What else would you want Cortana to help with?

Microsoft is pushing Cortana in the Windows Phone 8.1 update, which is currently available as a Preview for Developers. The personal assistant has been a large hit with consumers (and developers) so we can see why people would like to see Cortana helping out more with their daily lives, but just how far would you be wanting to integrate the assistant?

Perhaps you require assistance in the kitchen, have some minor health symptoms or simply despise booting up your desktop PC and waiting for Windows to load (unless you're luck enough to have a half-decent machine), wouldn't it be neat if Cortana could go beyond functionality on the phone and tap into connected hardware? The possibilities are there, especially with what Microsoft will add to Windows Phone in the future.

We're interested in hearing some ideas as to what you'd like Cortana to help you with. Be sure to join in the discussion over on our community forum and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Also, don't forget the Cortana UserVoice, where you can actually add your own suggestions and whatnot.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Looks good
  • I want Cortana to massage me
  • Prostate examinations?
  • Will you do mine, NIST?.... Please❕
  • I literally come here to read rodneyej's comments some days lol. Keep up the good work. Lol ;D
  • Lol!.. You have to give credit to NIST as well... When he burns me he burns me bad...
    But, seriously... I would like it if Cortana could fix XBM....
  • So true :P
  • Lets see what the update next week brings..
  • With her mouth
  • First your jay-z post and now this. You are on fire in my book. Keep it up.
  • LOL
  • He probably is keeping it up, as long as Cortana's mouth is going to be involved!
  • You do know that Cortana is transgender right? Not that it matters now because "she's" so hot, but some guys might care.
  • I just want Cortana to respond to all of my questions instead of doing unnecessary web searches every now and then.
  • I agree... It gets annoying sometimes
  • +1520 on that
  • ➕ 822
  • ➕ 822!
  • They should add a conversation mode where she'll only talk to you with no searches.
  • Yup. Just respond to me young lady. I didn't ask you to search the web
  • This!
  • Maybe she could just start reading all of the major points on the Bing page.. Seriously!.. Like a quick summary, and then ask us which one to open.. They should add this as an option because I'm sure some wouldn't want that.. At least let us beta test that as an option.. Who knows, it might come in handy, and not be annoying..
  • 100% true
  • Relax, it's in beta. Remember how Siri worked when it was launched initially? (no offence but it still is a joke though!). PVAs get better with days. I've noticed Cortana now answers me those questions which she didn't when I asked for the first time. So they definitely are improving...
  • +1520
  • I want to tell cortana where i am and then she adjusts all my settings for that location. I.e "im at work", "ok chief". Then she turns down my finger to vibrate, activates pin lock, changes my lock screen and turns off wifi and data. Then "im driving", "ok chief", she switches on gps, Bluetooth, activates driving mode, starts here drive and plays my favorite playlist. You get the point....
  • I want to tell cortana where i am and then she adjusts all my settings for that location. I.e "im at work", "ok chief". Then she turns down my ringer to vibrate, activates pin lock, changes my lock screen and turns off wifi and data. Then "im driving", "ok chief", she switches on gps, Bluetooth, activates driving mode, starts here drive and plays my favorite playlist. You get the point....
  • Wat about something like the movie "HER"(Samantha). Would b awesome...
  • This would be amazingly nice feature! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Aaww mehn.....we all gonna fall in love with Cortana......just like in the "HER" movie.
  • I want her to be able to tell me what time it is.
  • Being able to hold a conversation. Haha and of course, tell the time :P
  • Hey Cortana, what's the time?
    *shows web results*
  • i agreee on time and also when i say remind me to shuit off the stove it just set and sond and a pop up most of the time i dont here the sond I just see the pop up I would rather she said its time for you to turn off the stove or call some one or feed the dog, etc.
  • yea spoken reminders are much needed.
  • Fantastic suggestion. I'm also extremely eager, as an option my paranoid friends, to have her 'always listening' to make better use of hands free. Until then an update that would keep the screen turned off when in my pocket would be nice. Holding my headphone button makes her wake up my phone and then the back or home button is pressed and apps start loading. Its a bit of a mess and something that didn't happen in WP8.
  • I thought about having a feature like that as well.. The only problem is if you are say sitting in a meeting and a loud ass reminder goes off,it wouldn't be good. Quiet time would take care of this,however if you need to be reminded at the same time you were at the meeting,it would be a problem. Just an example. Maybe you're with your side chick or whatever and you get a reminder to go pick up your main squeeze in 30 minutes.. That would be a problem lol
  • It would be cool if she could whisper something to you when you are in a meeting.  Basically, you would see a visual on the screen. You tap it and she whispers.
  • What you think about geo-tagged settings.. Ex. Turning phone to vibrate when at work, turning on wi-fi when at home and so on... Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Instead of saying "remind me..." Ask her to "set an alarm for..." That will get you a full fledged alarm vs just a reminder
  • I don't mind search results if it has the answer to my question on top. Some bing results show answers and some just show various websites. This seems to be a limitation on bing. Bing need to be improved to show more answer cards. They seem to be behind google on this. Even when it has a card it is below the wikkipedia link. The answer card should be on top.
  • Or to tell you the weather even if you only ask for it by state or country. Just assume I mean the capital of said state/country woman!
  • And date as well .. !   Way round it at the moment is to install Aria as well ...  then use
    "Aria tell me the time / date"   Rather sad needing a 3rd party speech app for such a simple request !
  • There's an app for that.
    "What time is it" for Windows Phone - http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=cc998697-f36f-4af7-a2eb-283a395350e8
  • Rich, why did you call yourself Daniel?
  • Stolen pic ;p
  • They use same pics (pic) in similar posts. They are often repeated if you notice. No matter whom :)
  • Hahah now I see it
  • Developers should have a chance to make apps that work with Cortana, so it's bad if Microsoft is the one adding the features leaving the developers out. But I do not want to install 300 apps to have Cornada do a task per app, one to turn on the light, one to wake up the computer, one to tell me when the sun comes out. Rather than apps, I wish they worked more like plugins, a single app where developers can plug in, not filling up my app list.
  • That would be pretty much possible as some people already hacked Cortana to do this :)
  • That's not a hack. It's something that is there for developers to use it.
  • It seems to be a common misconception that people are hacking into Cortana to get these things done. I've heard this sentiment already 3 times just today. This is not hacking, people. Microsoft has provided a full API to Cortana so developers can make apps. It's how Wikipedia had voice integration within the first week or two of the developer preview. I wish people would follow the news more closely on their devices. It would lower the amount of misinformation going around. On that note, a bunch of apps could get annoying. I've thought of that too. But remember, you would only really need to go into the app for settings. Cortana would control the bulk of it.
  • We need something like this, at least a Cortana Hub, like the Games Hub, where you'll have the apps for cortana, like the list of Apps with Cortana comands, but with a prettier design. But yeah, I rather like plugins for cortana.
  • Technically, cortana sort of has a hub. You could put a setting for app control where you control your interests and quiet hours within Cortana's hub.
  • First thing is to have Cortana, especially in countries other than US and devices other than Nokia.
  • Uh, I have it on my ATIV S
  • Dude, Windows Phone 8 is not a Nokia OS..
  • Your joking, right?
  • Well... Technically... it's not... :)
  • Zzzzzzzzz......
  • I installed it on my moms HTC 8x
  • Is that true Cortana doesn't work in non-Nokia devices? But I suppose it works in every WP 8.1 device.
  • I would really just like for it to work with the Calendar app and let me know when I need to leave for the next appointment based on its location (and tell me directions by car, transit or walking). It's kind of surprising such an obvious feature is not present, when for example Google Now has had this for a long time.
  • Cortana does this!
  • ..... funny how people dont explore what she can do but still want things from her :D
  • Would you mind to explain to a child of a lesser god how to tell her to do it? Because right now it doesn't for me.....
    If I say " new task".... It opens a web page. Unless of course the problem is just that she dislike me.
  • You have to have the Cortana app visible on your home screen. It will display the commute information with traffic for your next (near) appointment. I personally have had it notify me that it's time to leave. Also, you must put the address of your appointment in the calendar location.
  • So we have to have a Cortana live tile on the home screen?
  • For this feature to really work well Cortana should be able to fill in location information.
  • I have Cortana in the Start Screen as well as the address in the appointment but it does not work. Cortana does not reminds me of coming appointments. If I set a reminder the usual screen appears but Cortana is.... silent.
    Well, let' s see I'd Cyan will help.
  • How? Do I really have to program when I go to work? I have my school on my calendar, I never get reminded for that...
  • No, she learned my arrival time and lets me know when I need to leave to get to work on time.
  • You mean the time to go home and work? That works for me (though only with car directions), but it doesn't work with calendar appointments, I was never able to make either Cortana or the calendar app to recognize a location and alert me about it. Can you make it work with calendar appointments?
  • Help us out @electricessence.  It tells me when to go to and from work, but if it doesn't do that for calendar events like the OP mentioned. What are we missing???
  • You need to add Traffic to your Interest in Cortana's notebook, then the two options for alerts to your calendar appointments and favourite locations are there.
  • It does do that doesn't it?
  • Does Cortana remind you to leave for calendar appointments with a location specified? Or just work in the morning and home in the afternoon? It doesn't work for me.
  • If you slide the setting to on she will do both.
  • I think it does do things like that, but my Google Now works way better.
  • I can't get this to work either.
  • It needs to be turned on. Go to Cortana settings and turn it on :)
  • Geofencing is supported on Windows Phone in the current build. Granted its not as inuitive or well put together as Google. The primary difference from geofencing in Android vs Windows Phone is, WP looks for the location in an entry on the phone itself, where as google uses its web services to gather reminders. You first need to go into cortanas notebook and into Places then input an address and give it a name like "Work" or "Pharmacy" and then based on your geographical location you will be reminded when you arrive. So far its worked for me every time. I understand this is a bit annoying, but understand it saves on battery life.  
  • Yeah that works fine, but if I have school as an appointment, I add the location to the calendar and Cortana, I get no best time to get there with current driving conditions. Even though I want to be somewhere 15 minutes early.
  • I just want her to say my name more. What did we go through all the pronunciation checking for if she's never gonna say our name? Oh and she's gonna have to gain the ability to track my packages I'd she wants to be any more than a novelty.
  • What's next? Do your work for you? Use Package Tracker
  • But I think he means more like go through emails to find tracking info, just like she does for flights.
  • People still fail to realize that this is a beta.
  • "We're interested in hearing some ideas as to what you'd like Cortana to help you with. Be sure to join in the discussion over on our community forum and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Also, don't forget the Cortana UserVoice, where you can actually add your own suggestions and whatnot." To be fair, TLRtheory is just doing what Rich asked us to.
  • even the os isnt out it a developer preview how many of yall are developers? have patience the cnsumer versions will be out before you know it.Then yall acan complain
  • I agree with everything you said, plus I want her to be voice integrated with Maps. That would make my life so much easier.
  • I love that Cortana sees that I have an appointment and lets me know how long it will take to get there with traffic. It would be more useful if it have a bit more heads up warning about when to leave. People always should be leaving a bit earlier so they have a few more minutes before their start time. I also want to see a traffic service that uses not only the current traffic conditions, but the average conditions for that time of day!
  • Does Cortana recognize the location in your appointments that you insert in the Calendar app? It never reminded me of any appointment I have set in the calendar. Is there anything special I need to do with the location field in the Calendar app?
  • Add Traffic to your Interests in Cortana's notebook, then the two options for alerts to your calendar appointments and favourite locations are there.
  • In Calendar, for whatever appointment, you NEED to input the address into the location field on the calendar event. I don't think she'll remind you when to leave, but she'll have the map all loaded and how long it'll take you to get there and what route to take, all in Cortana app.
  • When I use the actual address for the location of the calendar item, she will remind me when I should leave to make the meeting time. it says something like "You should leave now. it tsakes 31 minutes to get there" or something to that affect.
  • How do you set up the location so that Cortana knows the address?
  • Any well formed address will work. I always include the city as well.
  • Zip code seems to break it. I've had success thing up to state level
  • I think being able to tell Cortana or having her learn how punctual you are would be a fantastic option. I know some people who are content showing up right at a scheduled time where I myself have to have 15 minutes or else I feel late.
  • Match all my mp3s with Xbox Music, cause the apps seems incapable to do it.
  • Tell me about it.
  • I want Cortana to fix the Xbox Music, its app, and the Games hub.
  • I heard about that new music locker in OneDrive, looks pretty damn useful for someone like me who listens to alot songs that aren't on Xbox Music or even official for that matter.
  • Make it available in other countries and in other languages, overall is great... Making it less robotic with time will be very nice too
  • it is less robotic.
  • Compose mails as I dictate, read me my notes,
  • Cortana read me Fred's last text message or what did I say to Jane in my email. If Windows Phone was designed to show you what was most important at a glance so that you can get back to what really matters then Cortana should be the voice that helps accomplish the same premise.
  • Yep, "send an email to (person name)." It doesn't work!!!
  • Well I think basics first and foremost. You need to get the small things right before you start dreaming of future. Walk before you run.
  • How about telling Cortland to move the app I have on my phone over to the Xbox... say the weather channel or flixter so I can watch a trailer on the big screen
  • And do some spellcheck for you as well... Cortland?
  • Help me play Titanfall better.
  • Metric weather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I hate that you have to say "What's the weather in Celsius", I will love to just ask “What’s the weather”  
  • That will come when we don't have to be beholden to the US region.
  • Fahrenheit for Life
  • I wish Cortana could tweet for me.
  • She does that for me.....??
  • I think they mean the old way the "me" hub sort of did. She would tweet instead of opening twitter then recognizing what you said. It's a long process that ought to be condensed.
  • Tell me the time. The name of the currently playing song. Tie into Bing maps added transit directions and times so that I can ask when the next train or bus to somewhere is. Quick list.
  • I don't get the "tell me the time" thing. It's on glance, the lock screen, and the upper right corner of the phone. Why press a button, and ask for the time when it's right there?
  • Is handy when you have headphones and the phone is on your pocket
  • That reminds me, I would like to use Cortana with my headphones while the phone is in my pocket, cause everytime I do that the phone unlocks the screen and buttons start being pressed. Then when I take it out of my pocket, somehow I updated my facebook status to "f JJ C bug ur dad ftr" and I'm a button away from buying Justin Bieber on Xbox Music (._. ) nearly shat my pants when I got home.
  • Would love if MS could fix something so that Cortana could learn new languages by talking to "her". Home education... Big possibilities ;)
  • Task list integration please!
  • Integrated voice definable egg timer and stop watch
  • YES! WP doesn't have a timer yet!
  • Plenty of good 3rd party timers in the marketplace
  • It would also be nice if there was more upfront information on how Cortana protects your privacy.
  • I've yet to get her to read my email. Strange I know, but I thought part of this notebook was to give her permission to read my email for flight info and other appointments. I've yet to get a single automatic reminder or addition based on flight's I've set up.  I wonder if it's because it's forwarded mail... But still.
  • It also depend on the airline, they are still adapting their algorithms to work with a wider range.
  • MS should just buy TripIT and integrate all of their magic
  • Play music http://tunein.com/radio/idobi-Radio-s18357/
  • Everything
  • I want to be able to say "read my my last text (or email)" and have her do it. I know you can have Cortana automatically read you your texts, but that's kind of annoying, and she can't do emails.
  • Same here. I'd quite like it to work like the phone control on the movie Her (not the self-aware OS but the one they used before it). It will read you messages and email subjects on demand, and then you can choose to read the whole email now or later.
  • Agreed
  • I'd like her to Tell me what time is it ..
  • Here's a new idea... Have Cortana answer the phone for you while driving or some moment that you can't talk and dictate the call through text instead!
  • I like that.
  • I want to be able to create and dictate a new email.
  • Dictate an entire document if need be.  Just have some initiation command like Cortana, New Dictation called "My new Essay" and then you just talk away and end with, "Cortana end dictation".  or something. Then, integrated with your Windows 8.1 profile and Office or even OneNote etc.. "Cortana, open document My new Essay in Word" on my home PC, or on my tablet, or on my Work Netbook etc. so you can review and edit it. All that and/or just bring Cortana to Windows 8.. I would love to track various random thoughts throughout the day without having to actually just sit and type or go through many steps to record or otherwise transcribe.
  • This would be a real game changer dragon has a hard time with this. It would be necessary to train the app either with collection of words and sentences or a script but what a great idea The only thing you forgot is listening while blocking out background noise
  • Read emails
  • Download torrents lol :D
  • Which one cheif?
  • Set quiet hours with voice. Not just turn it on and off. Example: "set quiet hours until 6:00pm" for a peaceful nap.
  • Apps do plug into Cortana, look. Have you tried "twitter, new tweet. Wpcentral show me the news.
  • No longer worked since they ripped the twitter beta app from the store.
  • Remember things said to her. Like: "My favorite song is *insert song*" -> remember, so next time "Play my favorite song" *song comes up* :)
  • What you see in the picture, does Cortana actually day that?
  • Not out loud, probably because they don't want you to have to wait until she finishes her greeting before you can speak.
  • Find me hookers
  • Do my laundry :)
  • Remind me ten minutes after I get to work to talk to my boss...
    Useless as it is now, if I'm still parking my car and get a reminder. Can't snooze them either...
  • Yeah, a delay would be good. Either that or a snooze.
  • It's not a complete solution but you can tell her to set an alarm (which can be snoozed) vs a reminder
  • I think it would be great for all of us if she could tell us what the most important things she learned today. In that way we can track/learn the commands to make her work for us
  • I'd like to help me make Microsoft realize that there's a whole world outside the US.
  • What, like Alaska or Hawai'i?
  • Yawn. It's a PREVIEW. Get over it.
  • Bing still a preview ? Because if you're not in the US, it's hardly functional. It's one of MS biggest faults - they're very US-centric.
  • "Cortana, find me a nice place to live in the US..."  :)
  • Turn on my Xbox, and maybe my Playstation. :D
  • Use Cortana's real voice
  • To send emails just like messages. Even good if apps like WhatsApp, hike, viber etc could get similar integration, Or they can integrate Skype at least.
  • To play a song using Nokia Music
    i.e. "Play _______ on Nokia music"
    instead of using Xbox music as default.
  • It would be helpful if I could ask her to build a grocery list of the common things I buy and then tell me where I can find it the cheapest based on the stores I go to the most frequently. I know that's quite the challenge and prob beyond the scope of what she was designed to do, but if she had an open API AND where the stores had their data online for perusing, it would be helpful. Of course, I'm still trying to get her to tell me when to leave for work and home.
  • I was actually thinking of something similar not too long ago. Asking her to notify you when blank goes on sale. I would imagine that's something an assistant would do for a budget conscious employer. Of course if you could afford a real assistant you might not be as concerned with the next time hamburger meat goes on sale.
  • The problem with this is that stores post fake prices to get the traffic. This is one of the reasons google shopping fell apart. You could never actually find the lowest price because so many stores f'd around
  • I would like to see Cortana voice command ready upon open. No mic button needed.
  • Already there, long press on the search button.
  • Schedule turning on/off all my windows devices including XBOX
  • Show recipes
  • Would be good if Cortana could to take my calls, relay a message and then give an option to either end the call, take a message or access my answer phone service.
  • Cortana voice mail. Yes please!!!
  • I want Cortana to find a way to restore music hub, Facebook integration, games hub and pictures hub as they were in WP8 :)
  • Track my packages
  • That's a pretty cool Google Now feature that I'd love on Cortana.
  • I would love to have Cortana answer my incoming calls and deliver a message if I would like
  • Maybe in some cloud connected way, have it communicate with my Xbox One / Cable Box like.. Cortana, record Game of Thrones for me tonight..
    "Ok, I've set up to record Game of Thrones on HBO at 9:00 pm tonight"  
  • Turn on Wi-Fi and turn off cellular data when I get Home :)?
  • Well thought and very easy to implement. How about it MS?
  • voice recognition and ability to use her without having to manually activate her
  • I thing Moto X has this feature, always on ? Saying her name would wake the phone and start the interaction. Nice!
  • A simple timer!
  • Amen to that! Set timer for x minutes and have our work to the second instead of becoming an alarm!
  • Yes, simple timer or stopwatch for sure
  • I wish the os could intelligently detect behavior to hook into. Devs shouldn't have to program a million APIs just to make their app decent. Itd be nice to spend more time on the actual app or game itself
  • I've only tried Cortina out using the region hack but I sure as hell hope it improves for the UK. Most questions just result in a Bing return instead of a meaningful reply like Joe B demonstrated at Build. I think he just picked questions that gave impressive results like weather or banana calories. Ask it for a local cinema and it picks some random place 3 miles away. Ask it for World Cup fixtures and it gave a link to FIFA...
  • Tell me when items I ordered on Ebay and such are sent.
    Yes I'm taking this from Google Now
  • Considering the ebay app works with the notification system, I'd take this a step further and say have Cortana be able to take action based on incoming notifications.
  • I wish I could change her image, instead of the halo thing, put an image of herself as she appeared in the game. ;)
  • How come it doesn't say your name even if u set it up
  • I want her like to be 'HER'.
  • But hopefully Microsoft wont shut her down.
  • Use start screen background with white color theme.
    + Notification or Action centre to be transparent with blurred background.
  • More language support.
  • Cortana for Xbox please. And Surface and Windows 8.1. I want her everywhere so she can remind me of stuff wherever I am. If I'm in a game, I want an appointment reminder.
  • +1
  • Work outside US like a charm & read places from Foursquare like it supposed to.
  • Activate her by calling her name from lock screen or in general without pressing the search button.
  • Please NOT this. I'd like my battery to last longer than 2 hours.
  • Well, it could be optional to turn that on. And perhaps you could choose to have that feature activated only when your phone is plugged in and charging. Like when you're driving or cooking in the kitchen calling on Cortana without having to push search could be really useful. And those are places where you easily can have your phone put on charge.
  • Remember by location ask if I want to use my wifi or connect to one and turn on/off do not disturb.
  • I would like Cortana to suggest things to me which are location and time aware. Such as its noon and she makes a suggestion for lunch places to eat in my current location. Ask if there is anything that I need to pick up from the store at 5pm each workday or if it sees me leaving a"work" location at our around a certain time.
    When Bluetooth connects in the car have Cortana ask you if I would like to hear some music. Then have her ask which app to start. Run through list of apps. "starting Slacker Radio.... Or " starting XBox Music drive home mix". Do that shit!
  • Great ideas!
  • Very good.
  • Set an alarm on a day that isn't the next day i.e. "Set my alarm for Saturday at 9am" tell Cortana to modify the minutes/hours/day for a reminder for an event either new or existing (in the calendar app, there is that reminder 15 min [etc] before event) instead of creating a separate reminder. Ask Cortana to play a specific station from any music app you ask "Play New Rock First in Slacker Radio" - I assume this would happen once apps get updated to support and integrate into the voice API's Ask her to create new email and tell her from which email and who to send it (either by dictating the email address or from contacts), read back emails as item(s) arrive or ask her to read most recent messages (read me the last 5 emails) adding back Local Scout and Bing Vision in the search like the icons were there before. I am sure most of these (if not all) will be coming. So far i am quite happy with Cortana and when i show off the PDA my friends are impressed with the natural language (in some areas).
  • I would like Cortana to control all my home entertainment system. Including amplifier settings. Also being able to go into settings to change home entertainment levels by home entertainment I mean, blu ray player, amp, sky box, tv and obviously xbox.
  • 1. She should send Texts
    2. Be able to control all settings
  • Always listening... Otherwise its easier to do things manually (especially while driving)
    Tell the time..
    Be able to call me by my name...
    Remove alarms.. (she is great at setting them for me but they accumulate, as I wake at different times every day)
  • Personal Digital Assistant that's it. Just mirror a Human Personal Assistant. It is simple as just that. Interview or survey thousands or perhaps millions of secretaries or other forms of assistance managers and simulate their actions on k0de. Oops code. That's is elementary. It is not brain surgery.
    Just think about of any automated phone service on how great they work. :-).
  • I will think as soon i got this on my phone.
  • I would like Cortana to have an optional feature where she can respond anytime you mention her name, even when phone is locked. It's like Cortana will be "always on" Other features like deeper integration with other 3rd party apps and more conversational speeches
  • the snapdragon 800 has that "always on" feature but its up to OEM's to apply it to there devices.
  • Cortana should know that I take public transportation to work, I don't drive. It would be useful if Cortana could remind me when it's time to leave work to catch the train.
  • Make Cortana be able to pin commands to start. If I say call mom, I could click on the tile and it would do that. Then I could see a whole entire list of them in her notebook.
  • Everything I want is to be able to acess files in my Windows 8.1 laptop with my WP using the same Wi-fi. I wonder why this feature isn't here yet.
  • I would like at least basic functionality available when there is no internet connection available.
  • I want Cortana have the option to use the sensor/front camera for interaction, e.g. Cortana activation every time we look/stare towards the phone's sensor for few seconds. This would be awesome. Like it really alive.
  • Order my fave pizza
  • I want Cortana to tell me what to do and when. I also want her to tell me how I do everything wrong. Oh wait my wife does this already. lol
  • I want cortana, to do my homework. Math homework. PLEASE
  • Make Sprint a better carrier
  • I want Cortana to tap into my brain learn my spanglish so I can how I wanna talk and she will understand me
  • I want cortana to read me any unread text messages I have. I f say "cortana, do I have any text messages?" She can say yes or no and read my messages out loud or show them to me.
  • need my assistant remember how much times did i visit some place on a map. I work as a freelancer tv producer, and it's really hard to remember how much times i went to some location, or studio... need that the assitant show me on a map how much times did i visit that point and the date and the hour too. this would be helpfull for me, and i think for everyone.
  • The ability to tell the time or my name would be a start
  • Text reminders to people in your team.be always on so I can just say, Cortana can you do...??. That would be very helpful Indeed.
  • I should be able to tell Cortana to track a flight for me when it's not in my email.  I should also be able to alter flight data that Cortana is tracking.  Cortana needs to track packages too.
  • Cortana tell "person" "message" when I leave/get to "location".
  • Cortana, let everyone know I'm running late for my next meeting ... Let me know when I get an email from jack
  • Cortana read my last text
  • I suppose this is more of a windows phone hardware thing, but have cortona always listening so I just say "hey Cortana" followed by a question without having to touch the phone at all.
  • Want to see Here Transit integration. Since i mostly use mass transit for my daily commute I'd like to ask Cartana "what time is the next bus/train/subway home?"
  • Take my Starbucks order! :)
  • I wish Cortana could also act as a mobile secretary: Voice message when I'm unavailable and to which callers can leave a message, block unwanted calls, emails and sms but can send sms or emails when necessary, record calls by setting or on-demand, and more.
  • It would be nice if she would give you a daily briefing verbally on first launch. Also read articles for you.
  • Have it be just like siri on iPhones, expect her name is cortana and you should be able to take a picture of your six pack or biceps and then she "looks at it and recognizes your muscles and says something like, I like what I see or, if you don't have muscles she says, do you even lift?!
  • Found this out last night as I was tracking my girlfriends flight home. You can ask Cortana to track a flight and it'll pull data from like sky tracker or whatever but I'd love if I could say "let me know when delta flight 000 arrives in ATL" then get a voice notification that said "Noodleshak Delta flight 000 has arrived"
  • Wow. nice.
  • I think the always on is unanimous. Who is going to put it on Cortana's User voice?
  • Everyday (mundane) questions.
  • I would like Cortana to work better with OneNote. It would be nice if I could say "scan a qr code" and that scan would open the specified notebook or page in a notebook.
  • People asking Coratana to tell them what time is it.  Isn't it faster to just look at the top right corner to find date/time?  I know its a task notch in her belt but to me, asking her to tell the time is almost meh
  • Make her super integrated and better than cortana
  • I think Cortana could be more verbal, tell me that its time for tea or bed or my show is starting shortly, a verbose mode or option would work well.. Speak more, my human personal assistant will say its time for your 1am rendezvous that's how I would like Cortana to be.. Verbose mode
  • Slower just slows. I can't learn everything in a day...
  • 1. Remind me of family birthdays. 2. When I'm driving, let me know I'm close to some local event that matches my interests, how much to get in etc. 3. Let me know when other Cortana is in the area. Allow them to say "Hi". 4. Comment on my Fitbit. Suggest more steps toward a daily / weekly target. 5. Some light snark. "You've played that song 3 times, are you in love?" 6. Announce battery status below 50 percent. Suggests what can be disabled ask, then follow through. 7. Let me know when Sam Sabri or Daniel Rubino puts new post on WPCentral or whatever blog writer I want to follow.  
  • I'd like Cortana to control my connectivity settings. It would be great to say "turn on NFC and Bluetooth". Them again WP doesn't even allow a shortcut to NFC. Arrrrrrg
  • That's for your safety, plus NFC on WP I'd pretty much useless.
  • I want to say "start my next call" and have her dial my conference bridge listed in my calendar item and every the meeting number and leader pin. That would be awesome.
  • Plantronics Instant Meeting for Windows Phone will dial your bridge number and passcodes, and it is FREE !!!!
  • I want her to control every thing on my phone from time to restarting the phone. I want to be able to control various things in my home that are connected. Sending a text or answering my voice even when I'm not on her app something like the Kinect to power on the Xbox. Faster searches, responding with voice along with searches
  • Like the old Windows Mobile days and voice commands. I would like to see.
    What is my battery level.
    Read emails
    Flight mode on/off.
    As well as that, I'd like her to read web pages out loud
    Switch Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi, Data on/off
    Reply emails
    And I would like to be able to specify what time I want her to let me know about traffic to work rather than her guess I start at 9.
  • I want her to recognize my locations as a consistent function not just a one time program, then have her turn my WiFi on or off accordingly. I'd like to be able to establish favorite networks and have her connect when I'm there.
  • I would like Cortana to give me five ideas for dinner every day.
    And I would like to give Cortana a nickname.
  • +920   Even 1 idea/tip/read a day, not just for dinner but for other interests would be great!
  • Answer questions on time locally
  • Delete my alarms after they are used.
  • I think she needs to be able to open her own notes.  Like I have a note called favorite authors and I can say add Dr Suess to the list and she adds it.  Some guy on Cortana User Voice called it a journal, which I thought was good.  He wanted to say what did I get my aunt (or whatever) for her birthday last year, and Cortana says, Candy.  Same idea.  Honestly, unless she can access her own notes, for me she is a cute idea and a lot of fun, but not much use.
  • If I say it, I believe I would be banned.
  • Be able to set a reminder like "set a reminder for the next Miami heat game". She will answer correctly if I ask "when is the next Miami heat game" but I can't set the reminder.
  • It would be nice if she spoke out your reminder rather than just showing you.
  • Provide facility to connect with car Bluetooth and can command from it.
  • I want Cortana to dictate what I say when posting here on WP central. Actually, update your app for that. Lol
  • Cortana, mute my phone for 2 hours.
  • want to wake up the phone by a simple voice commmand . also use cortana by pressing a button on the head phone would be easy...
  • Already there brother
  • I have a question. Are you able to hold down the mic button on headphones and pull up cortana that way?
  • ➕ 920
  • Yes
  • All I want for her is to say my name. That doesn't even work.
  • She does a great job with temperatures. Translation would be cool. Then again I've yet to ask too many questions. I did ask if she wanted to build a snowman. Thats pretty funny. LOL
  • I would want Cortana to be able to dial a number. For instance when i ask her to dial 0243113678 it should be able to do so
  • It does do that, old Bing did it too.
  • May be you can show me how
    to do that. Because I can't figure it out
  • Say Dial 123456.
  • It doesn't work. You can try and let me one the outcome
  • Auto voice wake up features in Cortana will make it awesome...
  • I'd like her to scan this forum and berate people who think they're clever using the +[ phone model] when they agree with something.
  • Cortana should not show Bing results and must say the statement that when we start it like "how can I help you" and should maintain a user profile with knowing personal details like family members, best friends, and many more with a security lock or a login like we do in Pandora, Spotify like that we need to do in cortana as it is all done online anyways and should suggest and can be integrated with myappfree and show app of the day or show store search results or suggested apps that would make it better
  • Search YouTube videos for me.
    Go back and ahead in browser via voice commands to Cortana.
    Check and tell about number of notifications I have.
    Congratulate me when make good score in some game.
    And many such things.
    Some of them might sound impractical but we would want it to happen.
  • I wouldn't, it's a personal assistant not a slave/cheerleader. Especially when that days is readily available to you before you even state Cortana.
  • It would have been better to name her to activate rather than to touch the search button
  • Help me by understanding queries in my native language and responding in my native language.
  • I would like to see Cortona integrate with car systems and home electronic systems, such as alarm systems and heating/cooling systems. A "jump feature" of sorts. When you are in your home or car, Cortona/phone will automatically link with that system, opening up a bevy of voice features specific to that system. For example, you come home after a long day at work and your phone syncs to your alarm system as you walk in the house. Once connected, you can give your activation phrase "daddy's home," for example. Through the alarm system, Cortona will then ask for a pass code to deactivate your alarm. Car system would work in a similar manner. When you say, "I want a cheeseburger" Cortona can pull up listings as normal, but automatically ask which location would you like directions to and give you voice navigation. It would be cool, and even funny to hear her say, "sweety, you seem to be going in the wrong direction. Why don't you make a U-turn at the next light?"
  • Not if you keep saying"Cortona"
  • Well, I only used it four times. Iol
  • "Cortana, send a picture/file to my computer" would be cool, but having her turn in your PC would also be pretty damn sweet.
  • For her to speak the Reminders/Calendar Events. I'm sure Cookie-Cutter snippets could be recorded by Jen Taylor, pieced together, and used so that Cortana sounds the Reminder tone, and then follows it with 'Don't forget your Flight at 7:45, given current Traffic you should probably leave in 20 minutes'...for example. Her just putting up the usual Reminder Toast and tone is...kinda disappointing really.
  • Having it linked to every setting in the settings menu, "Cortana, switch to 3G".
  • Finnish language support
  • Well I dont know Maybe I might be wrong coz m still on windows phone 8..., Microsoft could try integrating bing apps like food and drink, Health and Fitness, Bing News, Finance and Sports into Cortana.., and they could try adding pocket mode...where in we could just ask Cortana Right from Earphones..Mic....and she responds to everything to us without turning on the Screen. And Please Microsoft Try add a detailed scorecard in Sports for Cricket Section  
  • What if you are in public and somebody yells something? You'll be doing 300 searches a day with that
  • Read and reply whatsapp messages when driving
  • Cortana on Windows 8 would Be nice too.
    Also som kind of "Always on" mode,vso you wouldn't have to press any buttons to talk to her.
  • I think Cortana would be a hit if they added features and personality choices where she can be the users girlfriend. Like the popular girlfriend thingies those Japanese geeks have. It would probably be a huge hit in Japan.
  • Why does everyone want Cortana to be his GF?
  • I wish I could speak "Cortana, play [insert song] on Spotify." Being able stream a song into existence using only my voice would be amazing.
  • All I wish for is that she calls me by my name!
  • Cortana can you please visit India!
  • I would like her to respond when I start with "Cortana" and do a web search if I start with "search for.."
  • Lot's of good points here.... one thing I'd like is if I ask her "Tell me a joke?" for her not to then want to TEXT me "a joke"... just because I have my number stored in my phone rather than telling me a joke, she wants to text me the words "a joke"... like, seriously?!
  • A "shopping list" that can be merged with other family members / group members.
  • Cortana should be active once the app is open, don't like the idea of holding the MIC button everytime you have to communicate to her. Just more interactive responses and not Bing web search results
  • I want it to know where I am and find deals / attractions/ restaurants etc. It could also look at my calendar and make recommendations for where I am traveling to.
  • instead of doing more, it should get better at what it does. currently its speech engine is far too limited and it doesn't understand follow up questions on the same topic very well. for example, you can tell it to find you a coffee shop and it will. But if try to narrow down the results more from what it give you, it is basically useless. The problem is MSFT designed it mostly as a single query engine. Instead it should allow you to refine the parameters of the original question, or make alterations to said parameters while keeping the context active. However I'll give up the above if the darn thing had more data. MSFT REALLY needs to invest in its location services. they are missing too much information. cortana literally couldn't find a panera bread I was staning next to because it though it was an empy lot.....google OTOH knew not just about panera, but the entire new commercial center, a biking trail near by, and even the hours of the place....cortana...well cortana knew it was on planet earth....that much it did.  
  • I want it to provide an equilizer for Nokia Lumia 520
  • Mute my phone based on location. For example, I mute my phone whenever I'm at church or office. Cortana should be able to do that easily, then unmute when you leave. 
  • I have church set up as a busy item on my calendar and I have Cortana set to activate Quiet Hours when I have a busy item. It's not settings by location, but it works for me for now. Would love to see settings by location though.
  • That's a great idea, Darin. Quiet hours will work for regularly scheduled worship services, but I also attend meetings several days a week at church. Also, inner circle people would still ring through during those quiet hours. I love the reminders by location, so I figured mute by location would be a logical next step. 
  • IFTTT support and integration would go a long way, and it should be easy to do via a third party app. Would allow for programmable commands.
  • Person base reminders are awesome...it would be even better if my phone new I was near my friends phone and do person base reminders like that.
  • Cortana should be able to read my emails by now.  That's a big gap at the moment.
  • She should ask me whether to answer the phone call or ignore it just like sms.
  • Movies.  I want to say, what is playing near by and she lists them off.  Then I want to be able to ask what people are saying about them. 
  • I would really like it if Cortana would work with me on something and if she can't figure it out today, she gets back to me when she can.  Like I was taught.  It is okay to say, "I don't know, but let me get back to you."
  • It would be nice if she could read my Tweets to me.  Or my email.  Or my Facebook.  Or a summary of each.  I think that Cortana needs to be my personal aggregator.   Be able to give your my social networks and be able to summarize what is going on in my world.  It would be nice if I could give her some keywords and have her search social, news, etc.
  • I want Cortana on my PC and my XBox.  She should travel with me.  If I ask her to remind me about something.  It should show up on all my devices.  So, on the road, I ask her to remind me tonight to tape the basketball game, and then, when I am watching TV on my XBox, she reminds me to record it.
  • OH BABY ... what if I could tell Cortana to tape a show, movie for me and it will talk to my XBox and record my DirectTV show!!  Kickin!!
  • I would like automatic location "pings" or text messages that could automatically send to my wife and let her know I am on my way.  5 minutes out etc...  I know this is problematic with privacy and how to turn it off since it doesnt fall within the current Cortana notebook options.
  • Search and open more apps/websites. Example. "Search for next bus route for bus no. X" it'd be cool if Cortana could tap into Here Transit or open the website for that bus route. Some people want to see results but a setting could allow Cortana to automatically search results. Cortana should combine Bing Health, News, Finance, Travel, and Food as far as articles go. Make Live Tile more powerful. Can we "Train" Cortana? If you have a friend with a not so common name, saying "Call/Text person x" is a hassle. Cortana doesn't say my name much. Is the name just for visual? Tweak Remote Access WP app and link Cortana to it to give commands to computer. We know what Google Now/Siri does. Let's be different and Innovative.
  • I've really enjoyed Cortana on my HTC 8XT, and would like to request the addition of Package delivery tracking. (UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS) I've been using "Shippin' Buddy Free" and it works well. I just think it would be helpful for Cortana to monitor your emails and offer to track shipping progress for you.
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  • It would be cool is Cortana could translate languages.  "Translate to Spanish.  Hello, my name is Ed"
  • I would be nice if I could tell Cortana to keep calling someone until they get a hold of them, then connect me with them on my phone or Skype.  
  • The location-based reminders are really cool, but I'd love functionality like "turn my wifi off when I leave home". I also like that it shows the commute time home with current traffic, but it would be great if it showed this for public transit (e.g. Next bus toward home: 542 in 8 minutes).
  • Create a slideshow for me from my OneDrive pictures for the month of May!  That would be cool!
  • Since she loves searching everything it would be nice of her searching directly into the sites like "seach ferrari on youtube"
  • Well, since Cortana has no physical mouth or hand, maybe she could start to talk dirty like a real conversation. LOL
  • Better voice recognition.
  • Had anyone noticed that "wake me up in 10 minutes" sets an alarm for 10 mins but" wake me up in 15 minutes" searches with Bing? Quite annoying
  • I would like Cortana to work on my 521 (it appears to give up after a timeout because of slowdown)
  • Cortana, should alarm off unauthorized phone snoopers or users. I imagine this scenario, you tell Cortana to set an intruder/snoop alarm for 30 minutes are longer. If someone tries to snoop your phone she respond by asking them to verify them selves by entering a snoop code. Failure leads to a sounding of an alarm until dis armed. ;-)
  • Voice service is totally useless without cortana (Not available on Argentina rom for now) just "open calculator" and "call mom".
    Even search on Bing. I hope cortana with official update. Meanwhile im flashing my 1020
  • Can Cortana turn herself on? I mean can we initiate her without touching the phone or by calling out loud.
  • Hi , I want these below things to be incorporated if you can  1. when i open a webpage in browser then cortana should be able to read the page when asked. 2. cortana should read the latest news headlines like " read the sports headlines" then she should read the headlines of the sports headline accross the world one by one asking us in between " do you want to read the whole article". She should move to next headline when asked "next". 3. cortana should have "always on" feature configured so that it can started by saying " cortana wakeup" . For that there should be voice authentication. 4. she should be able to give suggestions  5. She should be able to save current locations when asked.  Eg " save my current location as [Name]" 6. She should be able to reject a call when asked . Eg " block calls from john" or " unblock calls from john" 7. Read messages of whatsapp , hike ,etc for specific contact . Eg " read the latest message from john on whatsapp"  8 . Cortana should be configured for manual commands. We should be able to add commands and provide functionality to it. 9. cortana should be able to linked to different websites and get all the details through RSS. Eg  " latest updates from wp central" or " microsoft job offers"  or " release date of movie Transformers"
  • I need Cortana to read web pages and recent news items to me.