The Future of the Internet: an informative piece about the future of internet technology, which uses Cortana as a tool to access information.
Cortana, The Future Of Searching: a blog about the new personal assistant and how it will change the way we search for information.
Cortana, The Next Google? a blog which discusses how Cortana could replace Google as our primary source of information, since the personal assistant provides more useful results.
Why You Need to Know About Cortana: an article that is intended to inform readers why they should be paying attention to this new technology.
Cortana Will Revolutionize the Way You Access Information
By C. Todd Lombardo | February 14, 2014 9:00 AM
Microsoft has released a new personal assistant, Cortana. This is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. The other two have made waves and become more than just another gimmick for people who love their phones. They have actually become useful to many. I have found that Siri is good at helping me make calendar entries, Google Now is great at giving me directions, and both are pretty good at looking up things on Google or the web. And of course there are those few times when they make us laugh with a witty response to something we said. But none of them seem to be very good at doing all of these things consistently well all the time and in one place.
I believe Microsoft’s Cortana will be different because it is not an app that you use like Siri, it’s an extension of your phone (or computer if your using Windows 8) that you can interact with when you need it but feels natural to talk to. It’s not a gimmick or just another cool thing, but rather a tool like your browser or email client that will become an integral part of our
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which we access information. As a millennial, I grew up with the Internet and cell phones and have never known life without them, but I’ve also watched these technologies evolve at an unprecedented rate.
What was once a text-based web has transformed into one rich with images, videos, and now even virtual reality. Not only are the ways we interact with information changing, but how we interact with each other is, too. It’s hard to believe that Facebook is only 12 years old — it has permeated our lives so completely that it feels like it’s always been around.
The latest technology to emerge from this revolution is Cortana, Microsoft’s new personal assistant. What makes Cortana unique is that she will be accessible across all of your devices and services — Windows Phone (obviously), Windows PCs and tablets, Xbox One, Bing, Office 365 and Outlook.com. She will be available on iOS and Android as well.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Marcus Ash, the Group Program Manager for Cortana at Microsoft.
There’s no doubt that Cortana is an amazing piece of technology. In fact, it’s probably one of the most impressive pieces of technology to come out of Microsoft in recent years. It’s easy enough to see how this voice-activated personal assistant could revolutionize the way we access information on our phones and desktops.
Who Will Cortana Help?
But while Cortana is a great new innovation, there are still questions as to who will actually benefit from using it. Specifically, there are three main groups of people who may be able to benefit from using this new digital assistant: people with visual impairments, older adults, and business owners.
People with Visual Disabilities
The most obvious group of people who could benefit from the use of a voice-activated digital assistant is people with visual disabilities. For example, people who are blind or visually impaired who want to use an iPhone or iPad now have an alternative to touch screen devices that require them to read text or look at images in order to navigate apps and websites.
Older adults are another group that could benefit from having a voice-activated personal assistant like Cortana. Many older adults have limited mobility due to arthritis or other conditions that affect their ability to use a keyboard and mouse effectively. By using
Cortana will be a smart personal assistant that will help you search the Internet, schedule meetings and provide reminders. She will be able to answer your questions by finding information on the Internet and providing it to you in a very accessible way. She will know a lot about you and your daily routines, so she will be able to provide you with suggestions and warnings as well.
Cortana will be part of Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8.1) and is therefore not a new product by itself. Instead, it is an integrated technology in WP8.1 that helps users access information more easily. In other words, it is not just a voice recognition tool like Siri, but rather a much more powerful platform that uses voice recognition as one of the means to interact with users.
The most important thing about Cortana is its ability to learn about you and get better over time. The more you use Cortana, the better she will become at predicting what you want and need based on your previous activity on your phone and computer (if available). This is really powerful as it allows Cortana to adapt to each user’s specific needs and preferences very quickly.
One of Cortana’s main functions is to allow users to search for information more easily using their voice instead
When it comes to the topic of searching, we’ve been conditioned to use Google. It has become a sort of household name. There are even movies and television shows that use “Google” as a verb. (It’s not even a real word!) It’s just that convenient. Why turn on your computer and type into an address bar when you can just say “OK, Google”?
The company has been working hard to integrate the search engine with everyday technology so that it is easier for consumers to get the information they need in minimal time. This is exactly why Google Glass was invented and why Android devices have voice-activated commands. Apple has also done this with Siri, but Cortana claims to be more advanced.
Windows Phone users can expect Cortana to be integrated into their devices soon. While this may seem like a tedious feature, it will make the lives of those who rely on smartphones much easier.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost my fair share of iPhones. And in the process I’ve realized just how much data is accessible to thieves. From social security numbers to banking information, a lot of personal data can be found in your phone. Even if you have the most up-to-date security software installed, there’s still a chance that hackers can break into your phone and steal your information.
But now Microsoft has come up with a new technology that makes it harder for thieves to access your phone’s information. It’s called Cortana, and it uses voice recognition to unlock your device. Here’s how it works:
Cortana only recognizes the voice of its owner. That means that if someone asks Cortana to unlock your device, Cortana will only let them in if they sound like you. In the past, a thief could have fooled Cortana by changing their voice so that it sounded like yours. But now with Cortana, there’s no way for them to do that because Cortana only recognizes the voice of its owner.
Cortana also has the ability to recognize faces and gestures, which makes it even more difficult for thieves to gain access to your phone’s information. For example, if someone walked up behind you and tried to gain access