Monday, September 15, 2014
Report: Microsoft working on Cortana voice app for smartphones

Report: Microsoft working on Cortana voice app for smartphones

Windows Phones will finish the battle.

According to ZDnet reports, screens of an early Windows Phone OS version were leaked, where a “zCortana” app was present, “z” signifying a test build.

ZDNet now claims it is a personal assistant app for Windows Phone OS-powered smartphones, with Cortana’s voice aiming to replace “TellMe” in early 2014.

Bing learning technology “Satori” is reportedly used to power Cortana, letting her learn and adapt to your personality and provide the best assistance possible.

The author notes:

“Cortana will be more than just an app that lets users interact with their phones more naturally using voice commands. Cortana is core to the makeover of the entire “shell” — the core services and experience — of the future versions of Windows Phone, Windows and the Xbox One operating systems, from what I’ve heard from my contacts.”

In July, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s company restructure memo had an interesting paragraph that might connect to this story:

“Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world. Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding seamlessly to what people ask for, and even anticipating what they need before they ask for it.”

Will this finish the battle between Microsoft and Apple, squashing iPhone’s Siri? Well, not sure, but it might play a role.

Thank you, Eurogamer.

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