A Digital Assistant From The World Of Windows
Good News! Windows 10 users can now use Cortana even if they are not using a Microsoft account.
This will surely become a plus point especially amongst the lazy bees! For those who haven’t been introduced to Cortana yet, here’s a quick sneak peek.
Cortana is Microsoft’s smart digital assistant (you can call it your assistant too), following in the footsteps of Siri and Google Now, and with Windows 10, it’s reaching out from Windows phones on to desktops, laptops and tablets. You can turn Cortana on, change its settings from the Start menu and then use your voice or the search box on the taskbar to run Web queries, check the weather forecast, set reminders for yourself and more. Cortana is also able to collect information like your location, history, contacts, voice input, Bing queries, calendar data, conversation history from apps, messages and other information on your computer.
So now while you browse and come across something that you want to study more about, just highlight the word and right click to choose “Ask Cortana”; a window opens to the right with significant details. Cortana will also smartly exhibit results in the context of the article or page.
Another scenario where you find Cortana to be particularly helpful in Microsoft Edge is when you are browsing restaurant sites. You’ll find an alert in the address bar when Cortana has more particulars on the restaurant. Click on the alert and a right pane opens in the same Window with added details linked to the restaurant. For private restaurants, Cortana will show details like hours, directions, menu, reviews and even immediate entrée to reservation options. For chain restaurants, Cortana will catalogue other accessible locations with easy entrance to directions and contacts. For now, this option works only in the US.
Cortana updates are provided autonomously to those on the main Windows Phone OS, permitting Microsoft to offer new features at a quicker pace. However, you cannot have all the Cortana-related features updated in this method as some functions such as “Hey Cortana” requires the Windows Phone update service and the Qualcomm Snapdragon SensorCore Technology.
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by techtalks @TechTalks October 19, 2015 9:19 AM UTC