Microsoft's own personal assistant, similar to the likes of Apple-based Siri, is ready to go with images of it popping up all over the Internet. The new Cortana, rumored for so long in the past to arrive with all future-based devices running on Windows Phone operating system, is indeed true.
As reports suggest, Microsoft is set to release the updated Windows Phone 8.1 platform later this year, and the update will arrive with the Cortana personal voice assistant. The Cortana, of course, will rival other popular voice assistant services such as Apple's Siri and the Google-based Google Now.
Recently, The Verge published some screenshots, showing how Cortana will look on Windows Phone and will replace the built-in Bing search feature. However, she will not have any real resemblance with the Cortana we know via the famous Halo video game series - also a Microsoft product.
Guessing by the new screenshots revealed for the same, a circular icon will be present in the phone (rather than the female figure of Cortana) that will animate when calculating or speaking to the Windows Phone owner.
Similar to Siri, Cortana, The Verge states, "will also allow Windows Phone users to set how they want to be addressed by the voice-activated assistant. Cortana can call users by their name or nicknames like 'Master Chief' after the function is enabled in the settings."
Apart fro that, a key part of Cortana will be its ability to save information and data in a Notebook system. The notebook will then allow the Cortana digital assistant "to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information. Cortana can also track flights or other mentions in emails, allowing it to generate notifications similar to Google Now."
Also, Cortana will be backed by data from services like Bing, Foursquare, and others to take it on level terms with Google Now. And as the feature is used more and more, Cortana will adapt and learn more about its user and will respond in a similar manner. As of now, more details on Cortana is expected to arrive before the Build 2014 event, where Windows Phone 8.1 is likely to be announced.