Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Microsoft's Answer to Siri: Cortana

Cortana is Microsoft's Answer to Siri

Microsoft has announced that is is developing a virtual assistant to rival Apple's Siri. The code name? Cortana.

Microsoft has already planned an upgrade to Windows Phone and with the Xbox One in the works, this could be a great deal! With Siri being extremely popular, but not necessarily extremely smart, having a "virtual intelligence" of its own could be a boon for the struggling phone software.

Steve Ballmer had this to say:
"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."

Imagine if that UI had the same voice and personality as the Master Chief's sexy sidekick. Sales from the geek segment would probably double the number of Windows Phones on the market by themselves.

All jokes aside....I'm pretty excited, and I don't even like Halo.