "fuck you" to Cortana ? When I say it to Siri she usually says "No !" :-)
  • She will probably send master chief to your house and shank you with the energy sword.
  • Lol
  • Dat animated live tile!
  • +1
  • I hope they leak the file manager. This is something I so badly want to see. 
  • Absorbing! No voice! Lol. I read the comments. It makes sense he didn't talk, but it was like going to a strip club and the strippers put their clothes on.
  • I am a windows phone fan but you faboys are just hilarious. We have seen NOTHING yet that can prove that cortana is better than siri or google now. I'm pretty sure its better than siri, cos siri also uses Bing, but google now has google, and the google search engine/ data is way bigger, thus having more data. Foursquire? Nobody uses that over here. And those few questions in this video? I'm not sure.. I would have difficulty picking only 2 options from those lists. Looks like you'll miss out on what you didn't select.so just stop your stupid fanboyism and wait till we can actually use it.
  • Chill bro.
    It should be better than siri because it offers contextual services like Google Now.
    It should be better than Google Now because it offers personal interactions, like siri.
    If both of these things pan out, it will be better than both because it is a combination of the two.
    Just because it may not work great wherever you are, or it just doesn't excite you, doesn't mean others here are "stupid". Frankly, comments like yours make you look bad.
  • I was responding to an earlier comment, but the app put it at the end here out context.
  • HEY Guys I started a FORUM : THE NEXT BIG THING- Microsoft's CORTANA vs Apple's and Samsung's Move on Health As we know Samsung and Apple (rumored) are going all out this year with MOBILE HEALTH and FITNESS. I believe they're trying to define that as the NEXT BIG THING in 2014. Of course Microsoft has no horse in that race(to my knowledge), but they do have CORTANA. Which can potentially be a GAME CHANGER and usurp the dialouge in mobile this year. If they don't they may be left behind yet again if mobile HEALTH and FITNESS are rule the conversation for mobile this year. What do you guys think, can Microsoft pull of an artificially intelligent digital assistant that makes the masses say, "I WANT A WINDOW's PHONE." Thus winning the hearts and minds of consumers or will it just be a "me-too" feature that the likes of Apple and Google easily silence with thier Health and Wellness software, devices and paraphernalia.   Head over to the forums and let's hash it out! http://forums.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8-1/266878-next-big-thing-microsoft-s-cortana-vs-apples-samsungs-move-health.html
  • Health and fitness. Nah. Its like apples and googles new years resolution.
  • Why doesn't Crotana speaks up herself.
  • I love how this video demo of a talking voice activated assistant has absolutely NO TALKING WHATSOEVER from either parties.
  • Would it be possible Cortana didn't have a voice yet in that build? I don't blame the bloke for not talking though.
  • it is not ready yet
  • SPAM - don't click.
  • Picking only two from every list.. Already gives me a headache.. I'll feel like I'll miss out on what I don't select..
  • It will learn and improve over time, this is just to get you started.
  • Boo yah. Everyone is already forgetting. Thank you. Don't forget about the notebook guys and gals.
  • You guys just made my day :)
  • Will this replace holding the win key?
  • Sorry Sam, I had to stop reading after a few grammar errors in the top half:
    "Microsoft’s is introducing"
    "That some else is making it"
    And "The first time the public is seeing it for the first time"
  • I don't think he will miss you.
  • Lol I'm a college instructor and a proofreader but I didn't have that reaction.
  • leaks leaks leaks, this is a stupid old trick that the companies do to make their products more popular, world became stupid...everything is bein leaked and still the companies do a launch event to sruprise the users!? like they dont know that we already know what products they will launch and i think by leaking their products to the users, they will get a primary opinoins from the user and they will see if something should be changed or not in the final product so when they launch their product, it will be more favourable to the users who already know almost everything about it from the so called "leaks" or we can call it, smart advertisments from the companies
  • Not so stupid then, eh? ;)
  • I don't know why we never talk about Windows Mobile OS. Microsoft had such a solid OS even before the competitors were even born.. Things like: Custom launchers (ex SPB launcher), Seperate volume controls, Android like top notification bar, Robust filemanager, Screen mirroring, Adaptable hardware buttons (yes, you could say what your hardware buttons had to do), Multiple input types, VPN, apps on card were all there in Windows Mobile decade back.. and today we miss so much.. if at all MS had polished it enough, it would never be left behind..
  • One word. Evolution.
  • The circle is spinning on Cortana's live tile...
  • +1
  • Hopefully now tiles can act like dual windows, for example a YouTube video playing in a tile rather than opening the app. Or have music controls in a tile rather than pushing volume button and and having a drop down menu.
  • The verge have updated their article
  • Looks nice. Pity I'll never be able to use it... It only supports a few languages, and given Microsoft's track record, I'd highly doubt it will ever support more languages. In Denmark, we still have no Local Scout, no Bing News and various other missing features.
  • faster and smooth really can't wait for this
  • But will 512MB devices get Cortana?? (I hope so)
  • This is what I'm thinking about. First, they will just release it in some English-speaking countries (does that even include the Philippines?); next, will they be generous enough to give it to 512MB devices too? I have a Globe-locked (Philippine carrier) 620 and I feel my love with Cortana is like You and Me Against Microsoft.
  • Why Cortana Must Be Revolutionary! http://t.co/o5RTYfusmo http://t.co/kb9efLdh23
    I Think, I Think – I Can “To truly assist us in our daily lives a digital assistants must “know” who we are and how we live. Microsoft’s Satori engine powered Cortana is the first and only digital assistant with the fundamental seeds and necessary ingredients to deliver the true beginnings of what we will recognize as the AI dream come true. If anyone can offer the first true image of what looks like a thinking, “knowing”, context aware digital assistant – Microsoft can. Take this scenario for example, based on current technology available to Microsoft, if I am out of town Cortana should be able to quietly recommend a restaurant to me based on my location, knowing the time of day I usually eat and what I like to eat. After eating at the restaurant, and leaving the location(using Foursquare technology and geofenching) Cortana should be able to unobtrusively ask if I enjoyed the food at that location. Based upon my response Cortana can save the information making my assessment of the restaurant part of “her” memory, to remind me of the establishment should I be in the area in the future. Cortana should also be able to make my assessment of the restaurant available to my social network connections as a location that I would either recommend or discourage friends, based on their likes, to either try or avoid. And all of this should be done completely hands free just as receiving and responding to text messages is now on Windows Phone.”
    READ THE REST HERE:
    http://jltechword.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/why-windows-phone-8-1-particu...
  • So if you scroll down there is stuff like GNow? Only because it says "Here's the weather right now" but doesn't show any weather so maybe there it more information under the voice/search box like in GNow?!   I hope so
  • I was thrown off by this. It's not even a question, but it's almost like it is suggesting that you speak "Here's the weather right now" into the phone since it's right above the input box. Weird!
  • Where is the voice?? Who else was adjusting your volume ?
  • I did>:(
  • I see the Settings menu is still an unstructured mess. Alphabetise ffs.
  • I guess many didn't voice their choice in MS feedback.
  • I'm smelling controlled leaks here. Microsoft used controlled leaks and viral videos in the past. They knew this stuff would be leaked in sure
  • Anyone else loving the new look of the Next/ skip buttons? I find it way much better looking than the old ( current one).
  • Looks cool. Looking forward to this.
  • Nice!
  • She ugly.
  • I know! You can't even tell its her!
  • Looks damn fine can't wait hope it works properly unlike siri on ios. Its pretty poor on my wifes ip5. I just sold my 920 and have a new 925 so roll on this much anticipated update. I love all the new features coming WP will finally compete properly especially with app count going up and all the extra features. These leaks I think are great and it definitely keeps my interest and keeps me WP all the way. Plus can't wait for international variant of the icon the 929.....
  • This is a great time to be with Windows phone with major updates like this.....
  • WOW THAT'S AWESOME -said some guy in 2012 MEH - 2014
  • Lol :-)
  • Gtfo.
  • When is it going to be released to the masses?
  • Next month if you're up to the dev preview. Otherwise only god knows when you'll get it. Maybe by fall, if you're luck.
  • beautiful voice!
  • Its like a whisper in my def ear. What'd she say?
  • So is the bing button total gone? You have to hold for cortona right? Liked bing it was easy.
  • Press for Bing, hold for the bitch slave.
  • Cortana is a waste of time and development money. Its playing catch up to a gimmick technology that I rarely witness anyone using anymore.
  • You have to read a lot on technology. You should catch up. We are already in 2014.
  • Let it goooo let it gooo
  • Don't hold it, just release it. Let it out.
  • Sorry. Microsoft's is?
  • She is soooooo going to address me as "Doctor".  And I will love it every time.
  • I will be her "father". And she will be mother.
  • Awesome!! :'D
  • A mute demonstrating cortana! Are you having a laugh! Are you not embarrassed for submitting such a shit video!
  • I want the 20 min of my life back that I wasted reading the 330 comments previous to this one.....
  • Wait wait. So we have to push the microphone button for Cortana to listen to us? It should always keep listening after asking a question like Google Now and Siri...
  • Oh la la! J'adore :D
  • Swear it would've made more sense to use Super Intendant from ODST
  • WPcentral should probably just stop showing leaked stuff since people here don't get the concept.  Leaks are leaks, they aren't full on demos.  Seriously..   Be grateful you at least got to see this much.  It's much better than nothing at all.  And if you can't see that, then you're probably some cynical person who gets disappointed by most things in life.
  • Microsoft is very stupid for not using a better look for Cortana; I would've love to see her face on there, now that would've been revolutionary unlike what they have now which is just ok and not revolutionary at all... Very disappointed with what I'm seeing. But it is better than what we have now.
  • If not Jen Taylor/Cortana, I say Virgil or 343 Guilty Spark!
  • This will make my phone cooler for sure
  • Guys..on a side note..Facebook messenger for wp8 is here :D
    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/facebook-messenger/3219d30d-...
  • Downloading
  • All the leakers are fakes.Of course 'leaks' drum up excitement for a product, more than if it just would just be featured in the news.
    And we're the idiots who get impressed by the leakers.
    Companies intentionally 'leak' word of their products.If they wanted, word about something would never get out.
  • Is it not supposed to talk, like Siri?
  • Did u all noticed the fb icon beside network signal strength bar in this video??
  • yuuuuhooooooooooo, most awaited feature.. yeah that's exciting..
  • "Ask sender: notify anyway?" So cool, my assistant in my phone :)
  • If its not called Cortana or voiced by Taylor i am leaving WP and getting a iphone again.
  • How about folders in Windows 8.1? Didn't hear a thing about that, but it's needed a lot.
  • Doesnt work commands work or are the writer afraid of his own voice? If its the latter, this "review" should really be done by someone without a soscial fobia :)  
  • What?? dude show the whole thing, I do not hear any voice response from it. I would have been ok to show how the voice sounds, how it interacts not justr a 90% mute video. Why wasting our time?? wpcentral, please notify this user next time to show a really usable preview of a feature..I've lost 2 minutes and half wathcing a mute video...
  • I dislike the fact that it asks so many questions on startup. If it's supposed to be an "AI" assistant shouldn't it simply adapt to what you ask? So if you constantly ask it for recipes around 6pm on a Friday or whatever it should instinctively do that when that time comes around. I want a digital assistant that literally learns my patterns and adapts to them, running apps when I am in different locations (like gym apps, or movie times when near my favourite cinemas).
  • If I had to guess I'd say it's only experimental for now, for Microsoft to speed up the process to see how Cortana deals with info once she learns enough about the user. She will probably be smart enough to learn from user's daily routines, eventually :)
  • Hey anyone notice there's music icon on top left side of screen. What's that for ?
  • Probably music recognition... Just like shazam...
  • I don't know why cortana needs a tile seems like an unnecessary step to get to something that should be built into the search button. I love tiles on Windows but I don't think everything needs to have its own tile. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Does anybody know if this feature is coming to W8.1?  I have a lumia 2520.  I know we have voice recogniation already (which is pretty awesome itself I ight add) but still want to know. 
  • Is this coming for windows phone 7.5 for my nokia 800?
  • Sorry, it only is coming to WP8, you can a Windows Phone 8 on amazon, ebay, or from any major carrier
  • When is it coming for nokia 800 for my windows phone 7.8?
  • What a boring video
  • Cortana its Romanian linguage ?
     
  • Beeing a minority language speaker - in my case swedish - booth you and me will probably never get neither speech recognition nor Cortana in our language.
     
  • So, you can change Cortanas settings. How amazing. What else? I don't hear her talking...  
  • I like this Cortana feature so i would love more and more my windows phone if it available soon for my lumia 920.
  • Just thinking this site must be a fake, right? 
    http://www.microsoft-cortana.com/   Ah, just found the disclaimer: This site not affiliated with Microsoft. So nothing to see here.