Listen to Cortana sing the hits in this entertaining mashup with a piano and guitar

One of the most popular features in Microsoft's Cortana is the ability for 'chitchat' aka asking the assistant odd questions, jokes, or even to sing. Even though I find this stuff a bit…odd…it is clear that users love it, hence why Microsoft keeps adding new things.

The YouTube channel Sidenotes is a project "born as a way to "annotate" some musical performances". When you ask Cortana to sing a song on Windows Phone or Windows 10 the assistant will oblige with a variety of tunes. The Sidenotes crew recorded her audio and then wrote some music to accompany it.

The result? A two-minute musical journey that starts off funny but evolves into something meaningful. The layered guitars and piano add a unique element that goes beyond just YouTube entertainment.

Seeing as there are so many fans of Cortana on Windows Central, it only makes sense we share it.

Source: Sidenotes – YouTube; via Reddit; Thanks, majortom1981, 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.

  • Cool
  • Now that's a fan
  • Thats sooo funny!! hhahahahaha i liked it.
  • She's amazing
  • Yeah, but she still can't pronounce Hawaiian.
  • loll... She will soon
  • Awesome! You might find it odd Daniel, but this kind of things (videos going vital for example) get people interested in the products more than any ad could.
  • Is this really synthesized using microsegments or is it simply prerecorded? Cortana sounds so extremely human when she sings, I can barely imagine it's really a machine. Has anyone details on this?
  • They are pre-recorded. I met Jen Taylor and she mentioned she had just recorded some new songs for Cortana. Lovely woman.
  • When Microsoft bring cortana in Middle east countries ?
  • When Microsoft bring Cortana to Middle earth?
  • She already sing in french ! really nice voice here ;)
  • Wen in Sweden?
  • I miss the Microsoft that just dropped billions for ego's sake.
  • Well that was an effective use of Cortana development resources. Oh, and it doesn't work in the alpha.
  • Gimmicky. That's all it ever will be.
  • No "Danny Boy"?! That's my favorite one!
  • omg the begginning with the "thinking" sound LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL i totally died, I'm texting from heaven.
  • You can also ask her to tell stories. Even bedtime stories. Haha. Pretty amusing.
  • Love it
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  • I didn't really see much meaningfullness in it. But the solo in Auld Lang Syne was pretty good.
  • That was cool