Microsoft continues its Cortana push with another update

Microsoft promised to update Cortana twice a month and so far, they have been sticking to that statement. This time around, Cortana can now access Bing's prediction feature, including its capabilities of predicting who will win World Cup games. Like other aspects of Cortana, Microsoft has added in a bit of a personal touch too, so that the it doesn't simply feel like Cortana is only spitting out data.

Marcus Ash announced the update on Twitter and said that the feature should be available now for all users. While we knew these types of updates would be coming down the pipe, it's always reassuring to see that Microsoft is capable of rapidly updating its digital assistant, no matter how small, at a consistent pace.

It goes without saying that Microsoft is deeply committed to Windows Phone and is wanting Cortana to become a cornerstone of the mobile platform and likely the entire Microsoft ecosystem in the near future. By pushing out updates at a regular and frequent cadence, it won't take much time at all for the platform to quickly mature and become the top player in the virtual assistance fight against Google Now and Siri.

Based on our initial tests with Cortana, the platform is already off to a great start for a feature that's fresh out of the gate. At this time, it's good enough to compete head-to-head with Siri and Google Now but with Microsoft's significant push towards alternative input methods for Windows devices (touch and voice) Cortana's future looks bright and will be well supported by the folks in Redmond.

Are there any features that Cortana does not currently have that you hope to see in the future? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Source: Marcus Ash

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Yeah. For her to be able to work without turning the screen on so we can use the darn things hands free as we walk with out devices in our pockets. Totally defeats the purpose if you have to look at your phone for something that's suppose to be controlled by voice.

Son_Of_Dad said,
Can she provide answers with your name? Given it's part of the setup but (from memory) only used in quiet hours

If you set your name to X, then you ask her what your name is, she will answer "You are X".

Sir Topham Hatt said,
Can any of our American friends ask Cortana when she will be available in the UK?

I'm sure I remember it being posted on this site to be 'soon' and that was more than soon ago now I think...

Given that Cortana is only available in the US at the moment, the correct answer to "who will win the Belgium-US game?" is obviously "USA! USA! USA!".

And you know what would be more universally appreciated in the US than having World Cup scores? College sports. You can currently add professional teams and World Cup teams to Cortana's notebook, but you can't add college teams.

Enron said,
Because that's a dumb question if the answer is already on the screen.

Actually, when you use things like "OK Google" or "Hey Siri" to activate the device without looking at it, it can be very useful.
Of course, that's hoping Microsoft adds some similar ability to Cortana.

lkernan said,

Actually, when you use things like "OK Google" or "Hey Siri" to activate the device without looking at it, it can be very useful.
Of course, that's hoping Microsoft adds some similar ability to Cortana.

They are working on it. Is it really "Hey Siri"? I hope Microsoft uses "Yo Cortana"

I havent believed for a nanosecond, what those jerks at MS lied. It seems in this decade none of the deadlines promised by any of the vendors in the industry will be ever met. Now that may be because they are all too greedy, and announce unrealistic deadlines. Or, their super-duper APIs and SDKs and MSDN documentations all dont worth a sh*t and developing to any of the mobile platforms is a lethal pain compared to developing for desktop systems.

soder said,
I havent believed for a nanosecond, what those jerks at MS lied. It seems in this decade none of the deadlines promised by any of the vendors in the industry will be ever met. Now that may be because they are all too greedy, and announce unrealistic deadlines. Or, their super-duper APIs and SDKs and MSDN documentations all dont worth a sh*t and developing to any of the mobile platforms is a lethal pain compared to developing for desktop systems.

You sound bitter.

Son_Of_Dad said,
And hopefully the rest of the English speaking world before 2015
Hey English isn't the only language in the world