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  1. Talderon's Avatar
    [WARN]
    Please use Cortana Feedback for ALL future feedback! This tool sends the information I have been sending to the same teams!!!

    I have requested that this thread be locked!!!
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    Ok all. It's been established in other threads that I work for Microsoft. Let it be Crystal Clear, that I am in NO WAY officially/unofficially representing the company. I am a dedicated mobile enthusiast (which you can tell from my time on the Android forums and here) and just an overall Mobile Geek.

    What I am hoping to accomplish through this thread is to spark up discussions and feedback for things people are trying to do with Cortana. Using natural spoken language as the input to request things from Cortana is a key component of Cortana. Once the Developer Preview is released into the wild and people start using it, we'll immediately start seeing the usage on the system, but what we won't see, is HOW and WHAT people are requesting and trying to do.

    REQUEST FOR THIS THREAD:

    Once you have Cortana up and running, try some things and see what you get. If something comes up perplexing or something that you think should come up differently, then please note it here. Please be sure to include as much detail as you can. Screenshots are AWESOME, but we need at the very least, the following:

    Region/Language:
    Exact Phrase Spoken:
    Did Cortana parse this correctly:
    Expected Results:
    Actual Results:
    Feedback:
    (please include screenshots if you can)

    Here is an example:

    Region/Language: USA English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: What time is it in London?
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Cortana to read me the current time verbally
    Actual Results: Displayed a search result that showed me the current time in London
    Feedback: It would be really nice if Cortana could read the time for a better hands-off experience.
    I want to gather up as much of this info as I can so I can present it to our team as a representation of what people in the real world (outside out ours that is) are trying to do and help enhance Cortana.

    Discussions are great, but there are a TON of threads for general Cortana discussions, so please use those for that, but let's try and keep this one somewhat clean.

    I know, big ask but I thought I would try.

    Thanks all!
    Last edited by Talderon; 05-02-2014 at 02:11 PM.
    04-11-2014 02:21 PM
  2. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    [NOTE]Thread cleaned. Please only post feedback as requested by OP in the first post - nothing more and in no other format. This thread is NOT for chatting. Any chatting will be deleted, you've been warned[/NOTE]

    [INFO]Here is the required format for each post after this one:

    Region/Language:
    Exact Phrase Spoken:
    Did Cortana part this correctly:
    Expected Results:
    Actual Results:
    Feedback:
    (please include screenshots if you can)[/INFO]
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    04-14-2014 05:09 AM
  3. Johann Dirry's Avatar
    I am quite impressed with the current state of cortana. Just wanted to try the examples from the Build 2014 conference, and have found some issues with the weather widget:

    Region/Language: United States, German (Austria) / English (United States)
    Exact Phrase Spoken:
    • always show temperatures in degrees celsius
    • always use celsius
    • use celsius by default
    • set celsius to default
    • etc

    Did Cortana part this correctly: yes (60% correct)
    Expected Results: always show the temperature in C instead of F (it's set in the systems region setting after all!)
    Actual Results: shows temperatures in C after speaking the command; shows the weather again in F the next time
    Feedback:
    • respect the region settings of the user - it has priority over the country setting
    • users should be able to change individual system settings using cortana
    • weather widget should show C, F, or K instead of just for clarity (45 is an angle, not a temperature)
    • temperatures in Kelvin are not relative, but absolute and therefore must not show a sign.
    Last edited by Johann Dirry; 04-14-2014 at 01:50 PM. Reason: formating
    04-14-2014 01:45 PM
  4. Johann Dirry's Avatar
    Region/Language: United States / English (United States)
    Exact Phrase Spoken: translate i am hungry to chinese
    Did Cortana part this correctly: yes
    Expected Results: 我饿了
    Actual Results: link to google translate (et. al.)
    Feedback:
    • should use bing translate for translation
    • should provide search results after the translation
    • should provide (optional) roundtrip translation, so that the user can check the translation for semantic correctness
    • should provide a button to open the translation app, because this feature is often used when communicating with other people, so the user might want to translate more sentences/words or give the phone to the other person for a reply.
    Last edited by Johann Dirry; 04-14-2014 at 02:36 PM.
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    04-14-2014 01:59 PM
  5. Muessig's Avatar
    Region/Language: United States / English (United States)
    Exact Phrase Spoken: When should I leave for work?
    Did Cortana part this correctly: yes
    Expected Results: Cortana gives me a time to leave for work given current traffic conditions
    Actual Results: bing search about leaving work
    Feedback: Cortana knows where I work and the traffic conditions - should be able to combine knowledge to give me a figure.

    Region/Language: United States / English (United States)
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Recommend a game for me
    Did Cortana part this correctly: yes
    Expected Results: I'm taken to the top games on the WP Store
    Actual Results: bing search about recommending me a game
    Feedback: Cortana asks me if I want a free game or paid for, shows me the top apps from the correct category.
    Last edited by Muessig; 04-14-2014 at 02:19 PM.
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    04-14-2014 02:05 PM
  6. Johann Dirry's Avatar
    Region/Language: United States / English (United States)
    Exact Phrase Spoken:
    • Solve ex to the power of two equals four
    • solve ex squared equals four

    Did Cortana part this correctly: no ("so is extra power tool requests for", "search text me that's the quest for", etc.)
    Expected Results: solve x^2 = 4 ⇒ x = 2
    Actual Results: does not recognize the sentence
    Feedback:
    • it works with text input, so it seems, that the language recognition did not had enough training with math questions
    • let the user teach cortana new words and upload speech samples that can be used to train the language recognition engine.
    Last edited by Johann Dirry; 04-14-2014 at 02:30 PM. Reason: made the question more clear
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    04-14-2014 02:29 PM
  7. boothes18's Avatar
    Region/Language: US
    Exact Phrase Spoken: "Do you like Bill Gates."
    Did Cortana part this correctly: yes
    Expected Results: A joke..... "of course" or something like that
    Actual Results: A bing search
    Feedback:
    04-14-2014 07:25 PM
  8. GlenniBoy's Avatar
    Region/Language: United States(US) but living in Germany / English(US)
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Navigate me to my grandparents
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes (navigate me to my grandparents)
    Expected Results: Open's up HERE Drive and brings me to my grandparents
    Actual Results: Does a Bing search
    Feedback:
    • The place grandparents is in the list of the places
    • Navigation works with the exact phrase if i say "navigate me to my home" or "navigate me to my school"
    • Needs to navigate me everywhere where I want
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    04-15-2014 01:27 AM
  9. SpaceyO's Avatar
    Region/Language: English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: "Tell me a joke"
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Cortana should tell me a joke
    Actual Results: Cortana asks me who I'd like to text
    Feedback: This works when I enter "Tell me a joke" as plain text, and has worked once with voice. All voice attempts, except for that one, give me this (Notice Cortana definitely understands the words I'm saying):

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    04-15-2014 07:04 AM
  10. maks327's Avatar
    Region/Language: US / English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: N/A - Opened Cortana at 5:00 AM
    Did Cortana Part this Correctly: N/A
    Expected Results: See the "Good morning! Let's get your day started" daily glance
    Actual Results: No daily glance shown, just normal interest feed.
    Feedback: I wake up at 4:30 for work and leave the house by 05:00 AM. I want my daily glance at this time. The daily glance did show up later (probably after 6:00 AM). Maybe she'll learn about my habits after a few more days? If she won't, it'd be great if she could!

    Thanks for all of your time and info on these forums.
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    04-15-2014 07:13 AM
  11. MeWhoElse's Avatar
    Region/Language: USA English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Wake me up every day at 8am.
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Cortana to set an alarm for every day at 8am.
    Actual Results: Alarm set as "only once" for 8am.
    Feedback: To accept values for specific day of week, week days or weekends. Also recurring or not.
    04-15-2014 07:28 AM
  12. swanlee's Avatar
    Region/Language: United States / English (United States)
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Set a reminder for a week before mothers day
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Reminder to be set May 4th
    Actual Results: Reminder set to April 17th on first attempt, reminder set to April 27th on second attempt
    Feedback:
    While I understand this is slightly complex it only takes basic math to equate a week = 7 days and 7 days - May 11th = May 4th
    This would be how I use reminders, a week before a birthday, a holiday etc.
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    04-15-2014 07:31 AM
  13. Talderon's Avatar
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    04-15-2014 10:23 AM
  14. SpaceyO's Avatar
    Region/Language: English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: (Typed) Remind me to get soup when I'm at the store
    Did Cortana parse this correctly: Yes, she set the reminder
    Expected Results: Reminder should have gone off as I pulled into the parking lot, or walked into the store.
    Actual Results: Reminder didn't go off until I left the store. Sitting in my car, I checked to make sure I had set the reminder. When I tapped on the store in Places, the reminder went off.
    Feedback: It's a good thing I remembered the soup :) Seriously, I'm not sure what to make of this little glitch. 1st location based reminder so it could be just figuring things out. Will try another one later.
    04-15-2014 11:41 AM
  15. narv's Avatar
    Region/Language: US English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Call me Daniel
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Set my name for "what to call me" to "Daniel"
    Actual Results: asked me who I wanted to call from my phone
    Feedback: Would like to be able to change my "name" through the voice command instead of having to type it in the settings for cortana.

    (This one is from the video Daniel Rubino did but I would like it as well)
    Region/Language: US English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: go to wpcentral.com || browse wpcentral.com
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Opens up IE 11 at this web address
    Actual Results: bing search
    Feedback: Similar to how google now does it, launch the web browser to a certain website from voice command. While the bing search comes up with the result and I can click on it, just an extra step that can be avoided. Tighter integration with the core MS apps would be great!
    04-15-2014 12:33 PM
  16. anon(5352534)'s Avatar
    Region/Language: US English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: What is the rating of Casino Royale
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Say/show me the imdb/rotten tomato rating of the movie
    Actual Results: SHOWED me mpaa rating (PG-13)
    Feedback: Show both imdb/RT and mpaa rating.
    04-15-2014 12:55 PM
  17. anon(5352534)'s Avatar
    Region/Language: US English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: How far is the moon/sun from the earth in kilometers / lightyears
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: tell me the distance in the asked units
    Actual Results: Searched the web for the query
    Feedback: It works when you just ask , how far is the moon (gives answer in miles). Not everybody uses miles.
    04-15-2014 12:58 PM
  18. jsjohnson1's Avatar
    Region/Language: United States / English (United States)
    Exact Phrase Spoken: What time is high tide in Charleston today
    Did Cortana part this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Tell me high tide times or display them
    Actual Results: A comment like "doesn't look like it...the forecast is..." followed by the forecast. I think she understands the loose correlation between tidal information and weather but there is no tidal info provided
    Feedback:
    It would be great not to have to read through tide tables or to have to scan through my tide app when all I want is the next hi/lo tide and if possible the +/- ft. rating of that tide.
    04-15-2014 01:06 PM
  19. betaorionis's Avatar
    Region/Language: United States, English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: When do I need to leave for my next appointment?
    Did Cortana parse this correctly: Somewhat
    Expected Results: Tell me what time I will need to leave, incorporating traffic and location data, for my next calendar event
    Actual Results: Cortana told me what my next event is and told me what time it will be. Did not incorporate time to its location.
    Feedback: It's almost there, I'd just like to be able to on-demand bring up how long it will take to get to my next event so I don't have to separately ask "what's my next appointment?.. okay, how long will it take to get to ___?". That would be super useful! Thanks :)
    04-15-2014 01:20 PM
  20. Winphoner's Avatar
    Region/Language: United States / English (United States)
    Exact Phrase Spoken: what's my name
    Did Cortana parse this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Reply back to me with my name as configured
    Actual Results: Does a web search for "what's my name"
    Feedback: It would be nice for Cortana to have a bit of a conversational side, and be able to understand when I mean myself, or my family/friends/SO. This kind of context should significantly improve searches, and have a better feedback to the user. I should always be able to initiate a search directly by saying "search for xxx"
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    I just wanted to add that the functionality is similar for the following queries, which could be much more personal:
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Who am I?
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Who is my girlfriend?
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Where do I work?
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Where do I live?
    04-15-2014 01:46 PM
  21. drachen23's Avatar
    Region/Language: EN-US
    Exact Phrase Spoken: "Remind me tomorrow at 9AM to bring an umbrella" (spoken at 1AM 4/15)
    Did Cortana parse this correctly: yes
    Expected Results: A reminder to be created for the following morning at 9AM 4/15.
    Actual Results: A reminder was crated for not the next morning, but the morning after that (4/16).
    Feedback: Cortana should be aware that "9AM tomorrow morning" means "9AM on the next occuring morning" and not "9AM of the current calendar date plus one day"

    .also.

    Region/Language: EN-US
    Exact Phrase Spoken: "What does the fox say?"
    Did Cortana parse this correctly: no
    Expected Results: A joke about the video "What Does the Fox Say?"
    Actual Results: For three different people (2 males, one female - all native American English speakers), the results were "what does the f*** say". I also managed to get "what does the box say" once
    Feedback: Hilarious, but almost "eat up Martha" wrong.
    04-15-2014 02:13 PM
  22. Jason Drum's Avatar
    Region/Language: US English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Text Krystle (pronounced crystal)
    Did Cortana parse this correctly: Sort of, understood the pronunciation but pulled up a contact Crystal
    Expected Results: To text Krystle
    Actual Results: Pulled up different contact of Crystal with no option of Krystle
    Feedback: It would be nice to train what the pronunciation is of contacts, especially the most commonly contacted. I can get the text/call to work but only if I pronounce the name "creest lay", but that's not her name and just sounds stupid. I've seen other people on the forums with a similar issue.
    04-15-2014 02:19 PM
  23. jhoff80's Avatar
    Region/Language: US English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: Did the cards win last night?
    Did Cortana parse this correctly: Yes
    Expected Results: Should recognize St Louis Cardinals from my Sports Interests, and then be able to give the actual score.
    Actual Results: Bing Search
    Feedback: I assume this would be the same for any other abbreviated team name (Jags/Jaguars, Pats/Patriots, etc.)
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    04-15-2014 02:38 PM
  24. Deepcoiler's Avatar
    [BOX=Query Details]
    • Region/Language: EN-US
    • Exact Phrase Spoken: "What is the diameter of the sun?"
    • Did Cortana parse this correctly: Yes.
    • Expected Results: The diameter of the sun, in whatever units deemed appropriate (maybe define units in query: "what is the diameter of the sun in x")
    • Actual Results: Bing search for "what is the diameter of the sun"
    • Feedback: Using a friend's iPhone with Siri nets the expected result plus a table with other details and unit conversions, populated by Wolfram Alpha.


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    04-15-2014 04:36 PM
  25. Johann Dirry's Avatar
    Region/Language: US English
    Exact Phrase Spoken: How late is it
    Did Cortana parse this correctly: yes
    Expected Results: 3:41am
    Actual Results: Bing search results.
    Feedback: there are many ways for asking for the time
    04-15-2014 04:37 PM
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