“Following in the footsteps of Siri and Google Now, Microsoft looks to be on track to release its own personal digital assistant — dubbed Cortana — later this spring,” Shane Cole reports for AppleInsider.
“Cortana will bow in beta form on Nokia’s Lumia devices in April, according to a report from Microsoft watchers MSFTnerd,” Cole reports. “The Siri competitor will feature the voice of Jen Taylor, the same actress who played the eponymous artificial intelligence companion in Microsoft’s blockbuster Halo franchise.”
MacDailyNews Note: Which Microsoft bought after Steve Jobs gave it a sneak peek at Macworld.
“After jumping from Windows Phone to iOS in the fall of 2014,” Cole reports, “Cortana will makes its way to the company’s Xbox and Windows platforms next year.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As usual, great naming by Microsoft: Cortana sounds like a shoddy mid-1980s Chrysler coupe.
I could ask for everything beyond the shoddiness of this Cortana’s workmanship; the tastelessness of its interface.
I request nothing beyond the thinly coooooshuned plasticity of Windows Phone cases available even in brittle Corinthian pleather*.
Yet, it is in the bathroom where Cortana best answers my demands. (cue the swell of pseudo-Spanish musak)
I have much less with this very late Microsoft wannabe than Siri’s exemplary voice recognition in a most pleasant iPhone: I have no confidence, for which no price is required.
With Cortana, I do not have what I need.
*100% Geniune Naugahyde™
Alas, Ricardo Montalbán is no more. Following Microsoft’s penchant for poor imitations, quick, get Enrique Iglesias on the horn for the voiceover!
Maybe he can also tweet about his love for Cortana as dictated via his iPhone’s Siri.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]