Microsoft takes Cortana to college to help with academic research

Cortana may or may not hold a college degree, but that's not stopping it from aiding in the research of academics who rely on the smarts of Windows Phone's digital assistant. Thanks to its reliance on Bing's search engine, Cortana will be able to integrate academic data more tightly into her repertoire starting this fall.

"This fall, she will be able to point the way to a wealth of information from the academic community," Microsoft announced at its 15th annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. "Cortana is powered by Bing, and soon, that search engine will have academic data tightly integrated and prominently featured on its search pages."

We'll have to wait until school is back in session to see how the power of Bing, Cortana, and integrated academic data perform when we're trying to crank out a research paper.

And in other Cortana news, we're hearing that our favorite assistant is rumored to make her way to the desktop. Perhaps, Cortana on Windows will help to aid students in the future if this pans out to be accurate.

Be sure to visit Microsoft to learn more about Cortana's book smarts.

Are you excited to see how Cortana will help you learn and research your favorite--or required--topics? As Cortana absorbs the Internet to provide you with relevant searches and information, what subject matter will you rely on Cortana to help you absorb in your study?

Thanks to Sridhar V. for the tip.

Chuong Nguyen

Chuong's passion for gadgets began with the humble PDA. Since then, he has covered a range of consumer and enterprise devices, raning from smartphones to tablets, laptops to desktops and everything in between for publications like Pocketnow, Digital Trends, Wareable, Paste Magazine, and TechRadar in the past before joining the awesome team at Windows Central. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, when not working, he likes exploring the diverse and eclectic food scene, taking short jaunts to wine country, soaking in the sun along California's coast, consuming news, and finding new hiking trails.