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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Includes Voice Assistant ‘Cortana’



Microsoft unveiled the Windows Phone 8.1 update at the Build developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday.

“We believe Windows Phone is the world’s most personal smartphone,” said Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Windows Phone Joe Belifore.

The latest version of Windows Phone includes Microsoft’s long-rumored personal assistant Cortana, which is functionally similar to the iPhone’s Siri.

Belifore said the Bing-powered Cortana, is launching in the US in beta, was inspired by real-world personal assistants. Cortana can schedule appointments, set alarms and find nearby restaurants. It can also send contextual reminders— reminding you to ask your sister about her new puppy the next time you talk to her, for example Read more…

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