Windows 10: Cortana: Now available where and when you need her

  1. Brink's Avatar
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       10 Dec 2015 #1

    Cortana: Now available where and when you need her

    Cortana was created to be a truly personal digital assistant – available on the go, no matter where or when you need help, and on whatever device you carry. That’s why it’s important to us that we bring Cortana to not only the Windows 10 ecosystem, but to other platforms. Today, we’re excited to announce that Cortana is available on select iPhone, Android and Cyanogen OS powered devices as a great companion experience to your Windows 10 PC.

    In May, we announced that Cortana would be the first personal digital assistant to help you complete tasks across your devices, from PC to phone and vice versa regardless of your device of choice. Today is a big step in delivering on that promise – bringing even more ways to save you time and effort anywhere you need it:

    • Reminders that Travel with You: Set a location-based reminder on one device and have it pop up on your smartphone when you arrive at the location. This time of year means keeping track of holiday gift lists and to-dos. You can set a reminder on your PC to pick up a bottle of wine the next time you are near the grocery store and Cortana will remind you on your phone the next time you are at that location.

    • Never Miss a Phone Call: In a meeting and can’t answer your phone? With the Cortana app, get a missed call alert on your Windows 10 PC and let Cortana send a text back letting them know you’ll call them later – all without leaving your PC.*

    • Convenient Tracking: This holiday season, you’ll be able to track flights, packages and more using Cortana on both your phone and your PC, and get the updates on the device that you’re on so you don’t miss a thing.

    Of course, the Cortana app comes with the same intelligence as Cortana on your PC, with the ability to look up information and give helpful suggestions. The information stored in Cortana’s Notebook on your PC such as interests, weather and more, will travel with you across devices and any changes you make on one will be reflected on your other devices.

    While the Cortana app is fully-featured, there are some things Cortana can do on Windows phones that aren’t currently possible with iOS or Android*. This includes toggling settings or opening apps, and the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana.” The ‘Phone Companion’ app on your Windows 10 PC will help you install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone so you’ll be able to take the intelligence of Cortana with you, wherever you go.

    In addition, as a result of our close partnership with Cyanogen, we created a more integrated experience to enable Cortana’s voice activation ‘Hey Cortana’ on Cyanogen devices so you can call on her while on any screen or when you’re immersed in an app. The custom integration includes the ability to ask Cortana to toggle network modes, power down your phone, and turn on Quiet Mode amongst other features. With Quiet Mode enabled, all notifications, calls and alarms will be silenced.

    This is just the start of our partnership as Cortana will be rolled out to other Cyanogen OS powered devices early next year with even greater functionality, and we look forward to doing even more together in the future.

    The Cortana app is available today in the U.S. and China for iPhones on iOS8 and up and Android 4.1.2. And will be available in the U.S. on One Plus One powered by Cyanogen OS with the 12.1.1 over-the-air update later in Dec. Learn more about Cortana here or just say “Phone Companion” to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC to get set up.

    * The “Hey Cortana” feature is possible in the Android app store version if the user is in the Cortana app or in the Android home screen. Missed call notifications work for Android devices with a Windows 10 PC of 1511 or above.

    Source: Cortana: Now available where and when you need her, no matter what smartphone you choose | Windows Experience Blog
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  2.    11 Dec 2015 #1

    I just set it up on my android Samsung. I ask her for directions and she gave me the correct one.
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  3. davidhk's Avatar
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       11 Dec 2015 #2

    Cortana float around your PC ?

    Microsoft just released Cortana for iOS and Android this week, but it's planning much bigger features for its future Windows integration. Cortana first arrived on Windows 10 earlier this year, and now Microsoft is planning and building major updates, codenamed Redstone, to the operating system that will make Cortana a lot more powerful. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that the company is experimenting with having Cortana float around Windows 10.
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  4.    11 Dec 2015 #3

    Floating Cortana reminds me of old Clippy.
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  5. davidhk's Avatar
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       11 Dec 2015 #4

    They said " it's more of a powerful search tool, than an annoying animated character like Clippy."

    I didn't even know there were a Clippy.
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  6.    11 Dec 2015 #5

    swarfega said: View Post
    Floating Cortana reminds me of old Clippy.
    Clippy was cool, you could even change the character.. but as most people did, I turned him off.
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  7.    11 Dec 2015 #6

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       11 Dec 2015 #7

    I always liked clippy but I purrferd the cat. :)

    Not everyone has multiple devices, I do but my cell phone is not a smartphone.
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  9. Cliff S's Avatar
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       13 Dec 2015 #8

    Cortana to "Float" on your Desktop

    Windows 10’s next major update will let Cortana float around your PC | The Verge
    This floating mechanism would allow Cortana to appear on top of documents, contextually, and provide information and assistance. We're told it's more of a powerful search tool, than an annoying animated character like Clippy. If Microsoft pushes ahead with its Cortana plans then the digital assistant will be able to control even more Windows features, like the ability to mute all incoming notifications quickly.

    Microsoft is also considering further integrating its Office 365 services directly into Cortana so they're available straight within Windows 10. For businesses this could mean Windows 10 can serve as a hub for projects, with the ability for Cortana to understand who's working on a document and surface useful information.
    Details emerge on Microsofts plans for Cortana in Windows 10 Redstone updates
    If that sends a shiver down your spine with memories of the dreaded paperclip, you're not alone - but the functionality is said to be more focused on Cortana as a 'powerful search tool' than an irritating sidekick. Microsoft is also developing features for Cortana on Windows 10 Mobile similar to Google Now On Tap, which enables Android 6.0 Marshmallow users to discover useful contextual information when searching.
    Microsoft Windows 10 Redstone to get Cortana update - Business Insider Deutschland
    It's not a surprise, whatsoever, that Microsoft is focusing so heavily on Cortana with future Windows 10 updates.

    Cortana is a major strategic push for Microsoft, coming straight from CEO Satya Nadella: He recently said that he sees virtual digital assistants like Cortana eventually replacing the web browser entirely.

    And so building Cortana into everything, everywhere just makes sense — Microsoft wants to make sure Cortana is always front-and-center. In fact, just this week, Microsoft released Cortana apps for iOS and Android, extending the app's reach to the stars above.

    It also doesn't hurt that Cortana seems to be driving some ad revenue via the Bing search engine.
    Windows 10 Redstone: Floating Cortana, Deeper integration within Windows Shell
    Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update codenamed Redstone will reportedly showcase more Cortana integration with the Windows ecosystem. The Halo-inspired digital assistant made its debut on Windows 10 when the OS launched back in July, and now the Redmond giant is working to make Cortana more functional and powerful. Reports suggest that Microsoft is apparently testing a feature that’ll have a floating Cortana around the Windows 10.

    Hence, Cortana will become a contextual tool that’ll appear within apps and provide related information and assistance spontaneously. In addition, the company is also planning to further integrate Cortana with its Office 365 suite of apps, facilitating with tasks across the different smartphone platforms and provide contextual information
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