1. TgeekB's Avatar
    I use it for updates on weather, sports scores, and tracking packages. How about you?
    03-04-2017 01:12 PM
  2. Mark F24's Avatar
    Hands free texting. I have made appointments in my calendar. I ask her what the local time is, if I remember correctly if I ask her only what time it is I just get a Bing search, but I have to ask her "what is the local time?" I think the hands free feature alone for use while driving makes her betterment more important. I have dirty hands working on Cadillacs & Chevy's so the hands free is important.

    I tried an IOS and Android, Cortana wins no contest. Maybe I didn't use them enough, I can't honestly say but I am convinced

    I see the suggestion about sports, I should tell here to notify me of news I'd be interested to hear.

    How do you get her the package tracking info?
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    03-04-2017 04:52 PM
  3. TgeekB's Avatar
    Hands free texting. I have made appointments in my calendar. I ask her what the local time is, if I remember correctly if I ask her only what time it is I just get a Bing search, but I have to ask her "what is the local time?" I think the hands free feature alone for use while driving makes her betterment more important. I have dirty hands working on Cadillacs & Chevy's so the hands free is important.

    I tried an IOS and Android, Cortana wins no contest. Maybe I didn't use them enough, I can't honestly say but I am convinced

    I see the suggestion about sports, I should tell here to notify me of news I'd be interested to hear.

    How do you get her the package tracking info?
    Nice!
    You can turn package tracking on within Cortana. I assume it recognizes through email, though I'm not positive. Same with trip tracking. I'm going to Atlanta Thursday and it knows from my flight reservations.

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
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    03-04-2017 05:22 PM
  4. Elky64's Avatar
    Hands free texting. I have made appointments in my calendar. I ask her what the local time is, if I remember correctly if I ask her only what time it is I just get a Bing search, but I have to ask her "what is the local time?" I think the hands free feature alone for use while driving makes her betterment more important. I have dirty hands working on Cadillacs & Chevy's so the hands free is important.

    I tried an IOS and Android, Cortana wins no contest. Maybe I didn't use them enough, I can't honestly say but I am convinced

    I see the suggestion about sports, I should tell here to notify me of news I'd be interested to hear.

    How do you get her the package tracking info?
    I live in Canada and Cortana literally sucks balls, seriously. It's slow, many times off the mark or displays web pages for me to venture into on my own accord. It's very hit-n-miss on many fronts siding more on the miss 85-90% of the time. Maybe MS hasn't quite gotten it there for us north of the boarder I dunno, it's been 2+ years so I'd hope not... Should have mentioned this is on a L950 w/latest production build.

    On the other hand "OK Google" on my GS7 is pretty stellar, worked right out-of-the-box and that was 11 months ago.
    Last edited by Elky64; 03-04-2017 at 06:10 PM.
    03-04-2017 05:49 PM
  5. TgeekB's Avatar
    I live in Canada and Cortana literally sucks balls, seriously. It's slow, many times off the mark or displays web pages for me to venture into on my own accord. It's very hit-n-miss on many fronts siding more on the miss 85-90% of the time. Maybe MS hasn't quite gotten it there for us north of the boarder I dunno, it's been 2+ years so I'd hope not... Should have mentioned this is on a L950 w/latest production build.

    On the other hand "OK Google" on my GS7 is pretty stellar, worked right out-of-the-box and that was 11 months ago.
    From what I hear, Cortana is country dependent. Doesn't work the same everywhere, but hopefully soon it will.

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
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    03-04-2017 06:48 PM
  6. Elky64's Avatar
    From what I hear, Cortana is country dependent. Doesn't work the same everywhere, but hopefully soon it will.

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
    Yeah was aware of that... First tried on roll-out in Jan 2015, thought by now it'd be better tailored to my country yet that's not been the case. Does work but like I said, very hit-n-miss that it is not worth the effort.
    03-04-2017 07:35 PM
  7. TgeekB's Avatar
    Yeah was aware of that... First tried on roll-out in Jan 2015, thought by now it'd be better tailored to my country yet that's not been the case. Does work but like I said, very hit-n-miss that it is not worth the effort.
    I think, if I remember correctly, OK Google was the same way when launched. Didn't work everywhere. Of course now it is much improved and works in more places than Cortana, for now.
    Gotta go with what works best for you.

    Sent from my Alcatel Idol 4S
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    03-04-2017 07:39 PM
  8. Elky64's Avatar
    I think, if I remember correctly, OK Google was the same way when launched. Didn't work everywhere. Of course now it is much improved and works in more places than Cortana, for now.
    Gotta go with what works best for you.

    Sent from my Alcatel Idol 4S
    Just find it disheartening at times that it's a "forced" decision rather than a "choice". You may disagree but if something just doesn't work and one is dependant on it then that person is forced to use something else, whether they like it or not.

    I use all three platforms so jumping ship per se is easy as swapping SIMs, just wish W10M wasn't always forcing my hand in some way.
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    03-04-2017 08:38 PM
  9. TgeekB's Avatar
    Just find it disheartening at times that it's a "forced" decision rather than a "choice". You may disagree but if something just doesn't work and one is dependant on it then that person is forced to use something else, whether they like it or not.

    I use all three platforms so jumping ship per se is easy as swapping SIMs, just wish W10M wasn't always forcing my hand in some way.
    Understand. At least you're able to use multiple platforms, thus being able to wait out better integration.

    Sent from my Alcatel Idol 4S
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    03-04-2017 08:41 PM
  10. Elky64's Avatar
    Understand. At least you're able to use multiple platforms, thus being able to wait out better integration.

    Sent from my Alcatel Idol 4S
    You'll be happy to know, or not LOL, I've started using the 950 as my daily driver a week ago to test the waters w/GS7 taking up the slack. Previously was 650/950 and can see myself switching back to the little brother (650) at some point, something about its form factor and design that "almost" has me accepting any shortcoming w/OS and hardware because it feels that good to use, physically.
    Last edited by Elky64; 03-04-2017 at 11:27 PM.
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    03-04-2017 09:08 PM
  11. libra89's Avatar
    Song identification mainly, and score reports.

    I like that I can open Cortana and she can tell me when the next game is, since baseball has games almost every day.
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    03-04-2017 10:50 PM
  12. TgeekB's Avatar
    You'll be happy to know, or not LOL, I've started using the 950 as my daily driver a week ago to test the waters w/GS7 taking up the slack. Previously was 650/950 and can see myself switching back to the little brother (650) at some point, something about its form factor and design that "almost" has me accepting any shortcoming w/OS and hardware because it feels that good to use, physically.
    It usually (for me at least) comes down to the overall experience. Different phones and different OS's have their good and bad points, but its about using something you feel comfortable with and gets you through your day. I can use Android, for instance, but it just doesn't feel right. W10 does and its on all my devices giving me a collaborative experience.
    Good luck with the 950!

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
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    03-05-2017 07:10 AM
  13. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    I live in Canada and Cortana literally sucks balls
    I'm having a hard time understanding how she could do that. I wondered why NOW wasn't condemning this but maybe NOW is in the US only.
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    03-05-2017 03:29 PM
  14. FXi2's Avatar
    Wow so much I can really only name a few:

    Weather
    Traffic - she knows the commute home and just calling her up gives me the traffic situation
    Package tracking
    Local news
    NFL schedules, predictions and results
    Every random question we come up with such as "what is the tallest building" "what is the tallest building" "how far is it to the moon" for examples

    Kids have fun with her on various devices asking "who's your mom" "who's your dad" "sing me a song" "tell me a joke"

    I have used her to set reminders, start a timer for something cooking, text various folks brief messages and of course find pricing on items I'm researching


    I love threads like this because they just give me more ideas.

    PS: I forgot I can ask Cortana for directions to anywhere like tell me how to get to the hotel, flights from one airport to another on a certain day, train schedules and menus at various restaurants.
    Last edited by FXi2; 03-05-2017 at 09:22 PM.
    03-05-2017 08:43 PM
  15. etphoto's Avatar
    Weather, set alarms, sports score, texting

    Sent from mTalk
    03-05-2017 08:52 PM
  16. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    Sing me songs, navigator, tell me jokes and weather. Create appointments, send texts. Searches.
    03-05-2017 11:19 PM
  17. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    I have to use Cortana for Quiet Hours. Due to being in Thailand, I cannot use Cortana for anything else.
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    03-07-2017 05:52 AM
  18. MysticForce's Avatar
    Beautiful and useful reminders.
    03-08-2017 03:54 AM
  19. Zeem Frostmaw's Avatar
    I used to use her to change the track I'm listening to, but now she refuses to unless you unlock the phone. Might as well just do it myself at that point.

    So her main use is for setting reminders and appointments, either through the desktop on my PC or on the go through my Bluetooth headphones.
    03-12-2017 05:39 AM

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