Windows 10: Need help getting Cortana to be less useless. Solved

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  1.    03 Apr 2015 #1

    Need help getting Cortana to be less useless.


    Well, all that I was able to make Cortana do is show me the weather...

    I say "Hey Cortana", nothing happens. I need to actually press the microphone button to make her start listening.
    I say "Open windows update", she says "Try that again after future updates"
    I say "Open Google Chrome", she opens a bing search with "Open Google Chrome".

    What's the stuff she's good at ?


    So far, every time I tried an 'artificial human', either on the phone, either on my PC, that's supposed to be amazing and smart, there was always a problem. Not smart enough.

    PS: Any way to work around her working in the foreground ? I mean, when she's doing something, if I Alt+Tab somewhere else she stops her work, and I find that pretty annoying.
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  2. Posts : 9,018
    Windows 10 Professional
       03 Apr 2015 #2

    Marron said: View Post
    Well, all that I was able to make Cortana do is show me the weather...

    I say "Hey Cortana", nothing happens. I need to actually press the microphone button to make her start listening.
    I say "Open windows update", she says "Try that again after future updates"
    I say "Open Google Chrome", she opens a bing search with "Open Google Chrome".

    What's the stuff she's good at ?


    So far, every time I tried an 'artificial human', either on the phone, either on my PC, that's supposed to be amazing and smart, there was always a problem. Not smart enough.

    PS: Any way to work around her working in the foreground ? I mean, when she's doing something, if I Alt+Tab somewhere else she stops her work, and I find that pretty annoying.
    For me, Cortana is severely glitched right now. I suspect they are working to get it integrated further into the OS and Spartan properly.
    It's even buggered up on my Phone right now.
    Probably wait til there's news of improvements in a new Build or so.
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  3.    03 Apr 2015 #3

    Edwin said: View Post
    For me, Cortana is severely glitched right now. I suspect they are working to get it integrated further into the OS and Spartan properly.
    It's even buggered up on my Phone right now.
    Probably wait til there's news of improvements in a new Build or so.
    Good to know there's no reason to try. Looks like I'll wait for a new build to use her.
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  4. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       03 Apr 2015 #4

    Marron said: View Post
    Well, all that I was able to make Cortana do is show me the weather...

    I say "Hey Cortana", nothing happens. I need to actually press the microphone button to make her start listening.
    I say "Open windows update", she says "Try that again after future updates"
    I say "Open Google Chrome", she opens a bing search with "Open Google Chrome".

    What's the stuff she's good at ?

    So far, every time I tried an 'artificial human', either on the phone, either on my PC, that's supposed to be amazing and smart, there was always a problem. Not smart enough.

    PS: Any way to work around her working in the foreground ? I mean, when she's doing something, if I Alt+Tab somewhere else she stops her work, and I find that pretty annoying.
    So far my experience with Cortana, when it works, is utter dismay. Speech recognition in 1998 worked better - at least you could tell it to open a word document and it would (after training it).

    Cortana is good at opening Web pages - that's about it for now ... maybe it will get better, but if not I'll disable it in favor of a more useful search (third party is necessary).

    Use settings on Cortana to turn it off, you can also tell it to stop learning about you in the Main Settings -> Cortana.
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  5.    03 Apr 2015 #5

    Cortana will sing and tell jokes.
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  6.    03 Apr 2015 #6

    Slartybart said: View Post
    So far my experience with Cortana, when it works, is utter dismay. Speech recognition in 1998 worked better - at least you could tell it to open a word document and it would (after training it).

    Cortana is good at opening Web pages - that's about it for now ... maybe it will get better, but if not I'll disable it in favor of a more useful search (third party is necessary).

    Use settings on Cortana to turn it off, you can also tell it to stop learning about you in the Main Settings -> Cortana.
    Well I never used a 'personal assistant' on my PC before, and I figured that if it's here, ready to be used, why not give it a try ? I'll just go back to typing for now. It's faster anyways. (she takes too long to do her stuff)
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  7.    03 Apr 2015 #7

    Winuser said: View Post
    Cortana will sing and tell jokes.
    That doesn't really make her less useless ...
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  8.    03 Apr 2015 #8

    Hi

    The main thing I'm using Cortana for right now is playing my music.
    I created a Cortana playlist with 10 hours of music in it, everything from Pavarotti to Willy Nelson, instrumental and what have you .

    Now I just say "Hey Cortana, Play my music" and she replies Shuffling your music, or OK, playing your music and plays from the list at random.

    It doesn't get boring because I never know what's going to come up next.
    Right now she's playing Peter Paul and Mary.

    I can do this from the other side of the room if I'm sitting reading or something.

    But you are right there isn't much that she can do right now.
    I want her to open software, take email dictation, and send it, etc.

    She does do a pretty good job of searching the web, and some of her jokes are funny, I hope they keep updating with new ones.
    Maybe that's something that Microsoft could add, a way for people to submit jokes for Cortana, (Microsoft Approved of Course). LOL

    Mike
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  9.    03 Apr 2015 #9

    Marron said: View Post
    That doesn't really make her less useless ...
    You did ask what she is good at.
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  10. Posts : 9,018
    Windows 10 Professional
       03 Apr 2015 #10

    Winuser said: View Post
    You did ask what she is good at.
    I found that to be rather disappointing, actually.
    They probably spent a lot of time and money programing the feature to respond to stupid questions with smart a** answers just to show 'her' off, but, to get 'her' to perform a gainful task!? Not there yet!
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