04-11-2014 04:55 PM
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  1. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    How do you know that? You haven't tested Cortana, it may be better than Now, it may be not.. Plus, it's still in beta..
    The fact that it is still in beta vs GNow and Siri being nearly matured gives them far greater window to copy (innovate) same features and more based on their mature service. You don't need to use Cortana to do the maths.
    04-05-2014 12:07 PM
  2. Reflexx's Avatar
    The fact that it is still in beta vs GNow and Siri being nearly matured gives them far greater window to copy (innovate) same features and more based on their mature service. You don't need to use Cortana to do the maths.
    MS has been working on the iinfrastructure to support Cortana for a while. MS Research is huge.

    Will certain expected features that are present in other services be included? Probably. But that's only because those features will be expected as a baseline.

    But to think that MS can't include original and innovative capability is pretty much just being a hater.
    04-05-2014 12:21 PM
  3. Fade_z's Avatar
    Cortana doesnt seem to have much of a problem recognising accents spoken in English, in one of the demos one guy had a heavy .. I think mexican? accent and it understood him perfectly fine. I guess it's about the fine tuning for other languages and local information that will take time..
    One thing i found frustrating about siri when it launched was the fact that it didn't understand you like 40% of the time if you had an accent
    04-05-2014 12:24 PM
  4. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    MS has been working on the iinfrastructure to support Cortana for a while. MS Research is huge.

    Will certain expected features that are present in other services be included? Probably. But that's only because those features will be expected as a baseline.

    But to think that MS can't include original and innovative capability is pretty much just being a hater.
    I say everything you said is true. Did Google Now and Siri have a 3 month beta and 10 months long region locked phases too? If it is indeed a years long infrastructure set up phase, why still end up with a beta? Surely a corporation with such large number of resources like you suggest can do better timed releases of features such as "Siri-like" Cortana or Microsoft's Siri (that's what media has called it).
    04-05-2014 12:27 PM
  5. SpaceyO's Avatar
    right now on win phone 8 you get nothing except a bing search .......cant scroll right or left no music identificatons ..........and no interactive BING images those square boxes of info about the picture also missing .....just a vanilla search page that is all...very limited....... can expect the same on win 8.1 with a circling cortana .......not sure
    This is patently false*.

    I press the search button on my 822 I get right to the regular Bing start page, complete with the square boxes of info...at the bottom of this page are 3 buttons...one for local search, one for music identification, and one for the bing lens.

    If I swipe to the left I get local deals, to the right I get local events

    ETA: *in the USA.
    Last edited by SpaceyO; 04-05-2014 at 04:09 PM. Reason: Misunderstood Bing's regional differences.
    04-05-2014 01:21 PM
  6. iXesh's Avatar
    I don't think windows phone want to grab a high reputation...
    First of all features should be given at time of software rolling...
    And other thing, they are not doing much better for India..
    When Lumia Phone launch first time all people have a craze of Lumia and windows phone, but now its all down, only cheapest Lumia phone are running well...
    And still India doesn't got Bing smart search with nearby features...
    And now we have to wait for cortana till 2015 crap...
    Now I can only wish to have 8.1 update till end of may...
    For my lumia 520
    That's why Android is well popular every where...
    And iOS at mountain top...
    Wish my comment shouldn't be deleted by admin again...
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    04-05-2014 01:38 PM
  7. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    This is patently false.

    I press the search button on my 822 I get right to the regular Bing start page, complete with the square boxes of info...at the bottom of this page are 3 buttons...one for local search, one for music identification, and one for the bing lens.

    If I swipe to the left I get local deals, to the right I get local events
    Since when is USA, a part of India?

    I don't think windows phone want to grab a high reputation...
    First of all features should be given at time of software rolling...
    And other thing, they are not doing much better for India..
    When Lumia Phone launch first time all people have a craze of Lumia and windows phone, but now its all down, only cheapest Lumia phone are running well...
    And still India doesn't got Bing smart search with nearby features...
    And now we have to wait for cortana till 2015 crap...
    Now I can only wish to have 8.1 update till end of may...
    For my lumia 520
    That's why Android is well popular every where...
    And iOS at mountain top...
    Wish my comment shouldn't be deleted by admin again...
    The tone of your posts say nothing but intentional trolling. No wonder it was deleted (if you say so!)
    You are running the cheapest handset available on the platform and still have so many complaints? What Android phone in the same range, in India.. forget India, in the world has given you a major OS update BEFORE it reaches other high-end handsets?
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    04-05-2014 03:38 PM
  8. SpaceyO's Avatar
    Since when is USA, a part of India?
    My mistake....I thought that Bing was the same throughout, and the differences in Cortana were something new.

    Apologies to abhishake620.
    rockstarzzz likes this.
    04-05-2014 04:07 PM
  9. neo158's Avatar
    In the UK the only thing that seems to be missing is Bing Rewards so it's not that big of a deal. I can wait for Cortana as I don't want it to be a half baked beta like Google Now and Siri were when they were launched in other countries.
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    04-05-2014 04:49 PM
  10. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    In the UK the only thing that seems to be missing is Bing Rewards so it's not that big of a deal. I can wait for Cortana as I don't want it to be a half baked beta like Google Now and Siri were when they were launched in other countries.
    Most likely UK update will be after launch of new handsets other places so in June and latest July, we should see it. But it is said "first half of 2014" so I don't think UK has to wait more than 2 months, max!
    04-05-2014 05:16 PM
  11. Zeem Frostmaw's Avatar
    My mistake....I thought that Bing was the same throughout, and the differences in Cortana were something new.
    Haha, nope. Bing is a relatively basic service outside of the US which Microsoft will have to significantly buff up if they expect Cortana to be a selling point internationally.
    04-05-2014 05:17 PM
  12. Fade_z's Avatar
    Haha, nope. Bing is a relatively basic service outside of the US which Microsoft will have to significantly buff up if they expect Cortana to be a selling point internationally.
    out of curiosity, what extra featured do you Americans get? I don't really use Bing that often anymore but maybe the prospect of the US version once landing in Europe will bring some insight.
    04-05-2014 06:35 PM
  13. neo158's Avatar
    Most likely UK update will be after launch of new handsets other places so in June and latest July, we should see it. But it is said "first half of 2014" so I don't think UK has to wait more than 2 months, max!
    That's what I'm thinking, it would make sense to have Cortana after the new handsets as well, especially as it's one of WP8.1 major features.
    04-05-2014 06:45 PM
  14. jojoe42's Avatar
    I think also from what I've read Cortana will be "different" - when they said it was a true assistant they weren't lying. For example I think in one video someone asked Cortana to remind them to pick up the groceries or something and it had recognised (in the live text output box) pick up the flowery, yet it picked out from context he meant groceries instead. Also, I read somewhere that they've coded Cortana to change the pitch of her speaking voice on particular words like humans do to match six different "emotions" - which is pretty impressive. I think they're really aiming to nail it first. And yes, Google Now and Siri had 10 month trial/beta periods (Google already had the voice recognition) but I think MS should try not to take equally as long given they have to play catch-up. That said, I wouldn't like a half-baked product like Siri was
    04-05-2014 07:07 PM
  15. TaichiSurface's Avatar
    Bing reward for one, is something that Canadians (American's neighbors) don't even have. That's something very useful, of course you could use VPN and stuff to get it but still..
    04-05-2014 10:48 PM
  16. abhishake620's Avatar
    Bing reward for one, is something that Canadians (American's neighbors) don't even have. That's something very useful, of course you could use VPN and stuff to get it but still..
    I managed to get it working (bing rewards) by changing search region to US and also setting my account to US ,phone to US ,desktop win 8 to US and now have around 60 credits will be handy in a months time when I can purchase my first app ......
    04-06-2014 06:20 AM
  17. SonOfDad's Avatar
    MS has been working on the iinfrastructure to support Cortana for a while.
    The infrastructure for Cortana is Bing so no they haven't been working on it for a while. As it has been said Bing lacks many features when you step out of the US into rest of the world (at term most people in the US aren't aware of) if they had Bing (the infrastructure) up to speed the delays wouldn't be necessary.
    04-06-2014 09:01 PM
  18. neo158's Avatar
    The infrastructure for Cortana is Bing so no they haven't been working on it for a while. As it has been said Bing lacks many features when you step out of the US into rest of the world (at term most people in the US aren't aware of) if they had Bing (the infrastructure) up to speed the delays wouldn't be necessary.
    That's another very good point, the infrastructure needs to be in place to allow Cortana to be fully functional outside the US.
    04-07-2014 04:42 AM
  19. Markham Ranja's Avatar
    How do you know that? You haven't tested Cortana, it may be better than Now, it may be not.. Plus, it's still in beta..
    Irrelevant. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, as they say. Google Now exists for me now (sic) and therefore is far better than waiting for some mythical 2015 release date (NINE months?!!).

    I wonder what they're smoking over in Redmond. In nine months, there will be a new iPhone, the L version of Android will be out bringing who knows what updates and we in India and other places will still be waiting for Cortana.
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    04-07-2014 06:29 AM
  20. Markham Ranja's Avatar
    I managed to get it working (bing rewards) by changing search region to US and also setting my account to US ,phone to US ,desktop win 8 to US and now have around 60 credits will be handy in a months time when I can purchase my first app ......
    Wow. All this for one app. Are you feeling very proud of yourself?
    04-07-2014 06:30 AM
  21. Fade_z's Avatar
    Wow. All this for one app. Are you feeling very proud of yourself?
    if you get this by just using Bing, then what's the problem?
    04-07-2014 09:19 AM
  22. prasath1234's Avatar
    Since when is USA, a part of India?



    The tone of your posts say nothing but intentional trolling. No wonder it was deleted (if you say so!)
    You are running the cheapest handset available on the platform and still have so many complaints? What Android phone in the same range, in India.. forget India, in the world has given you a major OS update BEFORE it reaches other high-end handsets?
    There is the great moto g which is great in functionality compared to lumia 520/525.yes it is only few thousands more than lumia it is only 14000 rs.but it has HD display nd corning gorilla glass nd kitkat.by introducing such a phone android has captured even more Indian market.Google now is available for all jb handsets with some limited functionality but Cortana will launch only in 2015 I believe but by that time Google would have come up with its own assistant.

    Sent from my C2305 using WPCentral Forums mobile app
    abhishake620 likes this.
    04-07-2014 09:41 AM
  23. rohith513's Avatar
    I don't think windows phone want to grab a high reputation...
    First of all features should be given at time of software rolling...
    And other thing, they are not doing much better for India..
    When Lumia Phone launch first time all people have a craze of Lumia and windows phone, but now its all down, only cheapest Lumia phone are running well...
    And still India doesn't got Bing smart search with nearby features...
    And now we have to wait for cortana till 2015 crap...
    Now I can only wish to have 8.1 update till end of may...
    For my lumia 520
    That's why Android is well popular every where...
    And iOS at mountain top...
    Wish my comment shouldn't be deleted by admin again...
    04-07-2014 10:17 AM
  24. rohith513's Avatar
    I don't think windows phone want to grab a high reputation...
    First of all features should be given at time of software rolling...
    And other thing, they are not doing much better for India..
    When Lumia Phone launch first time all people have a craze of Lumia and windows phone, but now its all down, only cheapest Lumia phone are running well...
    And still India doesn't got Bing smart search with nearby features...
    And now we have to wait for cortana till 2015 crap...
    Now I can only wish to have 8.1 update till end of may...
    For my lumia 520
    That's why Android is well popular every where...
    And iOS at mountain top...
    Wish my comment shouldn't be deleted by admin again...
    waiting till 2015 is just a crap and still there is no bing smart search and xbox music for India.
    04-07-2014 10:19 AM
  25. Kaushik Dash's Avatar
    I managed to get it working (bing rewards) by changing search region to US and also setting my account to US ,phone to US ,desktop win 8 to US and now have around 60 credits will be handy in a months time when I can purchase my first app ......
    we can use bing rewards to buy wp apps?
    04-07-2014 02:45 PM
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