Windows 10: How Cortana Comes to Life in Windows 10

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  1.    11 Feb 2015 #11

    It's very rare that I can get Cortana to respond to Hey Cortana. I usually have to hit the microphone icon. Then it's very limited to what it will do. I hope to see some improvements in the next build.
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  2.    11 Feb 2015 #12

    We still have another six months at least so don't get yourselves all worked up just yet. . .something new takes time to get right. . .oh and for those who think that MS isn't doing it their way. . .well. . .
    Last edited by Lee; 12 Feb 2015 at 01:03.
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       11 Feb 2015 #13

    Cortana has great promise. I say this from using this "assistant" daily on my Windows 8.1 Phone (Lumia 635). Some verbal commands that I use:

    Shuffle - Cortana plays my music

    Pause or Resume - Cortana stops, Cortana resumes playing music

    Weather - Cortana tells me temperature, present conditions and displays details. I can ask for weather conditions in another city.

    Open OneNote - Cortana opens OneNote (my grocery shopping list).

    Remind me - Cortana will ask for the "what and when" details, repeat the reminder and ask if it is correct.

    Rich
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  4.    12 Feb 2015 #14

    Indianatone said: View Post
    Yeah this is going to work really well.........They can't even get a simple update for Office 2010 to work correctly. I would NOT put all my trust in this application. Windows Phone has hardly any public take up so the program probably works fairly well in testing as only Microsofties have the phone. What happens when all the fanbois get on the servers at the same time asking stupid questions. Will it crash and burn? As Sheldon Cooper said "Don't mock the flawed technology" I know it is not for me, what with Samsung's voice activated TV spying on people and M$ wanting people to trust their lives to a talking computer lady is no one concerned about their privacy? And what does this feature have to do with OS anyway? This should be one of the extra non core of the OS.
    I agree, what?!

    On Windows Phone, Cortana works perfectly fine, for some reason Windows 10 is hit and miss.

    It is an extra, non-core part of the OS. Cortana is partly meant as the future of search and be useful as an assistant that learns about you to be more proactive. If you have a busy schedule and have several things to be on top of, Cortana is meant to be there to help with that. If you don't want that or need that, you don't have to use it.

    Cortana is one of several overarching themes with Windows 10, the Natural User Interface based off touch, gesture, gaze, and speech inputs. It's meant to humanize computing.
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  5.    12 Feb 2015 #15

    Lee said: View Post
    We still have another six months at least so don't get you selves all worked up just yet. . .something new takes time to get right. . .oh and for those who think that MS isn't doing their way. . .well. . .
    Remember how it was with the Start Screen back in Windows 8 and how some people refused to use it and didn't care for it nor understood why it was there and all this and that?

    Yeah, some of those same people are here that like using the Start Screen now. I agree, give it six months and we'll be seeing post along the lines of, "Cortana-she's actually pretty useful!"
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  6.    12 Feb 2015 #16

    Coke Robot said: View Post
    Lee said: View Post
    We still have another six months at least so don't get you selves all worked up just yet. . .something new takes time to get right. . .oh and for those who think that MS isn't doing their way. . .well. . .
    Remember how it was with the Start Screen back in Windows 8 and how some people refused to use it and didn't care for it nor understood why it was there and all this and that?

    Yeah, some of those same people are here that like using the Start Screen now. I agree, give it six months and we'll be seeing post along the lines of, "Cortana-she's actually pretty useful!"
    I don't think the Start Screen was the issue, I believe not having a Windows 7 type menu was the issue, and having the Start Screen the only option. I know for myself that is what I dislike most about Windows 8/8.1 is not having a menu. I installed Start8 and there were no issues after that.

    I think that is why the Start Screen and Windows 8 got a bad reputation. It is a great way to manage Metro, better than the dumb tiled system in Wiindows 10, IMO. I much prefer managing metro in the Windows 8 tradition, Charms bar, hot corners and all.
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  7.    12 Feb 2015 #17

    Trust_No1 said: View Post
    Coke Robot said: View Post
    Lee said: View Post
    We still have another six months at least so don't get you selves all worked up just yet. . .something new takes time to get right. . .oh and for those who think that MS isn't doing their way. . .well. . .
    Remember how it was with the Start Screen back in Windows 8 and how some people refused to use it and didn't care for it nor understood why it was there and all this and that?

    Yeah, some of those same people are here that like using the Start Screen now. I agree, give it six months and we'll be seeing post along the lines of, "Cortana-she's actually pretty useful!"
    I don't think the Start Screen was the issue, I believe not having a Windows 7 type menu was the issue, and having the Start Screen the only option. I know for myself that is what I dislike most about Windows 8/8.1 is not having a menu. I installed Start8 and there were no issues after that.

    I think that is why the Start Screen and Windows 8 got a bad reputation. It is a great way to manage Metro, better than the dumb tiled system in Wiindows 10, IMO. I much prefer managing metro in the Windows 8 tradition, Charms bar, hot corners and all.
    Please least not go back to that tired old subject. . .this is about Cortana.
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  8.    12 Feb 2015 #18

    Hi

    I have Cortana working from the mike on my Microsoft web cam.
    I can even give her commands from 15 feet away.

    For instance while sitting in the room, I can say, Cortana Play my music and the music plays.

    Yesterday I was playing a video about Cortana and she would respond when the guy in the video said "Hey Cortana" I had to turn the volume down.

    She does a credible job of searching the web, but I can't get her to send an email or take a note etc.
    Many of the features that they demonstrate don't seem to be active yet.

    She just says "Try again after further updates".

    So I'm hoping that she will be more capable after the next Windows 10 update later this month.
    I would really like it if I could just say "Send and email to John Doe" and have her take dictation and send it.

    And I'd like to have her take notes and save them as text files.
    She does a very good job of recognising what I'm saying, and seldom make errors, but there was something I was searching for the other day that she couldn't hear the T on the end of no matter how clearly I tried to say it.

    Mike
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       12 Feb 2015 #19

    MikeHawthorne said: View Post
    So I'm hoping that she will be more capable after the next Windows 10 update later this month.
    I would really like it if I could just say "Send and email to John Doe" and have her take dictation and send it.

    And I'd like to have her take notes and save them as text files.
    Ditto here.
    I use Cortana mainly on my Windows Phone where she is "more sophisticated" than on my desktop. I tried to send email but that is not functioning either (yet?) on the Windows 8.1 Phone. As indicated before, I believe Cortana has a lot of potential.
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  10.    19 Feb 2016 #20

    badrobot said: View Post
    If you guys really wanna try it out just to satisfy your curiosity, just temporarily change your region to US. After trying it out, you'll find out for yourself if you really want to wait for it. I did try it out for an hour here in Canada but that's just it. I don't wanna see it anymore on my desktop. Disabled.
    I am fed up with Americans thinking that their language is English. As a natural born Englishman I can assure you that it is not even remotely similar, with so many spelling and grammar differences. If we have to switch the region to America, all our emails will be miss- spelled in the spell checker. As the UK has more Windows users than most countries, how about supporting us properly? Just to prove my point, American is not included in the add a language tab in Cortana. Was disabled as useless - but without it I find that I cannot access my control panel, or any of my programs that do not have a tile. What a mess, and only 3 months or so before its final!
    Last edited by Hwalker1; 19 Feb 2016 at 09:52. Reason: Found another problem with it
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