Microsoft's demo of Louise shows how Cortana could be integrated into Windows 8

When Microsoft showed off Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1, one of the first questions to be asked is when it would be coming to other platforms. For some time, we have been hearing that Cortana will be coming to Windows and now we know what it could look like, if it were to arrive on Windows 8.

Before Cortana, there was Louise, and thanks to a Microsoft research video, we can see how Cortana could have be integrated into the OS, if Microsoft were ever to do so. The video, even though it is old as we can see Microsoft referring to the modern UI as Metro, shows us what a Windows 8 with Cortana could look like.

The personal digital assistant is tucked away neatly in the top drawer and looks to be quite useful on a tablet. While we do not know if Microsoft has any intention of bringing Cortana to Windows 8, we do expect it to arrive at some point in the company's PC operating system.

The question remains, why did Microsoft not integrate this feature into Windows? Our guess is that, while in the video the feature looks accurate, the digital assistant was quite buggy and Microsoft wanted to work out all of kinks before it got into the hands of consumers.

Source: Microsoft Research | Via: h0x0d

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Yawn. Boring.
This is old stuff that seems closely related with the "Louise" demo.

What is more troubling is the fact that Microsoft did not seem to have planned the Cortana deployment for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 at the same time.

I hope its a matter of months and that it will be part of Threshold in early 2015.

TheCyberKnight said,
Yawn. Boring.
This is old stuff that seems closely related with the "Louise" demo.

What is more troubling is the fact that Microsoft did not seem to have planned the Cortana deployment for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 at the same time.

I hope its a matter of months and that it will be part of Threshold in early 2015.

They should hire you so that they can have someone that know what to do, when to do it and the best way to implement it. They can put you in a room mirrored room in the basement (mirrors so that you can always look at yourself) and call you "The One Who Knows". So whenever they get stuck trying to figure something out, low ranking guy in the meetings can say, "I have an idea, The One Who Knows." Then the rest of the people in the meeting would applaud him. /s

You have the right to have no opinion and just spend your time whining about other's people comments.

The fact is this demo is absolutely boring when compared to today's standard and also to what Cortana can now achieve.

For my comment about the integration in Windows, time will also prove you're just whining again. Integrating such technology in a platform for which it was not designed takes time. To their credit, Microsoft likely nailed Windows 8.1 before Cortana could be integrated in this development branch. Their next shipping window being "Threshold", chances are what I said will indeed be what happens.

Now, take the mirror and guess who's the id10t.

That's pretty much how it works now on WP8. I've literally asked Cortana to find "A BBQ restaurant nearby" and it pulled up 10 BBQ restaurants within a few miles.

Considering Win 8 PC are usually more powerful than WP8 phone I don;t see any reason why the good experience of Cortana on the phone can;t translate to PC's or the Xbox One.

Cortana is significantly better t recognizing what I say on my Lumia 1520 than the voice recognition on my Xbox One. I can't wait for it to be released throughout the entire Windows ecosystem.

Yep Cortana is so much better and doing things based on natural tones and natural speaking language instead of strict voice commands that the Xbox One uses. I love my Xbox One and love using voice commands but I can;t wait to use more normal language commands with my Xbox One.

You would have to be pretty surprised if they didn't integrate Cortana and for tablet users the swype like keyboard into windows at some point.

Personally I'd put it as a charm rather than in the top tray for an app. That way, it would work across both Metro and the Desktop, provided the API was sufficiently designed for both environments.

knowing microsoft products, i'll expect that this won't work with anything other than what was demonstrated in this video

68k said,
That's where developers (developer, developers...) come in.

nope , the problem is planning, execution at microsoft not developers nor research

I've said this already, but Microsoft Research comes up with some of the most interesting things. I love a lot of its ideas and creations.

I really dont know why that dont release most of their stuff (seens something like a house run by AI on here sometime ago ? ) , But I guess its a "Anti-Trust" issue