Microsoft job posting mentions Cortana on Windows

Lots of people are excited about Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, but so far only a limited number of users have enjoyed her company and that’s only on Windows Phone. But now a job posting is hinting at Cortana’s future and her new home on Windows.

Ever since her launch keynote, Cortana has been getting a lot of attention and the question on everyone’s mind is when will she jump from Windows Phone to Xbox and Windows? According to today’s posting, Microsoft is working in that direction.

The company is looking to hire a software development engineer to build “the next generation of Cortana.” Working on the project will allow you to “redefine the personalization experience on Windows”. Of course many people suspected Microsoft would be looking to expand Cortana to all of its offerings, and now this post seems to confirm that.

Cortana herself was created with adaptability in mind, being able to follow the user from device to device. The first piece of this puzzle fell into place with Bing integration, with Cortana learning about you and suggesting pages when searching on Bing on your Windows desktop. But it’s obvious the goal is to expand Cortana and make it a central experience on Microsoft’s services and devices.

At one of the BUILD 2014 keynotes Terry Myerson himself said they would be looking at expanding Cortana outside of Windows Phone, but the company’s primary focus was that the experience should “make sense” on different devices.

Right now Cortana is still only available for those running Windows Phone 8.1 Preview and using US English, but the service is set to expand to new markets throughout the year all the while learning more and more about the world. Her expansion beyond Windows Phone was never a question of if, but rather of when.

Source: Microsoft via: LiveSide

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It is REALLY useful on WP 8.1, no joke just talking and asking cortana questions, direction etc in normal lanuage is freaking amazing.

I want this in win 8.1 and Xbox One

Just don't put it any car. I can see it clearly how it would go for a guy...

Guy: Cortana, unlock my car I'm late for work.
Cortana: No, not until you tell me who that skank was you dated last night.
Do you love her?

The advantage here is that if MS can get Cortana on Windows AND Xbox One plus WP and have it all sync like they do now with settings etc it will be a big feature. I like the idea of being able to set or do something on my phone and have it effect my Windows PC or vice versa, add in the XB1 to and it opens up things. Tell Cortana to start up the XB1 and download a new game for you for example. Or setup some task for her on the phone that happens on the PC and so on.

Would be awesome if I could speak into my phone to Cortana and tell it to do tasks on my PC.
Or talk to my PC (since it also has a microphone) to call X or text X without even touching my phone.

Shadowzz said,
Would be awesome if I could speak into my phone to Cortana and tell it to do tasks on my PC.
Or talk to my PC (since it also has a microphone) to call X or text X without even touching my phone.

This is definitely coming.

Shadowzz said,
Would be awesome if I could speak into my phone to Cortana and tell it to do tasks on my PC.
Or talk to my PC (since it also has a microphone) to call X or text X without even touching my phone.

Yeah, that's another good example, I think once you have it on more than just the phone then what it can do and help with opens up quite a lot.

The day I can talk to it embedded into my 3-box Ford saloon, pleading with it to start (or &**&* else!), my adult life will have come virtually full-circle.

I look forward to the day when I can ask my home computer what's on tv right now without having to turn on the tv, or pick up my phone, or go on my computer.

And have it give you the answer in order, from your most to least liked shows. Not to mention only including shows that are available in your entertainment package, shows that are on soon, etc. "There's a Big Bang Theory rerun on channel 11 now, but there's an original episode on tonight at 9 PM."

DNick said,
"There's a Big Bang Theory rerun on channel 11 now, but there's an original episode on tonight at 9 PM."

This made me shudder. People still watch shows based around TV network schedules? DVR that s**t.

Not in their current form, but if they move to the PC or some type of a control center for the home, it could be pretty awesome. I'm imagining something like the computer on the enterprise in Star-Trek where its just always on in the background0. Cortana already shows that it can turn on lights and make calls, the possibilities are limitless if its integrated into windows.

examples:
Cortana, turn on the tv and go to game of thrones.
Cortana, turn off the lights downstairs.
Cortana, read me a recipe for chicken soup.

I think it is. If you have a personal assistant that works and syncs across all of your devices.
There is something about Cortana that makes me use it daily on my WP8 than Apple's Siri on my iPad which a barely ever use.

tom street said,
Not in their current form, but if they move to the PC or some type of a control center for the home, it could be pretty awesome. I'm imagining something like the computer on the enterprise in Star-Trek where its just always on in the background0. Cortana already shows that it can turn on lights and make calls, the possibilities are limitless if its integrated into windows.

examples:
Cortana, turn on the tv and go to game of thrones.
Cortana, turn off the lights downstairs.
Cortana, read me a recipe for chicken soup.

computer.... Earl Grey.. Hot.. :-D