Thousands want Microsoft to keep Cortana name for digital assistant

A few days ago, the Internet was buzzing with rumors that Microsoft was working on a digital assistant competitor to Siri and Google Now, using the codename "Cortana."  Now there's a new grass roots movement that wants the company to keep the "Cortana" name for the project.

"Cortana" is best known as the A.I. companion to Master Chief in Microsoft's hit Halo game series, which certainly makes it an appropriate working title for such an effort. However, software codenames are often changed upon release. 

The effort started out as a topic on the official Windows Phone support forums, and has generated over 20,000 votes over the past few days even though Microsoft has yet to officially confirm that it's working on the project.

The thread has also generated over 500 comments, most of which are supportive of Microsoft using the "Cortana" name in this context. Some of the more recent posts are like this one from "Quicksilverr" who wrote, "Cortana is the best possible name for an AI. She has guided us all on the Halo games and now she can guide us on our phones."

In addition, many of the comment posters want Jen Taylor, who has been the voice of Cortana since the first Halo game was released in 2001, to also voice for the digital assistant.

Thanks to SiLeNtDeAtH for the tip via our forums!

Source: Windows Phone support forum | Image via Microsoft

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Yes well all want them to keep the name, and get Jen Taylor to do the voice.

So that's exactly what Microsoft won't do.

I actually tend to think, since Microsoft DOES have the tendency to reappropriate and rebrand it's names lately, they might go with 'Mary' since it IS one of the narration names (with Microsoft Mike and Microsoft Sam) from their software and if they have it in their arsenal, why not use it? It would be a victory for me, since it was my mother's name... =p

~To which someone replied, "What About BOB?"

They might keep it as the first word, but it will still be the Cortana Personal Assistant Advanced Pro 2013 Home Edition Plus!

^ Never gets old... sadly not for Microsoft either

Agreed, three syllables just doesn't pronounce as good as two or one.
Past search engine with crappy long names:

=== Bad ===
Let's Al-ta-vis-ta it!
Let's Co-per-ni-cus it!
Let's Cor-ta-na it!

=== Good ===
Let's Goo-gle it!

It just doesn't sound right.

I love Halo. But unless Jen Taylor does the voice for the phone assistant, then Cortana is a stupid name. Even if she DOES do it, it's still a highly niche name that a lot of people won't even get the reference to. I think it's a bad idea either way.

I think MS would be missing a trick if their DPA wasn't aligned to their search brand, so 'Bing' would make the most sense from a business perspective. It's not particularly human though.

If she comes out the screen and gives the user a big wet sloppy kiss, I may consider buying into the MS ecosystem.

In reality, I think it will basically be a case of her saying 'Let me check the web for you'

Yes but the easter eggs could be fun(if its aware of your gender based on your MS account profile), Ha it could call a guy chief at random (usually just sir, ma'am)
or yea i guess if you haven't used your phone in awhile it could ask if you're lonely& offer up looking at your most frequent contacts or a kiss lol

coderchi said,

Care to give longer example? No you can't! quite trollish if you ask me.

Get a sense of humour, it was a joke, but if you want longer examples of Microsoft product names...

Microsoft® WinFX™ Software Development Kit for Microsoft® Pre-Release Windows Operating System Code-Named "Longhorn", Beta 1 Web Setup

Microsoft Windows Server Base Operating Systems Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005

kravex said,

Get a sense of humour, it was a joke, but if you want longer examples of Microsoft product names...

Microsoft® WinFX™ Software Development Kit for Microsoft® Pre-Release Windows Operating System Code-Named "Longhorn", Beta 1 Web Setup

Microsoft Windows Server Base Operating Systems Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005

LOL! Daammmnn.

Gave it my 3 votes (didn't know I had more than feature 30 votes stored until I saw this).
I'd love for this to happen!

but, will this new Cortana will have annoying 'suggestion pattern' as it was like Clippy or that yellow dog (whoever his name was) ?

Yeah sure, compare something from the 90's to something to 2012. In computer years it's quite a long time. So please stop with the silliness.

Doesn't have a very good ring to it. The general population wouldn't get the reference though. I certainly didn't. Though I get why some would want the name to be kept.

mmjm said,
Doesn't have a very good ring to it. The general population wouldn't get the reference though. I certainly didn't. Though I get why some would want the name to be kept.

That's fine for people who don't get the reference, I still like the ring to it. "Siri" managed to resonate with people.

Agreed, and I think it's a ugly name for a "digital assistant", as well as I think Siri is an ugly name for this kind of a feature. In this regard I'm old school, as I would love it to have a simple name like "Assistant" or "Concierge"

I like the exotic nature of the name Cortana. Just think of all the catchy names used recently: Java, Ubuntu, etc. Siri was a more confusing name and I didn't even know what Google Now was until I saw it referenced as a competitor to Siri last week.

Microsoft can choose to keep Tellme but they really have to incomperate it in the service. Example, "Tellme where the nearest pizza restaurant is?" and it responds accordingly with out any buttons being pushed.

Concierge, unfortunately is a member of The Awesome's and as such would probably entail another legal battle...I'm not entirely sure Microsoft would want to go toe-to-toe with a Superhero organization. =p

PoohGQ - I took to calling my Windows Phone voice feature "Tami" as a shorthand name for TellMe

CygnusOrion - Word is she just got out of beta... Sounds like she was in prison and just got out on bail, lol =p