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  1. Talderon's Avatar
    Important note: What's your favorite dish AND What is your favorite dish gives different reactions, being the latter a cortana interaction and the former a bing search. I think it's not supposed to be this way
    These little nuances are being worked on. :) No word on them though, at this time at least. :)
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    04-19-2014 03:00 PM
  2. WhyFiNYC's Avatar
    Am I the only one that couldn't give two ****s about "cheeky" responses that'll be old hat the instant that you find them? I feel like Apple really pushed the faux personality bit with Siri and, while it generates occasional easter egg attention, it seems that very few people actually use Siri for anything productive. I hope that expanding the productivity stuff is the emphasis and that the cute responses are the work of unpaid interns, because I would hate to see Cortana be relegated to a party trick like Siri.
    EssThree likes this.
    04-19-2014 05:02 PM
  3. Talderon's Avatar
    Am I the only one that couldn't give two ****s about "cheeky" responses that'll be old hat the instant that you find them? I feel like Apple really pushed the faux personality bit with Siri and, while it generates occasional easter egg attention, it seems that very few people actually use Siri for anything productive. I hope that expanding the productivity stuff is the emphasis and that the cute responses are the work of unpaid interns, because I would hate to see Cortana be relegated to a party trick like Siri.
    Cortana's Chit-Chat is part of the experience that we will be expanding, but the features that will make her more of a Personal Assistant will be growing at a greater rate. Chit-Chat was meant to be cheeky and fun and something that has been putting a pretty good light on Cortana. Even if that is all you use her for, she is being used. Those that are looking more for a personal assistant won't be disappointed with what we have in store.
    04-19-2014 05:49 PM
  4. WhyFiNYC's Avatar
    Related note: Contacts/nicknames seem to work just snazzy for initiating calls/texts via Cortana, but for the life of me I can't get anything address-related to work. Queries like "how long will it take to drive to my brothers house?" or even commands like "navigate to my brothers house" are all met with Bing searches.
    04-19-2014 05:55 PM
  5. realwarder's Avatar
    Related note: Contacts/nicknames seem to work just snazzy for initiating calls/texts via Cortana, but for the life of me I can't get anything address-related to work. Queries like "how long will it take to drive to my brothers house?" or even commands like "navigate to my brothers house" are all met with Bing searches.
    Flavors of "Navigate home" doesn't work either.
    04-21-2014 09:57 PM
  6. lewiedude's Avatar
    I am fully aware that Cortana is beta, so I don't expect perfection at this point. But, here is my problem... When asking her a question, she constantly performs a Bing search. Even when I am utilizing the inputted nickname for something like sending an email. I did start to speak all words with questions as opposed to utilizing contractions: What does vs. What's. Some times she will perform correctly. Like, 'where is home?' and she will correctly show it on the map, then I will ask the follow up query, 'what does the traffic look like?'

    However, I have continually noticed that she tries to capitalize the first word of any question that I ask along with trying to add the question mark at the end, only to remove those formats and then give me a big search result. I have tried everything including the turning on/off/restart. Next I am going to reset her and see what happens. She won't even say my name.
    Last edited by lewiedude; 04-22-2014 at 10:14 AM. Reason: misspell
    04-22-2014 10:08 AM
  7. rorrr's Avatar
    ask Cortana, "what up doe?" and you'll get "Hey "Hi" "Hello to you to" etc

    http://pic.twitter.com/u6KRrN7Z03

    this is interesting because "what up doe" is a popular phrase in Detrolt. I wonder who was responsible for that decision. maybe a fan of J Dilla?
    Bjfcm likes this.
    04-23-2014 02:14 PM
  8. ajayden's Avatar
    Flavors of "Navigate home" doesn't work either.

    I tried "Navigate Home" and it works as per below






    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1020 using Tapatalk
    04-23-2014 10:50 PM
  9. Talderon's Avatar
    I tried "Navigate Home" and it works as per below


    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/24/yhemyzy9



    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1020 using Tapatalk
    Hell, one day I was tired and just told Cortana to "Take me home" and navigation started.
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    04-24-2014 05:39 PM
  10. Bjfcm's Avatar
    Detroit in the House!!!!... I don't use ' What !!!!" .. lol

    . We Detroiter's Are a versatile Lot!!!!! ... and we know how to pick A Good Phone and OS .. least you and I rorr!!!!
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    04-27-2014 02:06 AM
  11. David Lohrentz's Avatar
    For some jolly good fun, nickname your home or work "Uranus". Cortana understands me when I tell her to remind me to ___________ when I get to Uranus.
    04-27-2014 11:55 AM
  12. MadSci2's Avatar
    This is from a separate Post I made in another Tread, addressing a problem that has many scattered threads in the Form - choosing what calendar to have Fortuna add appointments/meetings/reminders to.

    I was deeply vexed by Cortland insisting on adding my Meetings/Appointments/Reminders only to my "Hotmail" (really?) Outlook calendar and not to my Exchange Calendar. After searching around I found many threads complaining about this, and eventually I found two threads that gave different versions of the same fix. I thought I'd pull these together under a Thread that would show up well in case anyone else was searching for a solution as well.

    To be clear, I take NO CREDIT for figuring this out. That belongs to the two members named below.

    Fundamentally, Cortanta just needs to be told which account you want to use. Once that is chosen, she will add all your events to that Calendar until you choose another one, which will then become the default. Here are two ways to do this:

    1). From WPCentral Forum Member amgrey86:

    "I also have an exchange account set up for appointments and all you need to do to use Cortana is tap the account after you tell her what the meeting is. It will bring up a menu of all your accounts, just choose which one you want the appointment under. Works great!"

    Second Method:

    2). From WPCentral Forum Member Shawn Lukaschuk:

    "Add an appointment on the phone (non-Cortana method). Change the calendar to the one you want in the appointment (its a drop down in the MORE DETAILS section). SAVE the appointment.

    Now the correct calendar is the default for new entries AND CORTANA!"

    I have tried both and both work. The first doesn't require you to use anything but Cortanta, and also teaches you how to change the default Calendar "on the fly" if needed, so I like it a bit better but both are fully functional!


    Thanks to both amgrey86 & Shawn Lukaschuk for working these out and sharing them. I hop the Mode will add these to the hints and tricks for Cortana!

    MadSci2
    04-29-2014 01:59 PM
  13. Mellifluous's Avatar
    Just a little one, but when you're playing music you can open cortana and say next/previous track.

    Another one: I just tried saying "mute sounds" to see if that would turn off the volume. That didn't happen - instead, Cortana said "And now, silence" and started playing a track on my phone called "Silence" by Portishead. Very weird but kind of makes sense at the same time...
    Last edited by Mellifluous; 04-29-2014 at 03:19 PM.
    04-29-2014 02:51 PM
  14. nrwood's Avatar
    One Halo question: Are you rampant?
    05-02-2014 08:37 PM
  15. Souless_Cthulhu's Avatar
    Ok, I have a few questions. One, what are the commands to make facebook work with Cortana? What facebook app is needed? Can I have cortana call a Skype group instead of one person? These are some of the things I would utilize more and feel are missing or very hard to figure out. This thread of people seem awesome so let me know.)
    05-03-2014 09:53 PM
  16. Souless_Cthulhu's Avatar
    O and one other question, So such as "Tell me a joke", she thinks by tell I mean text someone. Sometimes you can get around it by saying "Say a joke" but wont work with all commands. Thoughts?
    05-03-2014 10:00 PM
  17. Souless_Cthulhu's Avatar
    Ok, so what commands make facebook work with cortana? What facebook app is needed? Can you get Cortana to call a Skype GROUP instead of an individual?
    05-03-2014 10:03 PM
  18. haamid_qadri's Avatar
    Cortana is not DEAD in Halo...
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    05-04-2014 09:47 AM
  19. Julian Diaz1's Avatar
    Talderon i have a question about Cortana and Interest: i know that she is actually released to work in the USA, but i want to know... i live in Argentina, and for example i want to search in News for interest the newspapers from my country (i even typed Argentina) and i didnt get any results. Another example, i never received warnings of traffic, but here is the curious thing if i open here maps o maps, they show the traffic of my city (Buenos Aires)... just to know, this features are only for the USA, and next for the countries where Cortana will be realized or just for USA??
    Thanks
    05-05-2014 11:58 AM
  20. vitor.rf's Avatar
    Talderon i have a question about Cortana and Interest: i know that she is actually released to work in the USA, but i want to know... i live in Argentina, and for example i want to search in News for interest the newspapers from my country (i even typed Argentina) and i didnt get any results. Another example, i never received warnings of traffic, but here is the curious thing if i open here maps o maps, they show the traffic of my city (Buenos Aires)... just to know, this features are only for the USA, and next for the countries where Cortana will be realized or just for USA??
    Thanks
    Can't say about the news part. But warnings of traffic should work no matter where you are. Regarding to work, cortana will eventually "get your routine" and go with it. This features needs both home and work configured on here notebook, and a while so she knows when you leave work. I'm not 100% sure, but that's most of it.
    05-05-2014 09:51 PM
  21. Julian Diaz1's Avatar
    Can't say about the news part. But warnings of traffic should work no matter where you are. Regarding to work, cortana will eventually "get your routine" and go with it. This features needs both home and work configured on here notebook, and a while so she knows when you leave work. I'm not 100% sure, but that's most of it.
    Hey, thanks for answer. I will wait until she notifies me. Just an little thing i noticed: If you select a text, don't press the copy button and then press the search, Cortana will automatically search the selected text!!!
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    05-06-2014 06:44 AM
  22. Sam034SF's Avatar
    I found a new one. Ask her:
    "What do you want?"
    05-07-2014 01:20 AM
  23. WINDOW LOVIN's Avatar
    Is there a way to open up cortana without having to press search or open the app?
    05-09-2014 11:03 AM
  24. Julian Diaz1's Avatar
    I have another question/s:
    1. I read that a lot of persons receives an alert from Cortana telling them that they have to start leaving their location ("time to go") to arrive to home or work in certain time or to not be late for an appointment. and this is the reason for the second question (complain):
    2. if i add an appointment in the calendar or with Cortana it is no posible to add a Location (that serves to Cortana), i mean if i type in the locations field: home or my home address theres no autocomplete like in the maps App. Please Microsoft make this posible
    James8561 likes this.
    05-09-2014 11:37 AM
  25. emigrating's Avatar
    Not sure if this is new or not, but I just came across a website saying Watch Dogs was being released on the 20th rather than the 27th. In any case, I asked Cortana and got an actual answer rather than just a Bing search.
    James8561 likes this.
    05-10-2014 03:28 PM
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