Cortana To Be Integrated In Windows ‘Threshold’
Microsoft’s artificially intelligent digital assistant Cortana is making its way to the desktop computers. Although Microsoft has been working to make Cortana a part of Windows since 2011, the news about actually making it happen comes five days after Apple filed an application for a patent about making a digital assistant, Siri, a part of their desktop computer (Mac).
Cortana is Microsoft’s reply to Apple’s Siri and takes its name from an artificially intelligent Halo character which can learn and adapt. Cortana is available on Windows phones, and is able to answer user queries and helps in managing different tasks effectively.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave an example of how Cortana app uses the data from different sources, like highway sensors and his own calendar, and reminds him to leave work to attend her daughter’s recital.
Now, Cortana is making its way towards desktop computers, and it is likely to be integrated in next version of Windows that might be called ‘Threshold’ or Windows 9. It will not be a part of the operating system itself, but it will be available as an app like it was in Windows Phone 8.1, as noted by Neowin’s Brad Sams.
Apple’s recently submitted patent application was somewhat similar to Microsoft’s plans. Microsoft has been working on making Cortana a part of Windows since 2011. They predicted scenarios where users would be able to give speech commands like “print my boarding pass on Southwest” to their PC and the systems will carry out the action desired by the user. This is made possible by using machine learning techniques and consolidating data from different sources like Bing and Satori knowledge repository.
Note that Cortana is not yet officially a part of Windows but it has ‘graduated’. Meaning that Cortana has graduated from the development phase and is now in deployment phase. It will not feature a full screen mode like on a Windows Phone, instead it will take only 25% of the screen with Cortana being at the center, in a circle shape.
Microsoft seems to be proud of their Cortana app and provides good support for the application. They have already said that the application will be updated twice a month which means that when Threshold launches, Cortana will be much more reliable than today. Hence it will get integrated in the Windows smoothly.