View Poll Results: Are you looking forward to cortana ?

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  • Yes, I love it

    306 61.82%
  • No , useless feature

    10 2.02%
  • Gimmick for me

    21 4.24%
  • Will rarely use it

    20 4.04%
  • Will Use it to show-off

    14 2.83%
  • Room for improvement

    124 25.05%
04-12-2017 03:10 PM
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  1. Guytronic's Avatar
    At first I thought "gimmick" then somehow Cortana has snuck into my digital needs.
    I thought being retired there would be little use for this.
    Not true!
    Voicing reminders is helping me with staying on track for the simplest tasks.

    Cortana may just end up helping many folks aging or not stay focused.
    Another great reason to pocket a smart phone for people who insist on holding out.
    Talking trumps typing...
    04-21-2014 11:43 PM
  2. hack14u's Avatar
    1520 with 8.1 Preview, thought it would be more like Google Now, but not really even a contender. As time progresses though, I do think it will come of age. It's way too early to make a final analysis.
    mrdvos likes this.
    04-26-2014 10:48 PM
  3. mrdvos's Avatar
    Cortana voice capabilities are very inferior towards Speaktoit Assistant.
    jagudi likes this.
    04-29-2014 03:38 AM
  4. Richard Culverhouse's Avatar
    They need the true British stuff...
    She should reply with "old chap" and greet me with "what ho old boy!" lol
    04-29-2014 05:45 AM
  5. hemanlive's Avatar
    So far, I have had very basic interaction with any of the voice assistants on smartphones. The reason for this is that more than 90% of the time they were unable to decipher what I said . Even with simple tasks like "call Amit" they would get confused, call someone else, ask me to repeat or do just any other unrelated activity. So even with all the positive comments about Cortana, I would like to reserve my apprehensions till the time I actually interact with her.
    If what people are saying in the comments is indeed true, I would love to have an assistant like her. Particularly while driving if she can accept or reject calls, transfer those calls to my Bluetooth headset, read the messages only via Bluetooth and not on speaker ), send voice messages as I dictate them to her, open navigation apps and play (go to previous or next track) etc. I would love it. Given my experience this seems like an unrealistic wish list. Since the actual users are writing that she is capable of doing all this and more, I would love to have her ASAP. I am waiting for her to arrive in India.
    04-30-2014 12:47 AM
  6. artzznyzz's Avatar
    My two main problems with Cortana are:

    - Too intrusive - Pops up frequently with distracting junk screens which must be cleared before going on,
    and
    - Big power eater. (Especially unacceptable if any map app is in use while driving, when the net power use even without Cortana grossly exceeds input from the charger ===> As much as Net 20-30% discharge per hour.)

    (BTW NL 920 with DP 8.1 & Upgrade, reinstalled after factory resets, etc, etc.)

    Therefore, Cortana is always off during the day, but always on at night to filter calls with Quiet Hours to limit to family, etc.

    Microsoft should cure the continuing battery problem (and Cortana as part of the problem), as discussed elsewhere.
    05-22-2014 02:23 PM
  7. roni09riku's Avatar
    For a Beta program, Cortana is amazing. Hopefully she'll get better once she's complete.
    05-24-2014 02:58 AM
  8. jagudi's Avatar
    its nice but for now i only uset it for quiet hours
    I prefer Sam from speaktoit. she understand me and I can have a basic conversation
    Last edited by jagudi; 05-24-2014 at 04:18 AM.
    05-24-2014 03:59 AM
  9. InfiniteRefrain's Avatar
    I love Cortana; BUT I am tired of the constant connection issues when starting a search. She will go as far as populate search suggestions, but when initiating the actual search I get an error and zero search results. Hopefully, this will be fixed by release, but it's frustrating and have to use ........ (shudder) Google :D
    07-14-2014 07:45 PM
  10. rpac78's Avatar
    Although I like Cortana's implementation better than Siri (haven't tried Google Now), I voted room for improvement just cause she's in beta. Understanding that she's in beta, it's still puts me off a bit when the voice changes from the more fluid conversational speech from Jen Taylor to the robotic voice. Once more recordings are done, I'm sure the banter will be great.

    I have been using Cortana more to set reminders and appointments, more than I used ever used Siri.
    07-21-2014 09:27 AM
  11. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I voted "Room for Improvement" for what is that not true of?

    Still...

    Never used Siri. When Google Now came along I just couldn't get with it.

    ​Cortana is becoming more and more relied on in my daily habits.
    07-22-2014 01:02 PM
  12. akike's Avatar
    Especially the location based reminders need to improve. I've only been able to set reminder that triggers when I'm near my local mall, but they never trigger near work or home.
    08-19-2014 08:55 AM
  13. DavidinCT's Avatar
    I actually found a MAJOR dislike with Cortana..... Something that SHOULD be addressed.

    When driving I use Cortana to send and receive text messages, never have to touch the phone or look at it when texts come in but, in my hour commute to work, I do go through some spotty cell areas.

    I get a text coming in, I read it....then reply to it, then I get the message "the internet and I are not talking", then it's done. No retries or anything, so if I need to reply to that message, I need to pull the phone out and start a new text.

    Could Microsoft make Cortana ask if I would like to reply to the LAST text that I was working on when cell service comes back in ?

    This is a big problem and should be addressed if Cortana can do background tasks like she should be able to...

    I'm sure this does not happen to everyone but, I bet it happens to a lot of people a lot...
    Mach_E likes this.
    08-27-2014 01:05 PM
  14. p.vivekkumar's Avatar
    Why Cortana opens list of websites rather then giving answers. I asked few simple questions 1) who is the president of usa?
    2) who is the prime minister of India?
    3) who is the prime minster of England.
    4) what is the time in Chicago right now.
    5) what is the colour of sky.
    Every time Cortana opened list of websites searched by bing.
    09-03-2014 02:14 AM
  15. Gaurav Tyagi's Avatar
    Why Cortana opens list of websites rather then giving answers. I asked few simple questions 1) who is the president of usa?
    2) who is the prime minister of India?
    3) who is the prime minster of England.
    4) what is the time in Chicago right now.
    5) what is the colour of sky.
    Every time Cortana opened list of websites searched by bing.
    Because she is not your G.K. teacher. She is a program, it can only perform tasks which she is designed for.
    09-03-2014 02:23 AM
  16. prasath1234's Avatar
    Am not satisfied with Cortana if I run her in background with location services turn on she drains my battery in no time.lumia 820 already has worst battery life.plz at least MS make her to function light on battery.that is the only gripe iam having with her.
    09-03-2014 03:28 AM
  17. jaygeek's Avatar
    Yes, why isn't Cortana on my Microsoft Surface Pro 2 yet?
    09-10-2014 04:19 PM
  18. theefman's Avatar
    Its useful for keeping track of news headlines (which we should be able to customize), weather and sports but some functionality seems half finished.

    For instance, you cant add a European football team, just US teams yet the sports app can add a team from any league. Silly limitation. And even for US NFL teams you dont get scoring notifications (even though they are enabled) and just get the final score.

    Voice recognition of my non-US accent is hit and miss, mostly miss.
    Order of items keeps changing, somedays weather is listed first, other times you have to scroll to find it.

    Overall its mostly a gimmick for me, as I'm not interested in impersonations or jokes. Needs a ton more work.
    Zakaria Desai likes this.
    09-10-2014 04:31 PM
  19. DmitriNokia's Avatar
    I'm honestly very happy with it, it's usable and the recognition of speech is very good. I wonder where they will go from here.
    09-12-2014 03:30 PM
  20. pdt's Avatar
    I tried pretty much everything it does over the past couple of months. I was hopeful that Microsoft would keep adding useful functionality. They have indeed added functionality, but what they have added is pretty low on my priority list. All the chit chat is fun for a minute or two but gets old pretty quickly.

    When I touch the Cortana tile, more often than not the first thing I see is some headline from Fox News. What kind of personal assistant would keep his job if he keeps sending you crap after you repeatedly tell him to stop? You would think one of the first and easiest things they would add is an ability to customize news sources, which practically every news reader has.

    So overall I'm disappointed with this. My entire phone is my personal assistant, and a comprehensive voice interface would be welcome. So far this doesn't seem to be close.
    Captains and Zakaria Desai like this.
    10-24-2014 01:48 PM
  21. Nima Bokhar's Avatar
    10-24-2014 01:56 PM
  22. jfa1's Avatar
    Of course there's room for improvement but I really like the scope and breadth of the app as far as it is now.
    10-24-2014 02:00 PM
  23. jfa1's Avatar
    Of course there's room for improvement but I really like the scope and breadth of the app as far as it is now.
    10-24-2014 02:09 PM
  24. silvertonesx24's Avatar
    I would like it to add more usefulness to those of us who are appointment/event focused. I am always out at client locations, and would like for it to better work around that, instead what seems to just work for a 9-5 schedule. I wish MS in general would do a better job on the "location" of a calendar appointment: standardizing addresses, saving favorites and across devices, etc.

    For example: "traffic is bad and you're running late to your next appointment"
    The drive will take more than 30 min "play this playlist? launch 8 tracks?"

    I understand in a beta they're going to focus on the masses, but I wish they'd spend some more time integrating calendar appointments and reminders rather than adding stupid jokes or "personalities".
    10-27-2014 11:46 AM
  25. giorgos_gs's Avatar
    its nice but needs more languages
    11-03-2014 01:53 AM
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