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Microsoft's own next-generation version of Apple's Siri is called 'Cortana'

Microsoft is working on its 'Cortana' rival to Apple's Siri and Google Now, which will be integrated into all flavors of Windows in the future. (Mobile, PC, Xbox One)

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Snookies12  +   809d ago | Well said
Lol, that's pretty funny. In a good way.
Anon1974  +   809d ago | Well said
That's fantastic.

I don't do any development on Windows Phones so I rather need my Android device for testing, but I won't lie, for the first time this makes me want a Windows phone.
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shivvy24  +   809d ago | Well said
This is actually awesome !
spicelicka  +   809d ago | Funny
That's so awesome, imagine if she throws in subliminal halo references, or goes rampant for a few seconds here n there, it would just be so cool (as long as she's not actually rampant and destroying your device lol).
mewhy32  +   809d ago
Well I have to admit that's pretty awesome.
ShinMaster  +   809d ago
People have Windows Phones?
P0werVR  +   809d ago
Is Cortana the future AI threat of the human race?! O.o

Is she going to have an army of sentient beings taking over the universe??


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Mystogan  +   809d ago | Helpful
Kevin ButIer  +   808d ago
lol I hope they include some random Easter eggs...
crxss  +   808d ago
I LOVE IT! the phone operating system on the other hand...
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B-radical  +   809d ago
i love it
PSVita  +   809d ago
I'd rather have Jarvis from Iron Man.
The Meerkat  +   809d ago
^ You're just asking for some childish responses aren't you?
SITH  +   809d ago
"Power at 400% capacity."
Big_B0SS  +   809d ago
Psss...KITT from Knight Rider says hi.
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nukeitall  +   809d ago

That is such an ironic statement. You can never exceed capacity, if you do, that is the capacity!

Hence, you can never achieve more than 100% capacity!
PSVita  +   809d ago
Calm down nukeitall.. it was a quote from a fictional superhero movie...
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Campy da Camper  +   809d ago
I'd rather have Wheatley from Portal2. Snyde attitude and all.
P0werVR  +   809d ago
I like breasts, IMO.
humbleopinion  +   809d ago
EVA from the original C&C

<drops mike>
Gekko36  +   808d ago
@Big_B0SS HAHA, love it!

KITT's voice sounded like the voice of an evil peadophile demon!
FamilyGuy  +   809d ago
Yeah that's some straight up fan service. MS taking some ques from the Japanese, nice.
ATi_Elite  +   809d ago | Funny
Siri - "is that Halo? I didn't see that coming"

Cortana - "that's because your stupid, everyone knows Halo is all things Microsoft"

Siri - "Oh dear your rude"

Cortana - "wah go cry in a Starbucks corner"

Siri "?"
KillerPigeon  +   809d ago | Funny
Are you suggesting that both Microsoft and Apple are illiterate, and incapable of using 'your' and 'you're' in the correct context?
BattleTorn  +   809d ago
@Killer +funny
Big_B0SS  +   809d ago
@Killer Pigio - Whu U so mean?
okmrman  +   809d ago
1 shot 1 kill
SilentNegotiator  +   809d ago
Where's all of the outrage about Microsoft ripping off Apple? If this situation were reversed, people would start an internet holy war over Apple ripping off Cortana.

Good thing this is here rather than techspy; it's pretty obvious what their response would be:

"Apple never innovates! Look; here's an example of something kinda similar to Siri from 1998 that never took off and didn't work very well! See! Those hacks at Apple! Microsoft has totally taken the concept and flipped it on its head for the better, making it innovative. God I love Microsoft. They're so awesome. Only Apple rips things off"
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JeffGUNZ  +   809d ago
Take a breath buddy.
nosferatuzodd  +   809d ago
Lol yeah Microsoft is awesome at looking around at every company and steal a little from them windows phone not selling og Microsoft now you're going to make a computer girl strip for its users hope it catches on lol
SilentNegotiator  +   809d ago
It's impressive that you can see my composure through the internet. /s
But I understand that creating a preconceived notion (such as a frenzied emotional state) of someone that you disagree with is easier than debating the person...not that you're doing so, I'm sure.

If you think that all of the exclamations and quick sentences in the pseudo-quote is a sign of me in some state of excitement, let me help you understand something; what I did is called "satire" with the assistance of "hyperbole"

I'm no apple person, but I think the hypocrisy of zealous Apple-haters needs to be addressed.
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FragMnTagM  +   809d ago
^Apple fanboy.
darthv72  +   809d ago
maybe there is no outrage because between the two AI's...Cortana is the sexier of the two.

just a hunch.

on a similar note. is this a bad thing? i kind of wished my GS2 had a voice that responded to my verbal commands.

the closest i get is my wife on the other end of a call and she doesnt always respond in kind, but that's another story.
dmeador  +   809d ago

So you are coming on to a website that doesn't have the hating fanboys (in this variety, haha) in order to stir something up then?

You might not be an apple person, but you sure do come off as someone who is trying too hard to sound intelligent, and come off as pretty condescending.

There isn't much to debate you on. All you did was imply there should be outrage on the site.... ummmm ok? Just sounds to me like you were mad that the newest iPhones didn't bring anything new to the table (other than 64bit), and people on other sites pointed it out.
SilentNegotiator  +   809d ago
So I'm an Apple fanboy with zero Apple products. That's amazing.

"So you are coming on to a website that doesn't have the hating fanboys (in this variety, haha) in order to stir something up then?"

Techspy and N4G are owned by the same company. They're different websites, but they link to each other and any N4G user can click a link and automatically be signed into the other site and vica versa. They're practically conjoined.

"you sure do come off as someone who is trying too hard to sound intelligent"

For pointing out hypocrisy or pointing out that you tried to assert my emotional state from a calm post? Sorry, I'll try to dumb it down.
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OpieWinston  +   809d ago
Everytime I see you on N4G I immediately think "This dumb ass is disrespecting Red"

Get a different pic, because you're disgracing Red.

CoLD FiRE  +   808d ago
How did Microsoft rip off Apple? Windows Phone has had this feature under the name "Tellme" since 2010! Sure it wasn't as advance back then but that's the way technology works.

You should do your research before talk and look stupid.
Septic  +   808d ago
Oh give it a rest.

"Good thing this is here rather than techspy; it's pretty obvious what their response would be"

So why not shed your crocodile tears there?
2cents  +   809d ago
Well if this happens then I'm officially mind blown!

I have a new level of respect if they call it/her Cortana.
Im actually excited for the new windows phone now.
Kyur4ThePain  +   809d ago
THAT's the reason you're excited?
2cents  +   808d ago
Yes, this is the icing on the cake.
I've been waiting for the new windows mobile OS as I want everything to be in tandem with eachother. Just as I've been waiting for 2nd gen surface pro. I want the perfect ecosystem, windows 8.1, Xbox One, surface pro 2, and windows mobile 8.1 when Micro-Nokia release the beast.

You got a problem with that?
awi5951  +   808d ago
People say its a bad name really? It couldnt be any better lol. IF they are ever able to make a AI its totally life copying Art.
Septic  +   809d ago
That's actually pretty cool. I'm going to set my name up as 'Chief'.
True_Samurai  +   809d ago
Not that's interesting here's a bubble. "Chief! Your mom is calling" lol
AngelicIceDiamond  +   809d ago
Imma tell her to call me Ice.

Hey Master Chief isn't the only one now who has AI now lol. I hope this gets announce at E3 (surprie X1 cortana announcement) in 2014 (doubt it) but one can hope.
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The_Infected  +   809d ago
She a sexy A.I. I'll give her that. Haha
jackanderson1985  +   809d ago
"broker information among our services to bring them together on our devices" with this and the appled fingerprint tech, the NSA will have information on every human alive.

Gamer Muzz  +   809d ago
Good. Personally, I don't care if the NSA has information on me. In fact, I encourage it. I have nothing to be afraid of.
We also need to consider that the NSA will not be watching everyone all the time as it would take MASSIVE resources to do so. But it is their job to watch specific people and act upon them when necessary.
Humanity as a whole needs to be checked up on. People are downright evil and left to their own devices will do no good. so when they need all the information available to find a criminal, I welcome them having everything possible. The police should have this info too.
now all we need are street judges on the job.
Sprud  +   809d ago
Yes, people are evil, and both NSA and the police consists of people. Who's gonna watch over the watchers?
grassyknoll  +   809d ago
I'm shocked people agree with you. A government that spies on its own citizens is a enemy of its those citizens. It starts out as a focus on "terror", then leads on to ethnic & social groups. This is the way Hitler & Stalin would use modern technology.
ravinash  +   809d ago
That’s all well and fine while a government you agree with is in power.
But what happens when the opposition is elected and start doing things you disagree with.
It only takes you saying something on a social media group for you to become the target.
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Mystogan  +   809d ago
I thought I was the only one who thought that is a good thing. Well Said +1
Gamer Muzz  +   809d ago
Having information on you. Your finger print, ETC., is not spying. I support the need for the government to have all available information on it's citizens.
Everyone thinks the world will become George Orwell's 1984 or something and I don't see it as a possible future for the united states.

As for "Spying".
Hypothetically speaking, If someone is suspected of making a bomb they plan to use on American soil to hurt/kill American Citizens, the Government has every right to spy on them. In fact, the government would be criticized for NOT doing so. We all know that much is true. It's beyond contestation.

it's not like the government has the time, resources, or desire to spy on me any of you.
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Death  +   809d ago
According to Apple, the fingerprint data is stored on your iphone only. If the government obtained your fingerprint illegally without just cause, a warrant, arrest etc, it would be thrown out of court. We have a judicial system in this country for a reason. It protects the citizens from unjust prosecution.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   809d ago
@Gamer Muzz- Wow your brainwashed.- or a corporate shill.

Humanity as a whole does "not" need to be checked up on by the Nanny State, aka Big Brother,. The people setting up these control grids are the Evil ones, breeding Mis-trust and fear. ., working in secret against their fellow man. We were born with are God given rights to be free, think free, and talk free,.
Hitler, Stalin , & Mao. are the type of people, that promote covert spying, and big brother type surveillance. The evil ones -fear free thinkers, and sent them away as political prisoners.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini - something --Like the NSA, and Microsoft.
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ChozenWoan  +   809d ago
If you want to live in a country that keeps all it's citizens 1000% safe from terrorism then I hear North Korea could always use a few more "workers."

It's sad that everything that happened 100 years ago is happening again... do anyone pay attention in history class anymore.
Gamer Muzz  +   809d ago
You're a moron. I'm not brainwashed. Nor am I a Shill. Just how deep does your paranoia go anyway? LOL
This is not surveillance, this is the accumulation and organization of information. It is not illegal, nor is it "Spying". If a person is suspect or under investigation, this information SHOULD ABSOLUTELY be used to expediently investigate the individual.

Like i'm going to take criticism from a conspiracy theorist who's delusions of grandeur are so great, that he actually believes the government wants to watch him. LOL
Like I said before. I just don't care. No one has reason or need to watch me. I'm a business owner, Veteran, and overall I try to be a good citizen. If you're going to fall under investigation of the NSA (or whatever), there's a reason for it.

And for the record, Corporations already rule the world. Where the Heck have you been? LOL
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sAVAge_bEaST  +   809d ago
I am not paranoid in the slightest, or Fear an imaginary terrorist,. I do not support trading in our liberty and freedom, for the sake of "security", because as our Forefathers warned if you do that, you lose both.

I Love this country dearly,. Everything it is supposed to represent, such as freedom, liberty, and justice. Corporations, and Governments, working in tandem will only lead to mistreatment of the people, the Government is supposed to represent,.

I like how you have to resort to childish name calling, such as moron, to try to disprove, or lesson my point,.

I am just fully aware of what is happening, and believe your views my be detrimental, to our children's future.
Gamer Muzz  +   809d ago
This does nothing to take your liberties away. Having information on people is not the same as spying on people. That's what you seem to miss here.
Governments and corporations "working together" is fine. it's when Corporations have control in government issues that it's a problem.
That said, If the NSA wants to use the information that a corporation has on me, whether it's my online interactions, thumbprint from my phone, or to look into my home VIA my webcam, because I'm suspected of a crime, then so be it. The corporation should absolutely work with the government.
I'm not willing to say someones privacy is more important than human lives.

You Love your country so much? As it happens, I too Love my country and my freedoms. I wonder if you joined the service and put your life on the line for it like I did. That's how I showed my patriotism. But, I also love justice and value human life.In a country of 315+ million people, it's a very good idea to have as much information as possible in the event that lives are in jeopardy.

You called me brainwashed so I called you a moron. You resort to judging my intellect and beliefs and get huffy because I think it's moronic? The shoe fits. Don't be a moron and I wont call you one.
You want to speak with me, remember, you get what you give.
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awi5951  +   808d ago

Its already happening more and more the government is helping the corporations treat us like the Chinese slave labor they are both so fond of.

1. Getting paid every week gone

2. Paid 1 hour lunch breaks gone

3. Overtime pay they have all types of tricks to screw you out of it.

4. Vacation days they switched it to hours so they can cut the days you take off or what they have to pay you.

5. sick days you either show up or get fired whether you have a doctors note or not.

6. Health care costs goes up each year and it still doesnt cover crap no matter what they pull out of your check.

7. Can no longer join a Union to be treated fairly. They just threaten to move to china for cheap slave labor. So you just have to be satisfied as being treated in the U.S as a slave worker the only difference you get paid more. But its still far less that what your grandparents was getting paid if you adjust for inflation.

8. And the minimum wage is a total joke because its so slow to be adjusted for cost of living.
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Mills93  +   809d ago
Awesome hahaha
IcicleTrepan  +   809d ago
That's actually pretty cool.
CalamityCB  +   809d ago
That is pretty fitting.
UsernameOfTheDead  +   809d ago
She will be as glitchy and near death as in Halo 4.
CalamityCB  +   809d ago
UsernameOfTheDead  +   809d ago
I see no one actually played Halo 4.
humbleopinion  +   809d ago
I see you didn't pay attention. AI only become "glitchy" (or rampant as Calamity corrected you) after 7 years.
But who cares? nobody is going to hold on to the same phone for 7 years. Problem solved.
theWB27  +   809d ago
Since I'm going X1...this would make me move from the Galaxy and to a Windows in order to have all of my electronics this deeply interwoven. Keep it coming Micro..
n4rc  +   809d ago
Was just thinking that... Have always been told windows phones are actually quite good.. Just not nearly as popular..

But my nexus is acting up... Gonna have to look into them
True_Samurai  +   809d ago
Mines have to sometimes the automatic screen turn keeps turning off
creatchee  +   809d ago

I'm on my second Windows Phone now. Had an HTC Titan first and just upgraded to the Nokia Lumia 1020 (the yellow one from the ads with fancy camera). I love the Windows Phone OS - everything is Metro styled for the most part, and has a pleasant look and feel.

The only reason that I can't recommend WP to everyone is because of app support. Frankly, it's not there. If a bunch of your friends are talking about a cool app that just came out (think Words With Friends, Draw Something, Instagram, Snapchat when they were new), resign yourself to the fact that you won't be getting a WP version for months, if ever.

Other than that, web browsing is nice - you can change options to display mobile or desktop versions of websites on the fly, which is extremely handy. The picture system is well handled - sharing options are numerous, but what sets it apart is that when you're viewing pictures, you can use your pull-down menu and select apps to edit the picture, and get launched directly into it. Also, your friend's Facebook pictures sync into their contact page, and can be accessed without opening the actual Facebook app.

tl;dr Windows Phone is great, but it's not for everybody.
ziggurcat  +   809d ago
" Have always been told windows phones are actually quite good.."

people are lying to you, i'm afraid. you're better off just getting an android, but those phones aren't that much better.
n4rc  +   809d ago
I've owned everything except a WP... And don't tell me, you think the iPhone is the best? Yeah... Been down that road.. Used to be the greatest thing ever, now they are behind the curve.. Solid but meh

Apps are a mixed bag... I ditched my blackberry for lack of apps and bought my nexus... Went crazy trying everything...

Now I'm over it... Lol.. Virtually nothing on my phone anymore.. For me, it was a novelty that wore off..
JeffGUNZ  +   809d ago
"android phones are not much better." Really? the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are ranked the top two smart phones on the market, then the iphone 5. Apple use to be the best innovators in smartphones but their last 3 renditions have done little to raise the bar. They are behind the curve at this point.
GentlemenRUs  +   809d ago
How very original! /s

Come on M$, I know you can do a little better then this ;)
D0ffy  +   809d ago
That is pretty clever :)
jonboi24  +   809d ago
These phone better have holograms so I can ogle at her......
n4rc  +   809d ago

All this talk of azure being smoke and mirrors is so hilariously unfounded..

When I see stuff like this.. I'd be more concerned of azure becoming skynet. Lol.. Gonna be insane what it can do in a few years time
jonboi24  +   809d ago
Yet all the talk about Azure being able to offload tasks and make games better has yet to be unfounded
Kuse  +   809d ago
Uhm...yes please...
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alb1899  +   809d ago
I want to see Cortana when she talk to me, sexiest computer ever!
Felonycarclub8  +   809d ago
I just want KITT instead of Siri
pandehz  +   809d ago
WeAreLegion  +   809d ago

They have a lot of work to do if they want to catch up with Iris or Google though.
Mystogan  +   809d ago
Actually this sounds much more advanced then google now and Siri.
WeAreLegion  +   809d ago
Google Now and Siri, yes.

Iris already does this stuff though. I highly recommend it.
Dlacy13g  +   809d ago
IF they are actually using the same voice actor that did Cortana then I say full speed ahead. But something tells me, its just the naming convention for their voice assistant and nothing more.
coolasj  +   809d ago
Assistant Apps are hard to do. They might want to get it right before they bring Jen Taylor (Cortana) in. Very clever though. I'm interested.
Fireseed  +   809d ago
Unfortunately though she only lasts 10 years and then goes completely bat shit insane.
PFFT  +   809d ago
Which is fine by me. I love crazy chicks.
4logpc  +   809d ago
This is extremely old news.
Silentscope  +   809d ago
I really hope they keep the name when they launch this!
SuicideKing  +   809d ago
310dodo  +   809d ago
That is actually very awesome.

love Halo franchise still.
quenomamen  +   809d ago
MS, the China of the cell phone industry, no originality, just copy everybody else.
christocolus  +   809d ago
coool .like they are going with cortana too

me-cortana hello..
cortana-hi chris
me-cortana iv always had a crush on you since halo1
cortana-oh me too..
cortana-any particular info you require chris
me- far with our plans with the xbox one world wide domination...mwahahahahaha.
cortana - its all going according to plan....hehehehe

lol....kidding.....nice one ms
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DogtagDuke1992  +   809d ago
It would be even better if they used Jen Taylor to do the voice. I would buy this phone for sure!
GraveLord  +   809d ago

Only Halo fanboys will like it.
stage88  +   809d ago
Pretty much.

As someone that hates Halo this is a massive turn off.
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