Microsoft wants more people to use Cortana away from Windows

Aug 14, 2018 at 10:15 GMT It’s no secret that Microsoft has been having trouble with getting users to actively use Cortana, facing stiff competition from Google Assistant, Alexa and even Siri in some places. Microsoft now wants to turn Cortana into something that powers voice computing, the next stage of computing in a way that will catapult it into the lead.  Citing Microsoft’s David Ku, the WSJ notes that the firm wants users to use Cortana when they aren’t in front of ...
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Ultimate capitulation as Microsoft invites Alexa and Google Assistant onto the Xbox

May 30, 2018 at 18:04 GMT We know Cortana is in rather a precarious position, and that Amazon Alexa is taking advantage of Windows being an open platform by bringing their service to select Windows PCs, but the last thing we expected was that Microsoft would be inviting Amazon and Google to take control of the Xbox, their very closed gaming console. Yet this is exactly what Microsoft appears to be planning, according to the WC, who posted this screenshot above, which woul...
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Microsoft’s newest 2018 hardware strategy will focus on always connected devices and Cortana

Feb 3, 2018 at 18:42 GMT A new report from Thurrott lays out the kind of hardware Microsoft will be expecting its OEMs to focus in 2018. Modern premium. – This will be premium hardware like the Surface Book 2 and Dell XPS 13 which compete with Apple’s MacBook Pro. Modern mainstream. – Devices like the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop which compete with iPad Pro, MacBook and Pixelbook among others. Modern entry. This will comprise of notebooks like Acer’s Swift 1 whi...
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Is Cortana next to be Grooved?

Jan 17, 2018 at 19:30 GMT Satya Nadella’s Microsoft is not one to keep a failing product on life support, and after killing Windows Phone, the Microsoft Band and Groove Music, the axeman may have found another target. While Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant is present on nearly every Windows 10 PC in the west, it has never developed a massive following and has less than 1% of the 3rd party skills as market leader Amazon Alexa. The one saving grace of the digital as...
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Microsoft promises to bring Cortana to more devices in 2018

Jan 8, 2018 at 18:45 GMT As Google Assistant and Alexa dominate CES’s AI space with news of more devices and wider reach, Microsoft is promising that there’ll be more devices with Cortana over next year, seriously. “With the support of both existing and new partnerships, we’re continuing to bring Cortana to even more places in the office, at home and on the go. Regardless of the device or context, our goal is to put Cortana everywhere you need assistance, whether that is ...
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The Cortana app for Android may be going away

Dec 13, 2017 at 22:51 GMT At Microsoft’s Everyday AI event Harry Shum, Executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Research group, announced that Cortana features would be coming to Microsoft Launcher, raising the prospect of the stand-alone app going away. Microsoft has already agreed to integrate Cortana with the Cheetah Mobile Android launcher,and Microsoft said today “we hope to integrate Cortana into additional apps and launchers in the f...
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Microsoft’s new Cortana looks a lot like Windows 8.1’s SmartSearch

Nov 23, 2017 at 10:12 GMT Cortana has been around on PCs since Microsoft launched Windows 10 back in 2015. Now it looks like the company is planning to revamp the whole Cortana experience. If Aggiornamentilumia is to be believed, Microsoft is planning to release a new Cortana layout with the upcoming Redstone 4. The new version of Cortana is similar to the Windows 8.1 Search which Microsoft retired for Windows 10. You can check out the new design and features in the video below....
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Microsoft says Cortana has 148M monthly active users, expects Invoke to accelerate ‘momentum’

Oct 20, 2017 at 13:00 GMT Microsoft is launching the first-ever Cortana-powered smart speaker today. The company teamed up with Harman Kardon to build the Invoke, a Cortana-powered smart speaker that goes on sale this Sunday for $199. Today, Microsoft also announced that Cortana now has 148 million monthly active users. Last December, the company shared that Cortana was being used by 145 million users across Windows 10, Android, iOS, and the Xbox One, meaning the serv...
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Hackers can take control of Cortana with voice commands, and you wouldn’t hear it coming

Sep 8, 2017 at 14:30 GMT Voice assistants are all the rage nowadays in the tech world, Apple has one, Google has one, Microsoft has one, Amazon has one, Samsung has one etc. They still aren’t all that useful at this stage and most people wouldn’t care if they vanished, and according to a security paper recently published, they might even be a system vulnerability. Using a cheap hack called the Dolphin Attack (for reasons that will quickly become apparent) with $3 of e...
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Google capitulates to EU anti-trust regulators, set to change business

Sep 04, 2017 at 21:30 GMT Microsoft was a much-chastened company after being very nearly broken up by American anti-trust regulators in early 2000, with much of its hyper-competitive edge being blunted by close supervision by resident lawyers. It seems Google may soon be having a taste of the same medicine, as the company starts complying with EU demands for it to change how it does business on the internet. Google was fined a record 2.4 billion euro ($2.7 billion)...
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