Hands On with Cortana for Android

Hands On with Cortana for Android

When I heard that Cortana leaked, I wasn’t very impressed by it. Microsoft leaks all kinds of stuff all the time. Personally, I think it’s a shady way of marketing and I try to refuse to give it much attention. But then I installed it. It’s pretty good. Generally, it’s the same as it is on Windows 10 Mobile. The big news here is that it’s on Android. This is a hands on, not a…

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Microsoft Introduced Cortana Analytics Suite at WPC 2015

Microsoft Introduced Cortana Analytics Suite at WPC 2015

Today at WPC 2015, Microsoft announced Cortana Analytics Suite. I know what you’re thinking, “More cool Cortana stuff!” No, this is an enterprise suite, which is interesting in its own way because it’s the first Cortana labelled brand that’s directed at enterprises specifically. Remember, Cortana is just a front end for Bing.

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Why Cortana on iOS and Android is a Good Thing

Why Cortana on iOS and Android is a Good Thing

By Rich W Woods We have been hearing rumors that Cortana would be coming to iOS and Android for roughly one hundred years. A couple days ago, they made it official. Windows and Windows Phone fans are mad. Hell, they were mad about the rumors, let alone the actual news. The concern is that they are running out of reasons to give people that Windows Phone has features that other platforms do not. Get over…

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Cortana on iOS and Android: It’s Official

Cortana on iOS and Android: It’s Official

By Rich W Woods This is something you’re either really happy about or something you’re really upset about. Over the last couple months, I have expanded my horizons. I went to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, invited by Microsoft, and I realized how many Nokia fans their still were and how strong of a brand Nokia is outside of the United States. I also realized how bitter Nokia fans are with Microsoft. There’s also the…

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Need a Valentine? Cortana has your Back. Siri Doesn’t.

Need a Valentine? Cortana has your Back. Siri Doesn’t.

By Rich W Woods There’s just four hours left of Valentine’s Day, well, assuming that you live where I live, and you probably don’t. So, yea. There’s more than four hours left to Valentine’s Day, or more. Who knows? Anyway, you might be sitting home in your living room, alone, sifting brandy around in a glass, thinking of all of the great times that have been and never were, wishing for that one person that…

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Cortana, Siri, and Alexa Play Trivia Crack!

Cortana, Siri, and Alexa Play Trivia Crack!

By Rich W Woods We all know what Cortana and Siri are. They are voice assistants that are integrated into another platform, being Windows Phone and iOS, respectively. Alexa is a voice assistant that is not tied to a particular platform, at least not in the way that Cortana and Siri are. Alexa is the Amazon Echo, a device who’s sole purpose is to answer questions. Sure, it does other stuff. You can ask it…

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Evidence of Cortana Found in Windows 10

Evidence of Cortana Found in Windows 10

By Rich W Woods On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Microsoft showed off the next version of Windows which would be called Windows 2015. Wait, it was Windows 9. Wait, it was Windows One. After playing with us, they explained that they skipped Windows 9 and went straight to Windows 10. They explained just about all of the features that had been leaked. Users can create multiple desktops, the start menu had returned, and modern apps…

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Zello is coming to Windows Phone, and it’s a Big Deal

By Rich Woods Remember the 90s and the early 2000s? Remember Nextels? Remember thinking it was the greatest thing in the world? Remember realizing how annoying that beeping sound was? Remember how terrible Nextel’s service was? Well, fear not. You can relive those days with Zello. It is an iOS and Android app that provides that exact same service. It’s not bad either. You hold your finger on a touchscreen and are directly connected to…

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The Real Problem with the Windows Phone App Gap and how it can be Fixed

By Rich Woods Everyone knows that there is a major problem with the “app gap” between Windows Phone and the other two major mobile operating systems, iOS and Android. iOS has a total of 1.1 million apps in their AppStore, Android has 1.2 million apps in the Google Play Store, and Windows Phone only has 200,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store.

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Siri and Cortana are Sisters

By Rich Woods Microsoft just beefed up the voice assistant for Windows Phone with the latest update to the operating system, Windows Phone 8.1. It always had a voice assistant that was powered by TellMe, but now it has a more personable, intelligent voice assistant that also serves up notifications called Cortana. Cortana has the intelligence of Apple’s Siri and the notifications of Google’s Google Now. It’s the best of both worlds.

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