New Video Shows Cortana Integrated Into Microsoft’s Project Spartan
Microsoft has been balancing many projects and new ventures on its fingers, and Project Spartan seems to be one of the most promising one.
Project Spartan is a whole new take on the modern Internet browsing. Microsoft is polishing their new browser such that it is expected to stand against Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Moreover, Spartan is being built using universal app platform, which will enable it to work across multiple devices.
Undoubtedly, the most intriguing feature in Spartan is direct integration of Cortana to make things easier. Microsoft has released a video showing the new features of Cortana. These include the abilities to:
- Gather and show some more info about the website that the user is visiting
- Give the proper meaning of a word that is not understood by the user
- Provide all answers in the form of a sidebar that slides out from the right side when needed.
Microsoft had initially unveiled the project – successor to the much criticized Internet Explorer – during its Windows 10 event in January. While the company had already leaked hints at some of the features the video shows, like Cortana integration, a new rendering engine and inking support, it hasn’t really given away much further in the live browser-based demo.
The video shows most of the features of Cortana that were mentioned by Microsoft in the event:
As soon as Cortana detects that she has more information to offer on a site, she makes a rapid bounce in the address bar where her icon is nestled. Some of the information she can deliver includes an address and the operating hours of a business site.
As much as we gather from the video and general hands-on reviews, Cortana can provide information without having to go from one browser to another. Let’s say if you encounter a word that you don’t know the meaning of, you can simply highlight it and right click to find the option “Ask Cortana”. This will make Cortana find the definition and display it to you without redirecting you to another page.
Moreover, if you visit a business page, it will automatically search and display content that she thinks you might be looking to find, like opening hours, location, phone numbers and reviews.
Another good HCI aspect that Microsoft has taken care of is hiding the visibility of Cortana, even when it is running in the background, waiting for you to seek help. She is noiseless and does not interrupt or disrupt your screen 24/7.
I can already hear girlfriends being dumped for Cortana’s apt aid and non-intrusive behavior. But we can’t really blame Microsoft, can we?
The next build is expected to be equipped with integrated Cortana.