Meet Cortana: Microsoft’s Siri-Like New Windows Phone 8.1 Personal Assistant [video]


Today, Microsoft officially unveiled Cortana, Windows Phone’s 8.1 personal assistant. Named after a character from the Halo video game, Cortana is powered by Bing, and users can use Cortana to make phone calls, send texts, dictate notes or provide reminders.

Powered by Bing, Cortana is the only digital assistant that gets to know you, builds a relationship that you can trust, and gets better over time by asking questions based on your behavior and checking in with you before she assumes you’re interested in something. She detects and monitors the stuff you care about, looks out for you throughout the day, and helps filter out the noise so you can focus on what matters to you. Cortana will launch shortly here in the U.S. first as a “beta,” and then will launch in the US, the U.K. and China in the second half of 2014 with other countries to follow afterwards into 2015.

To learn more about Cortana and Windows Phone 8.1 check out the videos below and the official Windows Phone blog