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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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.

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?

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.

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.

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!!!!

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.

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

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