COR­TANA

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Pow­ered by Bing, Cor­tana is an in­tel­li­gent per­sonal as­sis­tant in the same vein of Ap­ple’s Siri and Google Now. But un­like Siri, there are APIs, so third-party app in­te­gra­tion is pos­si­ble. Cor­tana is ac­ti­vated by ei­ther a Live Tile on the Start screen, or by a press of the Search but­ton. You can speak to it, or in­put text to is­sue com­mands. Like a real hu­man as­sis­tant, it stores what it knows about you in a ‘note­book’, which you can eas­ily re­voke ac­cess to. When Cor­tana is launched (as a beta) in Win­dows Phone 8.1 this year, only a few re­gions will get it: the U.S., the U.K., and China. For us in Asia Pa­cific, we’ll have to wait till 2015 (or you could just change the re­gion set­ting).

The ef­fec­tive­ness of Cor­tana in­creases over time as it gath­ers more in­for­ma­tion about you.

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