Cortana Running In Windows 10 Desktop Seems Pretty Impressive!
Microsoft’s personal digital assistant Cortana is making its way to Windows 10. Of course, this is nothing new — we heard the news back in August, however, up until now, we haven’t had the chance to see Cortana running on the desktop.
Windows fan site WinBeta has just managed to get its hands on an unreleased Windows 10 build, and posted the first screenshot and video of the desktop version of Microsoft’s virtual assistant.
It’s a pretty solid indication that Redmond-based company plans to finally integrate Cortana into Windows — a move that was being expected to happen ever since Microsoft introduced the Halo character in its Windows Phone.
So, you might now be wondering what can Cortana do on the desktop? Well, it will perform pretty much the same way as it does on Windows Phone. You can add items to a calender so Cortana could keep track of your events, and let you remind what you’ve scheduled for a given day.
You can also play and pause music, launch apps, set and turn off alarms, take a note in OneNote, and check the weather. Moreover, you can search maps and get traffic information just like you can on Windows Phone.
However, unlike on Windows Phone, when you call someone using Cortana, it will open Skype and dial the contact assuming their contact information is already in your address book.
Users are also likely to miss Cortana’s usual Windows Phone personality on Windows 10 desktop — she won’t be able to answer funny and tricky questions like, “Who are you?” or “Tell me a Joke.” That part is still in works like other features, and we might see it appearing on desktop in near future.
Check out video of Cortana in its new form:
As the video shows, Microsoft has already incorporated a fair amount of functionality into Cortana for Windows 10, but it’s still far from finished. Windows 10 is said to be shipped by late summer and early fall of 2015, but even then we don’t think she would be ready to be your virtual assistant on the desktop for months.
Nonetheless, the idea of talking to a PC via voice recognition still sounds pretty exciting!
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