New animations and features spotted in Cortana

Some users of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer program have started noticing new animations and features in Cortana over the past few days.

Microsoft announced the beta version of the Cortana personal assistant at the launch of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview program and will soon be launching it outside of the US. It has been well received even in its pre-release stage by users. Now, Microsoft has been caught improving Cortana further with new animations, features and optimizations using backend updates that have started appearing on certain users' devices.

According to WPCentral's report, the key changes noticed by users are:

  • New animation on tapping the Cortana live tile which makes the personal assistant's blue ring logo turn into a bouncy ball.
  • New icons for the default live tile, weather and traffic to work.
  • New interests + notifications in Cortana's notebook.
  • New quiz option at the bottom of today view to provide more information about personal interests/habits.
  • Feedback option in the today view.

Additionally, the report mentions new recordings from Jen Taylor with better voice responses as well. As these improvements are not yet available for every user, it is assumed that Microsoft is still tuning them up and planning for a wider rollout soon.

Source: WPCentral | Image via Microsoft UK

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This morning I was scheduling a reminder and the scramble text that normally shows during speech recognition has what appear to be html markup tags instead. I don't it'll last long though. It's pretty visible.

the better twin said,
Perhaps this explains the issues I've been having just lately. Can't click on any search results and the Cortana app has become really laggy.

I have noticed occasional lag issues, as well. I don't know if it's Cortana-related, but it brings up something I would love to have besides an effective file manager. I want a Task Manager of some kind. When my phone or Internet slows, I want to know what program is hogging the resources. Is it because my email is choking on 99+ spam emails? Or is it my game running in the background? etc.

the better twin said,
Perhaps this explains the issues I've been having just lately. Can't click on any search results and the Cortana app has become really laggy.

My only issue has been it's insistence that I have full service to work. I would expect it to be slower, but it regularly tells me I don't have service, when I have sometimes 3 bars...

Jared- said,
I hope she can cook me dinner.

Oh that's coming. By some of the hack I've seen so far it's only a matter of time.

I said when asked... I know you can make her read tet messages when on bluetooth, or always. But if you have no bluetooth and are in car, it would be good if you can ask her to read it, if you are alone in the vehicle...

ians18 said,
Waiting for Cortana to speak times and set a stopwatch. Plus the ability to give yourself a nickname.

Go to settings - Change my name - remove name and place nickname
The only way