Discover the ways Cortana can help you
Meet the digital assistant that’s here to help you – she can even recognise the sound of your voice
Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant takes its name from a character in the Halo series of videogames. That incarnation of Cortana – an AI who is outwardly female (having been created from the brain patterns of a female scientist) and never seems to have been provided with quite enough clothes – can hack alien computer encryption and fly captured spaceships. The Windows 10 version is perhaps a little less powerful, but comes in useful all the same. She can search using natural language terms, and by using voice activation just like Siri does on your iPhone. And if the idea of voice controlling your PC alarms you, or perhaps your computer isn’t equipped with a mic, then you can still interact with Cortana through the keyboard, typing your queries for Cortana to answer.