First screens of Windows Phone 8.1's Cortana digital assistant leaked

Microsoft's expected unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1 at its Build 2014 conference is just a month away, but leaks have revealed screenshots of perhaps the biggest feature planned for announcement: the Cortana digital assistant.

The Verge's Tom Warren obtained screenshots of Cortana's interface, which show a circular icon that will animate to indicate it's retrieving information or responding to a question. It's still not known what the digital assistant's voice will sound like, though a recent rumor indicated Jen Taylor, voice of the Cortana character in the Halo franchise who the feature is named after, will fill that role.

Users will be able to either type or say questions to receive answers, which will be powered by a number of services, such as Bing and Foursquare. A recent leak indicated 15 languages will be supported by the digital assistant at launch, with languages in the platform's major territories supported. Similar to Google Now, Cortana will remember information such as behaviors and locations a user has visited; that information will be stored in a "notebook" for editing.

Source: The Verge | Image via The Verge

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They will later on, on what I was reading before , is that it will come to WP and then PC and XBOX later on

so hold on to your undies and wait

Agreed, I don't know how I feel about talking to a blue ring, it seems clinical and sterile (HAL 9000?). I was hoping for something more personal and futuristic, like the animated character model with lip synching.

RabbitPunchies said,
I don't know how I feel about talking to a blue ring, it seems clinical and sterile (HAL 9000?).

"Tell me the current temperature"

"I'm afraid I can't do that Dave"

RabbitPunchies said,
Agreed, I don't know how I feel about talking to a blue ring, it seems clinical and sterile (HAL 9000?). I was hoping for something more personal and futuristic, like the animated character model with lip synching.

Indeed. Sadly this is just a catch up, late to the party, 'me too' service.

YES!!! my next phone was already going to be a windows phone, this just makes it all the sweeter. i want the name to stay and the voice to be that of cortanan's, an optional image of her would be great too!! on a side note,... will "cortana" be available on the xbox one???? please!!!!

londan said,
Where is Fortaleza?
No one is talking about it.... possibly most exciting technology coming this year

Since the 4G version of Fortaleza is supposed to come out in 2015 (according to that leaked slide deck), I suppose the WiFi version is scheduled for late 2014.

Hmm.. looks kinda fake. If you look at the text and the edges of the gui controls, you can see it was probably created in a 90 degree angle and then rotated to the left. I can tell because the letters are are bit misaligned or "bouncy" if you will. Looks cool though. Hope it beats the crap out of the competitors.

people should admit even "cortana" phrase ,odd it looks for people haven't played Halo, is better than "OK GOOGLE" phrase. though Microsoft will likely activate it by phrase "TellMe" which is even better. I wish Microsoft leave choice for consumers to choose between TellMe and Cortana

trojan_market said,
....

Anything has to be better than the console implementation.

I feel like a shill when I am on my console and have to rattle off three MS brands just to execute a search.

j2006 said,
FYI - you can CHOOSE what name you want to give her. So name her TellMe if you want.

Can it do a male voice and I name it Ballmer?

Apple announces siri.
MSFT: we could do that any time, but its a pony trick, we don't want to release a gimmick.

Google anounces google now.
MSFT: we could do that any time, but its a pony trick, we don't want to release a gimmick.

2014. MSFT announces preview of the gimmick pony trick they bashed but did anyway...only late. Why not then just release the stupid gimmick if it was just going to be a clone of the other two irrelevant assistants? it's not as if any of these things are actually useful. They are just glorified clippies tied to a creepy tracking bot at google/apple.

neonspark said,
Apple announces siri.
MSFT: we could do that any time, but its a pony trick, we don't want to release a gimmick.

Google anounces google now.
MSFT: we could do that any time, but its a pony trick, we don't want to release a gimmick.

2014. MSFT announces preview of the gimmick pony trick they bashed but did anyway...only late. Why not then just release the stupid gimmick if it was just going to be a clone of the other two irrelevant assistants? it's not as if any of these things are actually useful. They are just glorified clippies tied to a creepy tracking bot at google/apple.


Microsoft supported voice commands and voice search since day 1. This is the non-gimmick.

Nevertheless, you answered yourself…

MS announces Clippy.
Apple: we could do that any time, but it is a pony trick, we do not want to release a gimmick.

MS announces Clippie.
Google: we could do that any time, but it is a pony trick, we do not want to release a gimmick.

1997. MSFT announces preview of the gimmick pony trick they bashed but did anyway... very EARLY. Why Siri and Google Now just release the stupid gimmick if it was just going to be a clone of 10-year-old irrelevant assistant? It is not as if any of these things are actually useful. They are just glorified Bobs tied to a creepy tracking bot at google/apple.

If it's like "Siri" or "Google Voice Search" I'll tell you right now... it will be cool for about 30 minutes, and you'll never use it again

myxomatosis said,
If it's like "Siri" or "Google Voice Search" I'll tell you right now... it will be cool for about 30 minutes, and you'll never use it again

Not true (entirely). I use google voice search on my phone all the time.

myxomatosis said,
If it's like "Siri" or "Google Voice Search" I'll tell you right now... it will be cool for about 30 minutes, and you'll never use it again

So true!

It's only useful if you're driving or something like that.

myxomatosis said,
If it's like "Siri" or "Google Voice Search" I'll tell you right now... it will be cool for about 30 minutes, and you'll never use it again

If it works as described (remembers information from e-mails, text messages, calendar appointments, etc. then offers it to you at relevant times (based on time or location)) I'm going to use it constantly. It's not just voice control, it's a personal assistant. I hope it works.

myxomatosis said,
If it's like "Siri" or "Google Voice Search" I'll tell you right now... it will be cool for about 30 minutes, and you'll never use it again

It's not just that, as has been stated before, Cortana is a mix of both Siri AND Google Now. It's not just voice search, it'll pull in and do the stuff Google Now does and ask you. Like if you get a email with flight info she'll ask if you want her to track it or give you a notification and so on, much like how Google Now works.

So really it's the best of both into one.

myxomatosis said,
If it's like "Siri" or "Google Voice Search" I'll tell you right now... it will be cool for about 30 minutes, and you'll never use it again

I frequently use Siri with my earbuds in to call someone or to ask for the time. I'm always a little annoyed by these types of posts: Telling people something is useless purely based on you yourself don't need it.

.Neo said,

I frequently use Siri with my earbuds in to call someone or to ask for the time. I'm always a little annoyed by these types of posts: Telling people something is useless purely based on you yourself don't need it.

Exactly. It's nice to have this kind of feature available.

MikadoWu said,
This will be nice, HOWEVER.......... They need an image of Cortana. No Stupid animated circle will feel right.

Not everyone knows how "Cortana" looks from Halo and we still don't know if they'll keep that name though a number of people want it to. I think they might keep it and then let you set the name to whatever you want. As we see above you can set the name she'll use for you so why not have it both ways?

Agreed, otherwise what's the point of even calling it Cortana?

I'm sure someone could simplify and stylize her face more so it fitted in with the 'Metro' look more.

Just her face, simply animated, within that Circle would be fine (as an option).

Walrush said,
Agreed, otherwise what's the point of even calling it Cortana?

I'm sure someone could simplify and stylize her face more so it fitted in with the 'Metro' look more.

Just her face, simply animated, within that Circle would be fine (as an option).

I believe there was an article a couple of weeks ago that stated that you will have the option to rename the feature.

Thanks Walrush, at least someone gets it. The whole point of using Cortana, is to take advantage of a successful MS IP.

I do not see you pulling the Halo Geeks away from their Androids, by using s CIRCLE. So you go back to, WTF name it Cortana.

That said, I agree with Zhangm, they could give you the ability to turn her off.

Lord Method Man said,
Why? We need less skeuomorphic crap in our devices, not more.

Which skeuomorphic feature are you referring to? There are so many to choose from.

MikadoWu said,
This will be nice, HOWEVER.......... They need an image of Cortana. No Stupid animated circle will feel right.

No... we need a hologram Cortana coming out the phone.

Niekess said,

No... we need a hologram Cortana coming out the phone.

You want people who can turn women on in their phone, to be an even more vivid, 3D experience? Just so long as they add a child filter.

They are. On WPCentral the leaked screenshots show Cortana... and if you don't like Cortana, you can name her whatever you want. And you can tell it what name you want it to call you (like 'chief' lol).

georgevella said,
It's a funny comment

Oh, I see. Where I come from making an unrelated reference to a single word (out of context) is not considered as being "funny".

agtsmith said,

Oh, I see. Where I come from making an unrelated reference to a single word (out of context) is not considered as being "funny".

Ok then go back there and leave us alone

Dot Matrix said,
I really hope they keep the Cortana name.

Me too!

"Windows Phone Voice Support and Assistance 8.1 Professional" just doesn't roll off the tongue as easily...

agtsmith said,

Was that "funny" as well? Pray tell.

It was hilarious! Don't you have babies to steal candy from? Why are you still here?

PmRd said,

It was hilarious! Don't you have babies to steal candy from? Why are you still here?

Why shouldn't I be? Oh, I see. Am I the first one to disregard your mighty order to go away? Awwww.

ZOMG, I can't wait for this. April (or whatever month it finds its way onto my Lumia 925) cannot come soon enough