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  1.    24 Jan 2015 #31
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    For me Cortana is a very slow way of getting stuff done and more of a flashy gimmick...

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaufmann View Post
    I wonder what sort of computing power Cortana will need to work properly.
    Cortana is entirely server-side and only requires an Internet connection to function (the same as Apple Siri)
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  2.    24 Jan 2015 #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axle Grease View Post
    I've always liked the idea of an interface that accepts voice rather than typed commands, and so the idea of Cortana appeals to me. She's dumber than a sack of hammers right now, but she'll evolve. In a few year it'll be...

    out with the old...
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    ...and in with the new.
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    I am not sure about the last picture, reminds to much of the evil Hal in space odyssey.


    Quote Originally Posted by dmex View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alkaufmann View Post
    I wonder what sort of computing power Cortana will need to work properly.
    Cortana is entirely server-side and only requires an Internet connection to function (the same as Apple Siri)
    Dmex,
    I wonder how much data that will use. Some isp have bandwidth limits.
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  3.    24 Jan 2015 #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by groze View Post
    Dmex,
    I wonder how much data that will use. Some isp have bandwidth limits.
    I'm not actually sure about bandwidth usage since I never use it...

    I've have Cortana on my phone for a few months now with the DevPreview app for my WP - I reset the counters and performed some voice searches and it barely used 1MB of network data but realworld usage might be higher (more so with telemetry enabled)

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  4.    24 Jan 2015 #34
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    You might be...

    Which is why Cortana works with text input just as well. You don't have to say anything, just send her a text to remind you about something.

    I think it's silly to already want to disable it without even trying it out, even then Cortana isn't about voice input, it's about personalizing content just for you. I have my local news, national news, Seahawks updates and a few other things Cortana tells me about. It's almost like a live tile with personalized live tile information.

    Cortana doesn't require local processing power like speech recognition does, it's all internet backend stuff. Also, the speech recognition Cortana has is rather impressive, LOADS better than ios or android.
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  5.    24 Jan 2015 #35
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    Cortana does require a Microsoft account for login which I like others don't want that type of connection,
    Feedback already asked why I didn't use a Microsoft account,
    Simply stated My world and that's my preferance to save a little bit of resources and popup messages....
    I'm more interested in My Programs not Microsoft's apps.

    I was never a fan of Messengers they are unneeded for me on a computer the ones I want go to my cell so anything else is erelevent.
    Same can be said for two stage verification = first stage also goes to cell so why would I need another going to cell
    Cheers.
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  6.    21 Sep 2015 #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    I really LOATHE these voice activated command sets -- we have enough "noisy intrusions" already with people screaming away at the top of their voices on mobile phones in public areas or even in open plan offices - people just forget any sort of decent consideration of other people and reasonable etiquette once they start squawking on Mobile phones.

    Just think how much worse it's going to be if you get a whole slew of people screaming at their computers "Appontment for Lunch next thur at 13.30" or whatever.

    Even on those automated phone systems - they've managed to add this to the torture list of using these -- for example when you phone up say a Bank about a mortgage - you get one of these automated robots requesting you to answer a whole slew of questions like "Is this Your Mortgage" etc. The previous sytem you'd just enter the number and things would progress normally. Why should I have to tell a Robot "YES THIS IS MY MORTGAGE or NO IT'S SOMEONE ELSE's at the top of my voice because the Robot can't understand the diction correctly.

    Vocal stuff is fine if say one is partially sighted or handicapped in other ways so that's the only convenient input but for the rest of us - we should be making things QUIETER not adding to the general cacophony of public places and open plan offices.

    Besides I might not want people to know I'm making an appointment for Lunch at 13.30 on Thur to use the example given.

    I LIKE technology and genuine improvements --I just don't like the whole idea though of this cortana stuff - at least in its proposed form.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Jimbo, I agree with you on the subject of noise. Also, I detest talking to machines (despite having been a techie for my entire working life). And Win10 is already too intrusive. If this integrative search system were capable of running in private, maybe. But deliberately share my data with MS? I don't think so. I have been hunting down snoopy parts and shutting them off. I want a processing engine and web portal, not an integrated piece of MSs data world.
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  7.    21 Sep 2015 #37

    Quote Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
    Cortana does require a Microsoft account for login which I like others don't want that type of connection,
    Feedback already asked why I didn't use a Microsoft account,
    Simply stated My world and that's my preferance to save a little bit of resources and popup messages....
    I'm more interested in My Programs not Microsoft's apps.
    Thus far, I've been able to resist setting up a Microsoft account. I've read that when you set one up, you need to use it to log into your P.C.. I don't log into my P.C.. I just start it up..or wake it up...and it's ready to go in a minute or two. Would hate to have to log in using a M.Soft or any other Username/Password. Lord knows we have enough of those on a daily basis.

    That being said, I'm also reading good reviews on Cortana. I use Google Search on my Android. Speaking to it, instead of pecking keys, is a wonderful time saver. I'd like to do the same here on this home P.C., but having to login to my P.C. using a Microsoft account for that privilege is a deal breaker. I hope Microsoft will change this policy, or some smart person will come up with, and post a hack to get around this.
    ac
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  8.    21 Sep 2015 #38
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    I think it's useless on a desktop PC but I can see the convenience of it on Windows phones. My tablet has Google voice but I've only used it a couple of times. Cortana is disabled on this PC. I wouldn't go so far to say I hate it and hate the idea of it since I can see where it could be useful.
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  9.    21 Sep 2015 #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenChicago View Post
    Thus far, I've been able to resist setting up a Microsoft account. I've read that when you set one up, you need to use it to log into your P.C.. I don't log into my P.C.. I just start it up..or wake it up...and it's ready to go in a minute or two. Would hate to have to log in using a M.Soft or any other Username/Password. Lord knows we have enough of those on a daily basis.

    That being said, I'm also reading good reviews on Cortana. I use Google Search on my Android. Speaking to it, instead of pecking keys, is a wonderful time saver. I'd like to do the same here on this home P.C., but having to login to my P.C. using a Microsoft account for that privilege is a deal breaker. I hope Microsoft will change this policy, or some smart person will come up with, and post a hack to get around this.
    ac
    You can set Windows to automatically log in with your MS account. That how I do it. The account does have it's advantages such as synching with other devices on the network and some apps need the account to work properly. When set up right, it's no hassle at all. I would never even consider logging in any other way.
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  10.    22 Sep 2015 #40
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    Apparently in the next major Windows 10 update, you will be able to use Cortana with a local account.
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