Microsoft Cortana, and why the future of AI is contextual

Cortana and Microsoft logo
Cortana and Microsoft logo (Image credit: Windows Central)

To a lot of people watching the technology world and digital assistants, Microsoft's Cortana often ranks low on the list of options. A lot has happened since 2013, when Microsoft began putting Cortana into Windows Phones, including the death of that platform. But in 2019, the voice assistant is getting some significant revisions, including contextual-based conversational abilities as announced at the Build developer conference this week in Seattle. To get some answers about why contextually-aware artificial intelligence (AI) is a considerable breakthrough, and what's coming next for Cortana, we sat down with Andrew Shuman, Corporate Vice President of Cortana Engineering, and Daniel Klein, Technical Fellow at Microsoft Semantic Machines and a Professor at UC Berkeley, to find out.

Years of redefining

Cortana is not dead

While our 30-minute conversation ranged from skills to natural language processing and the problem with smart speakers, the big question we had was about the perception that Cortana is a dead platform. Shuman was emphatic. "Cortana is not dead," he said. "Fundamentally it is a foundational horizontal piece … like Microsoft Account, Microsoft Store, Microsoft Search."

That may come as a surprise to many Cortana users. With the demise of mobile, Cortana has been undergoing an identify alteration during the last few years, including its development shifting to the Office team.

One year ago, we wrote an article detailing Microsoft's plans for Cortana. At the time we said, "Microsoft's end goal is to integrate Cortana into Windows 10 seamlessly so that users don't even know they're using it." That point still holds. It was also in May 2018 when Microsoft acquired Semantic Machines, the Berkeley, Cali.-based AI company that powers the very conversational technology demonstrated this week at Build through Cortana.

Microsoft is working on a Cortana experience that looks and feels like a normal text conversation.

The chaos over Cortana, though, seems to be coming to an end. Recent significant revisions to the Cortana iOS and Android apps, and integrating it through more Microsoft endpoints (such as software and services) means that Cortana is on its way to being less app-centric and more people-centric, basing its knowledge graph on what we do, not just a single, siloed experience.

Regarding the fragmented Cortana experience today in Windows 10 – something we criticized in our May 2019 Update review – Shuman said Cortana on Windows 10 will get a similar typing experience found now on iOS and Android, with a more refined and modern look. "That's just an interim step," Shuman said.

This feature is a big deal because the Cortana experience on Windows 10 has slowly regressed during the last few Windows 10 feature updates. It started as a thriving virtual-assistant experience complete with day overviews, upcoming meetings, latest news, and weather forecasts, but is now an empty shell that does nothing but listen to you when you click it. The Cortana experience on Windows 10 today is something most people aren't going to want to use. It's not fun, nor informative, and it only works if you know what you're going to say. Many people don't feel comfortable talking to their PCs, so a redesigned Cortana experience that puts typing front and center is vital.

This decision doesn't mean Microsoft is going to remove the ability to talk to Cortana on PC. It just means the user experience Microsoft is working on is going to better enable both use cases. Microsoft already does this with Cortana on Android and iOS; the user interface works equally well with voice or text, and the same can be expected for Cortana on Windows 10.

If the experience looks and feels like a normal text conversation, like an SMS or iMessage conversation with a friend, people are much more likely to interact with Cortana. That's what Microsoft is hopefully working towards with the Cortana experience on Windows 10. Cortana is designed to help you stay productive, and typing is sometimes more natural than speaking.

Talk like people

Why contextual awareness matters

Turning to this week's announcement, Microsoft showed a demo of a woman interacting with Cortana on her smartphone. The flowing conversation has no less than 34 turns between the AI and user. This ability to converse with AI is the crucial step that has been missing so far with Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google. Currently, users need to think before they speak to phrase the request in such a way that the AI understands the command. "Right now you do the work for the system," said Klein.

All of that is about to change. The technology behind Semantic Machines, which is live and working code, lets the AI understand that when talking about "John" from a meeting, using the object pronoun "him" means John. And when talking about that meeting, the user can now ask, "What will the weather be like?", and the AI will understand that the user intends to learn about the weather at the location of the meeting — even if is 1,000 miles away.

Soon you will be able to ask Cortana to order a pizza, and the AI will come back with available stores.

This ability to understand intention through context is simple for humans to do but exceptionally difficult for computers. It's more than just a rule-based system, which is the current one that is already restricted by a siloed task; for example, when you plan a meeting, you can't also talk about the weather.

The ability to parse language with context also gets around the "skills problem." While having a dozen skills – services connected to an AI like Spotify – is nice, having thousands is overwhelming. Humans don't work that way because you must know in advance that the skill exists, that the skill is enabled, and then remember the skill command. None of that is smart. Contextually-aware systems that work on natural language processing can get around that. Soon you will be able to ask Cortana to order a pizza, and the AI will come back with available stores. Microsoft said. From there the user and AI can have a conversation about location, delivery or pickup, toppings and more, just like you would with another human.

As to when we'll see the technology within Cortana, Microsoft is being tight-lipped. However, it said that what has been shown is not some idealized, theoretical goal, and the code is live and working today. Microsoft sees Cortana as a single service that can be enabled on all devices, meaning what was shown this week will work on Windows 10, your smartphone of choice, or a Harmon-Kardon Invoke speaker, for example. However, if you were hoping for a new consumer-focused Cortana home speaker, Shuman has some bad news. "We're not going after more of that at this point," he said.

AI to make life easier

Cortana is about managing time

Cortana and Alexa

Cortana and Alexa (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

In talking with Shuman and Klein, it's clear Microsoft is making another big bet with Cortana and, in general, AI. Shuman was quite bullish on the contribution by Semantic Machines, noting their tech is like a "brain transplant" for Cortana. However, the popular notion of Cortana as a single app experience that is trying to do a "fast follow" of Alexa, Siri, or Google is incorrect. Microsoft's vision of AI is weaved around its core apps, services, and Windows OS. With the success of Microsoft 365 and Office 365 for productivity, email, Edge, Teams and more, many companies are already heavily steeped in Microsoft. AI that leverages all that data is simply something that Amazon, Google, and Apple cannot replicate.

AI is still very far from realizing its true potential.

Nonetheless, both Klein and Shuman pointed out that even with this breakthrough, AI is still very far from realizing its true potential. Klein said AI is "inches away from the starting line," while Shuman said there's still "a giant gap between what has been achieved and what can be achieved."

Microsoft's grand goal with Cortana is simple: free up more time in your life. With smart AI built around your work and personal lives, Cortana will someday soon be able to navigate and negotiate the complexities of the modern world. Contextually-aware conversations are the first big leap towards that achievement.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • The Cortana naysayers are not wrong. The Cortana experience sucks right now. But the truth is that all consumer AI right now is not very good. Beyond some simple multi-turn conversational queries and the forest of Alexa skills, there isn't much actual intelligence. After so many years of not driving, and years of giving it location data during my commute and explicitly telling it I take the train, Google still thinks I need driving instructions. I mean, FFS. Totally stupid. Not intelligent at all. This seems a lot more promising and useful. And the key appears to be all the Microsoft PIM and productivity software. Now let's see if Cortana can get back to tracking my flights and packages correctly again. First things first.
  • I like wise words, and this article is well written. I would like to believe it. But... When in Europe ? When In France ? When in Spain ? I can't even enjoy the "true" power of cortana while living in Europe.
  • Sounds neat and all but I still don't see Cortana succeeding without a mobile platform from Microsoft. To access Cortana, users are still going to have to open an app on their phone, which is a small but significant barrier that Google doesn't have to worry about. Not to mention the fact that this contextual Cortana is not going to be released to the public for a while. I'm sure that Google is working to bring the same functionality to its assistant on the same timeline or even sooner. Generally Google doesn't announce new features unless they're arriving within the next calendar year and it sounds like an improved Cortana will certainly appear later than that. We'll see but I dont expect Cortana will ever be anything more than a minor assistive tool in the Windows OS.
  • I disagree...IF Microsoft would use it's talent and muscle to push for Cortana being capable of running as deep in Android as it does on Windows phones, THAT would be the mobile platform. Right now, the BEST you can hope to do is make sure Launcher is front and center and turn on Cortana's capability there. But it doesn't work consistently and any little app can get in the way of that working. And that simply is NOT acceptable to me.
  • You act like Microsoft can simply choose to integrate Cortona as the default, integrated assistant on an Android platform. Even if Microsoft manufactured their own phones with their version of Android, Google would refuse to allow access to the Google Play store, leaving the phone with no apps. They have absolutely no incentive to allow Microsoft to supplant their own assitant with Cortona so I wouldn't hold my breath on that ever happening.
  • My Android-Phone has all the apps it needs without playstore.
  • Yeah, but maybe you know more about tech than 90% of the consumer market... Android is fully customizable, but that doesn't mean that everybody wants/needs this level of customization.
  • "Even if Microsoft manufactured their own phones with their version of Android, Google would refuse to allow access to the Google Play store"
    As long as their version still fulfilled the criteria for Google Play certification, they couldn't do that.
  • Android is open enough that you could likely install the Playstore after the fact. Did it on my Fire Tablet. Not hard.
  • "Soon you will be able to ask Cortana to order a pizza, and the AI will come back with available stores." Can't we already do that, since like WP8.1 days?
  • Probably, but does it have a new icon?
  • That is cold blooded... and I laughed hard my rib hurts
  • I still think that unless you can get users to interact with Cortana on mobile more or get users to reinvest into the Microsoft ecosystem via mobile, I don't really see it growing. Yeah Cortana will improve but will the regular end user care or seek it out? While I get that Cortana will become better behind the scenes for helping the user, the user first has to be using Microsoft's apps and/or platform. It would be better if Microsoft maybe tried a flagship Android phone complete with everything Microsoft preloaded and by default. At this point, a Note like device from Microsoft with the same level of design and specs as the Lumia did during their time running Android would be welcome. Cortana as default, might work better than trying to get users to install their apps and Cortana alongside the other apps that are already default. Most end users don't change defaults. Most end users use what is already on their phone. Maybe Microsoft releasing a Android phone won't sell. But a more contextual Cortana only works if the user is using a Microsoft product. No mobile whether Windows or Android will result in minimal usage and eventual cancelation of Cortana as end users grow up using Google and Apple ecosystems by default. I'm all for Cortana growing but at this point, gotta be realistic. My kid is growing up in a Chromebook and iPad world. Where Microsoft is only a factor with Xbox. Where people want iPhones or Samsung's latest device. He's not going to think, I need Cortana because she might be better. He's going to use what's on the phone by default and it might not be Microsoft Services which would take advantage of Cortana. Google Assistant or Alexa will just take whatever Cortana is doing and offer the same thing. Doesn't have to even meet the bar set by Cortana. Because the best thing doesn't always win. Tl;dr
    Unless Microsoft can grasp mobile whether it's their own or Android, I don't see Cortana really making a difference in the regular end users eyes in the future. People are going to use what comes on their phone, and it's not Microsoft products/services which would enable her usage.
  • After 6 years of seeing 'We're sorry, but Cortana is not available in your region' I've long since given up on it ever arriving either at all, or with anything resembling the feature-set it has in the US. And yet I can travel to numerous places, and Google Assistant works fine. There's no excuses for Cortana being as region contained as it is, no real excuses anyway. Frankly, it's confusing to know what's going on. Microsoft is all enthusiam for their Cortana plans one moment, then it cools off, then it's all on again, then off...etc etc. So now, yet again, they're all enthusiastic about it. For now.
  • If it would be pre-installed in cars, phones and other devices, it will still be fairly limited only to people who actively seek its app. Are there any plans to address this?
  • Cortana as a MSFT branded consumer endpoint is probably dead as a concept. But her essence will be integrated into many other assistants (BMW, check my calendar). Microsoft's goal has got to be to have her working behind the scenes for many partners and characters. Just as Surface is a Microsoft brand that coexists and competes with OEM partners, I think "Cortana" will always be much bigger than what the general public perceives.
  • MSFT said this in Build. BMW wants to have there own brand identity in there cars. So they will use Azure and all its tools to build the BMW expereince. You may be talking to your BMW, but you will really be using Azure, cortana etc. to communicate.
  • NO NO NO!!!! The Cortana experience on the Windows phones is still fantastic. And THAT is my major complaint: Microsoft has refused to TAKE that experience and make it at LEAST as good on Android or iPhone. In our house, we use Cortana hands-free all the time. That is our preferred method. NOT typing. VOICE. I should never HAVE to touch a device to use it. But in order to come anywhere close to the Windows phone experience using Cortana on Android, I have to have the Launch active or I have to touch a stupid icon. That is flat WRONG. So, if Microsoft is finally getting their heads out of the up-and-locked position and moving toward what was in that demo, then I'm cautiously optimistic. That might be the thing that finally convinces me to consider Android to replace our Lumia's. But right now, every effort I've tried on my test Huawei phone has shown me they aren't serious yet.
  • Never going to happen. Time to switch ecosystems. Haven't you figure out how this works yet? Microsoft will continue to only give Cortana lip service while in reality do the exact opposite. They are already removing functionality from Windows 10. You will hear talk over the next 6 months and then it will fade away. Eventually someone like Joe B will be asked about it and will just say they "have a different focus". Cortana will be abandoned because no one uses it and Microsoft has made no effort to get it into a place where people will use it.
  • Microsoft just killed UWP and probably the store too. Really no reason to stick with their ecosystem or services.
  • They switched from UWP to PWA, because that is the route many app developers are going. This isn't just a Windows thing, it's Android and iPhone, too. This in and of itself will not be the cause of Microsoft's online store being affected. There are many reasons to stick with, if you've invested. Yes Google and Apple have services that are comparable to Microsoft's to some degree. However, if you're already invested in Office, OneDrive, outlook, and other services, why go through the hassle? These services still work very well and will be around for the foreseen future. Coming from Windows 10 Mobile and Surfaces devices, I'm comfortable with their services and have no desire to switch. I use minimal Android services on my Note 8. At the end of the day, it's a choice. As much as I loved my Lumia 950 XL and using Cortana regularly, not having them or using it the way I once did, does not deter me from using their service that still work well.
  • I am not talking about switching to PWA (a Google platform and a Chromebook Trojan Horse). Microsoft actually now is saying that UWP was a mistake and the Store isn't going to be their center point any longer. Office and One Drive aren't really consumer services. They are something you use for work. Microsoft really doesn't have any consumer services beyond Outlook and that is mediocre at best. The Android app is absolutely terrible. Microsoft really has no consumer ecosystem to speak of. No music streaming, photo, maps, or mobile platform. No TV, car, or wearables. No smart speakers or other home automation products. They really have nothing and no chance for a future for such consumer products. Why bother sticking around at all?
  • You make valid points. No argument on that. My point was, it's a choice. They realize it would be nearly impossible to get back into mobile right now. They would have to release a device that's truly amazing. That's another topic. But, their desire to have their service usable on any device is a step in the consumer market. I would say, it's the only option they have, at this point. They continue to regularly update and improve their apps. Now, I do wish they had kept Groove as a means to stream audible files from OneDrive, but I have to use a third party app.
  • Have you found a 3rd party app that replaces Groove and syncs playlists across devices?
  • Cloud Player. Works well for my needs. Not as nice as Groove, but it gets the job done.
  • Microsoft never said any of this.
  • You know what I am talking about. "As the most senior public face of Microsoft’s Windows 10 developer efforts, Mr. Gallo has to say it like that. But I do appreciate that he was honest about the mistake the firm made when it tried to jam UWP down developers’ throats—“we shouldn’t have gone that way”—and that doing so created a “massive divide” between legacy Win32/.NET developers and UWP developers."
  • This is a big deal. Integrating Cortana into various Microsoft services, esp. Windows together with the 'brain' they talk about, Cortana will help people even without knowing that we needed that. The future of Cortana looks fantastic. This too will be aimed at 'prosumers'; aiding in getting the perfect work-life balance, and the 'cool' stuffs for a consumer perspective will be missing.
  • How do you achieve a work-life balance when the life part is non-existent? Is Cortana really that useful for work?
  • Stop trolling. Nobody cares.
  • Not trolling anything. Asking real questions. This article is insane. There is no justification for Microsoft's treatment of Cortana. Either they should push it properly or kill it. If they aren't interested in putting real effort in, why bother?
  • I remember Cortana reading me my incoming texts on my windows mobile. It was awesome, but I can't see giving it another try on Android until it's hands free. I also used to use Cortana on the Xbox but Microsoft seemed to make it worse and worse, especially on the x. I would have forgotten that she is still on my console if it wasn't for popping up uninvited and forcing me to find the controller to close the menu fly hovering over my shows.
  • Contextual language AI is certainly a game changer, and I remarked as much when they made this vital acquisition. The issue is, those skills being confined to the US. Yes, I know mobile integration matters, and sure, it would be nice for it to be better on Android. But without at least pushing the skills to other countries that work, like Australia and the UK, it suffers from MSFTs US-centric problem. As a business-centric tool, it HAS to be bigger than one country.
  • I think the fact that Cortana was never allowed outside of the US is a signal that MS's existing strategy has always been tentative. Cortana was always an also-ran. Maybe this acquisition and the implementation of the new tech is what will change that.
  • If Cortana fails in the US, why spend more time and money expanding the failure? That doesn't make sense. Put that time and effort into making it competitive, then expand when you have it right. Doubling down on failure makes no sense.
  • Cortana on Android is not at all useful. I don't want to have to press a button to speak to it. Should be completely voice activated like Google.
  • If you are on Android, why use Cortana at all? Assistant is far superior and even does the contextual thing Microsoft is only talking about. It is also about to get much better.
  • It does, if you use Microsoft Launcher. But, it's limited. It only does it while on home screen, if you have an app open, you will have to press a button. As much as people complain about MS not integrating it more, they are restricted. Assistant and Bixby are the only two virtual assistants that have this feature on Android devices. There are no third party assistants that I'm aware of that can voice activate, no matter what your doing on your phone.
  • Would be nice if they made a Microsoft Android flagship smartphone with the best of everything from Windows phones (of course Launcher instead of Live Tiles sadly). I'd take this instead of what I currently have available to me. Give me a Google-less, besides Play Store, Android phone with Microsoft apps and services replacing Google and a Surface Pen Mini. Cortana working from lock screen and at all times like before. Cortana reading/replying to text messages using voice. Outlook app that isn't a toy. I'd be happy. But this wont happen, because the masses probably wont by a Microsoft Android phone, because it's from Microsoft. I know I would. Everything uninstallable that isn't apart of the base phone functionality. But hey, whatever. Over the next 5 years, I will just end up being rolled into Google while Microsoft slowly withdraws in just about everything consumer besides Xbox. Cortana had so much potential. But, got shafted by her creators.
  • Microsoft has this wrong. You don't want to have a long, drawn out conversation with your PC. It isn't a person, a friend, it is a task manager. Having to have 34 turns to compete a task is ridiculous. How inefficient is that? Cortana has nearly zero users. How are they going to get these pizza places to support their assistant? Where are people going to use their assistant? It is now hidden in Windows and takes effort to install and use on Android. There are no smart speakers available. It is only a matter of time before Cortana is forgotten about. Promises from Microsoft are cheap and unreliable. Actions speak much louder, and their actions say "stay away". Until you can go buy a $30 Cortana speaker, Microsoft isn't taking it seriously.
  • You know what else isn't a friend, bleached? The comments section of WC. Really, why bother? Get a pet.
  • No response as usual. You know I am right.
  • Dude you're just trolling. You have zero insight into how useful conversational AI will be in business. You're just a troll. And one that's not even fun to mock anymore. I yearn for the days when your trolling was entertaining. I am crying as we speak.
  • Didn't see Google's new Assistant? Conversational is the old direction and it is too slow. As AI becomes better at understanding you, there is no reason for a conversation, it just has to complete the task ASAP. "Conversational" is where AI has been for years and Microsoft is claiming it is their future? They don't even know when they are behind.
  • Because, Cortana is more than just the voice assistant being focused on in the article. In essence, Cortana is indeed being used by the millions of users that use Bing. Yes, millions... To put it into context, in 2016, Bing had 15 billion searches, give or take. I don't imagine this has dropped much since that time. Cortana is just the voice and interactive part of Bing. Cortana isn't going anywhere. Although, with Cortana and Alexa being able to access one another, I wouldn't be surprised if there ends up being some sort of deeper integration with one another in the future. Just my opinion and it will not likely happen, but a complete merger of the two and leaving only one to work with... Hmm Corlexa? Lol
  • So Cortana is nothing more than a voice activated Bing search? Who cares about that? It is something you use because you have to or aren't savvy enough to care about defaults.
  • I can't speak for anyone else, but I use it because I have no desire to use Google search. So, I downloaded Edge browser and change the default to Bing. I only use Google products, where I have to. I don't hate them, just a choice.
  • My favourite thing about Cortana is when I type in a file on my computer in the search and I get a spinning loading logo while it searches the web for a local file. So frigging stupid.
  • 14,9 billion searches on Bing were about Porn. That's the only good thing Bing is for.
  • Without a mobile presence this is dead in the water because you cannot set Cortana as the default assistant in any phone. I find myself using the assistant when I'm driving or busy with something else. Not while using my laptop. I'm sure this is the case for most people. Amazon and Google are way ahead of the game. Microsoft is trying to catch up and surpass them at the same time and I don't see that happening.
  • Amazon didn't have a mobile platform either, so they built smart speakers. Microsoft isn't interested, this is just lip service. They have no real plans or expectations.
  • Holy **** dude, did you have some sort of troll epiphany, and now it's all troll-or-nothing? Trolling Thelma and Louise off a cliff? No,really, get a dog. It's emotionally healthy.
  • You must be new here.. Lol
  • You think I am wrong? You think Cortana will be a better place in a year and not further behind and abandoned?
  • Ignore them, bleached. You cannot reason with M$ Cultists.
  • > the popular notion of Cortana as a single app experience that is trying to do a "fast follow" of Alexa, Siri, or Google is incorrect. This is the problem, and it shows in them abandoning the home speaker market. People want one platform to handle everything. Microsoft killing off its early mover advantage in the home market (think Kinect on Xbox One in 2013) and essentially conceding that space--and, worse, their space on their own platforms like Windows 10 and Xbox--to Amazon's Alexa is already the nail in the coffin. Customers will just use Alexa instead. And these digital assistants will be more important as any other operating system is today--more important than Windows, more important than iOS, and more important than Android. And Microsoft has, once again, taken the wrong strategy. When they should've been tripling down on Cortana improvements and market penetration, they've backpedaled, buddied up with Alexa, and basically relegated Cortana's fate to a sidekick. I was at a Microsoft event recently and Microsoft employees asked us how we reach search on our computers and I said "I say 'Hey Cortana'", and they all looked at me like I was speaking in Klingon. That does not bode well.
  • "That does not bode well." Not even Microsoft employees use Edge, so...
  • the future of AI is being about to name your powershell scripts with emoji's....
  • As far as I know, Cortana still don't speak Norwegians. But Google actually do.
  • Nobody uses it in English, why would Norwegian change that?
  • Cortana still is not dead?!... MS can help...))
  • It's dead. Don't listen to this bs here. Do you personally know a single person on the planet Earth that even remotely uses Cortana for anything? Or maybe I have to paraphrase my question a bit - Do you personally know anyone on the planet Earth that even remotely knows what Cortana is, excluding tech nerds, excluding tech nerds closely following Microsoft in particular?
  • a big problem with AI is the voices. it's much much quicker to just read something than wait for it to speak it to you
  • Check out the new Google Assistant. That is what they are addressing.
  • What will be really cool is when Cortana can be your editor. Your second to last sentance "Cortana will someday soon be able to navigate and navigate the complexities of the mordern world." I would think Cortana could recognize that "and navigate" is not needed. Wont that be nice is your Digital Assistant can proofread as you wrote and make some of these noticable editing problems. I know there are lots of tools out there that try to do this editing. I could pay Grammarly a monthly fee to imporve my comments/writing.
  • Notice my many mistakes? Even after I reread my comment several times before I hit "comment".
  • Notice the many mistakes in every story posted here? Proofreading is a lost art.
  • I think Google will dominate assistant market, Amazon is leading well in homes but outside home google is far leading 1billion android devices and 500 car models
  • 1 billion Android devices? It’s approaching 3 billion. Also, there are nearly 1 billion iOS devices.
  • "Cortana is not dead" mkay, whatever you say WC. Isn't this the same guy Rubino and same website WC that were claiming with confidence, because of their mysterious moles and sources at MS that Microsoft is DEFINITELY releasing a pocketable Surface device in 2014, then in 2015, then in 2016, then in 2017, then in 2018, then in 2019? Credibility 0. Writing my comment for the third time inb4 being cowardly deleted again. Will do it again. Can't handle the truth?
  • Isn't this the same guy oraora that a week ago was claiming that he was done with this website?
    Credibility currently circling the pan waiting for the final flush 🙄
  • oraora I invite you to stop visiting our site. If you don't take the invitation, I'll show you the door.
  • Cortana is USELESS outside of the United States. It will remain pathetic as long as that continues.
  • If Cortana cannot gain traction in the US, it isn't going to catch-on anywhere worthwhile. No point expanding a failure.
  • This looks like the Microsoft Tellme service before they went to Cortana
  • on a sidenote it would be awesome if you could change Cortanas name and voice to master chief/John and have his voice!!! they need to differentiate somehow and this would be a cool way to do it! (someone needs to start a petition for this)