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  1. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I have had it since Feb. I work for Microsoft.
    Lucky dog xD
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    04-12-2014 02:14 PM
  2. Talderon's Avatar
    Lucky dog xD
    I just wish I could have talked about it sooner, but at least I got to beat the Dev Preview to the punch! LMAO!
    04-12-2014 02:17 PM
  3. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I just wish I could have talked about it sooner, but at least I got to beat the Dev Preview to the punch! LMAO!
    Am I allowed to ask what you do there, or is it hush-hush (Like WP8.1 has been for so long)?

    Also, how does one pursue a job there? I'm still in highschool, but really have no idea what I want to do with my life, but something technology related seems fun (seeing as I love it so much). Is it a fun place to work?

    And again, thanks for the informative guide. I remember all the hype around Siri, but how it died so quickly when people discovered it was absolute rubbish for real life. I'm most excited that Cortana is voice-optional, so I can still get all the benefits she offers, without having to speak aloud. :)
    04-12-2014 02:23 PM
  4. Talderon's Avatar
    Am I allowed to ask what you do there, or is it hush-hush (Like WP8.1 has been for so long)?

    Also, how does one pursue a job there? I'm still in highschool, but really have no idea what I want to do with my life, but something technology related seems fun (seeing as I love it so much). Is it a fun place to work?

    And again, thanks for the informative guide. I remember all the hype around Siri, but how it died so quickly when people discovered it was absolute rubbish for real life. I'm most excited that Cortana is voice-optional, so I can still get all the benefits she offers, without having to speak aloud. :)
    I am a Sr. Engineer here and work primarily on the Bing Platform as a whole, but also work closely with the part of the platform that powers Cortana.

    Getting a job here is not as hard as people think it is. Best thing to do is go to college and get a degree in Computer Sciences with a specialization that you are interested in. Anything from Hardware support/design/development to Software Development and support. There are SO many options here at Microsoft for people who are from all walks of life, NOT JUST TECHNICAL! :D

    It's a great place to work. Microsoft has it's own culture and it's not for everyone, but for those that like it or love it, it's fantastic. They told me when I was hired that this could possibly be the last company I ever work for, even if it's not the last job I have.

    One of the more understated and least review aspects of Cortana is this:

    If you give Cortana a verbal query, she will, if able, answer you verbally.

    If you TYPE the query, it will just show up on the screen.

    This is GREAT!! You don't have to worry about everyone hearing her tell you what she found or ask for confirmation out loud if you don't want to broadcast your business.
    04-12-2014 02:35 PM
  5. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I am a Sr. Engineer here and work primarily on the Bing Platform as a whole, but also work closely with the part of the platform that powers Cortana.

    Getting a job here is not as hard as people think it is. Best thing to do is go to college and get a degree in Computer Sciences with a specialization that you are interested in. Anything from Hardware support/design/development to Software Development and support. There are SO many options here at Microsoft for people who are from all walks of life, NOT JUST TECHNICAL! :D

    It's a great place to work. Microsoft has it's own culture and it's not for everyone, but for those that like it or love it, it's fantastic. They told me when I was hired that this could possibly be the last company I ever work for, even if it's not the last job I have.

    One of the more understated and least review aspects of Cortana is this:

    If you give Cortana a verbal query, she will, if able, answer you verbally.

    If you TYPE the query, it will just show up on the screen.

    This is GREAT!! You don't have to worry about everyone hearing her tell you what she found or ask for confirmation out loud if you don't want to broadcast your business.
    Thanks for the advice, I'll keep it in mind. After all, they say if you're doing something you love, you'll never a day in your life. :)
    04-12-2014 02:40 PM
  6. Taube's Avatar
    I've read or heard somewhere that you can have Cortana remind you of something not only when you GET TO a location, but also when you LEAVE a location. Can you confirm that?

    Also I'd like to know which of the language settings needs to be set to "English" for Cortana to work - just "speech language", or "phone language" as well?
    04-12-2014 02:57 PM
  7. Talderon's Avatar
    I've read or heard somewhere that you can have Cortana remind you of something not only when you GET TO a location, but also when you LEAVE a location. Can you confirm that?

    Also I'd like to know which of the language settings needs to be set to "English" for Cortana to work - just "speech language", or "phone language" as well?
    You have to have the Region set to US-English at this time to get Cortana to work.

    I have not tried it on leaving a place, I will try that today when I leave work and let you all know. :D
    04-12-2014 03:01 PM
  8. canepro's Avatar
    Hey thx for the guide, if its possible, do you have any idea when the dev. program of wp8.1 would be released?
    04-12-2014 03:10 PM
  9. Talderon's Avatar
    Hey thx for the guide, if its possible, do you have any idea when the dev. program of wp8.1 would be released?
    Monday, April 14th 2014. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!
    04-12-2014 03:12 PM
  10. canepro's Avatar
    You have to have the Region set to US-English at this time to get Cortana to work.

    I have not tried it on leaving a place, I will try that today when I leave work and let you all know. :D

    so do u mean, before downloading the wp8.1 update u don't have to set the region to US to have cortana?,but just when u want to use cortana after you have already downloaded the wp8.1 update?
    04-12-2014 03:14 PM
  11. canepro's Avatar
    Monday, April 14th 2014. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!
    thx.....fingers crossed
    04-12-2014 03:16 PM
  12. Talderon's Avatar
    so do u mean, before downloading the wp8.1 update u don't have to set the region to US to have cortana?,but just when u want to use cortana after you have already downloaded the wp8.1 update?
    I know that when the region is not set right on install of 8.1, you can switch it and get Cortana, but if you change it back, it will REMOVE Cortana, so switching back and forth is pointless.
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    04-12-2014 03:30 PM
  13. Taube's Avatar
    You have to have the Region set to US-English at this time to get Cortana to work.

    I have not tried it on leaving a place, I will try that today when I leave work and let you all know. :D
    Thanks!
    I've thought you have to set the region AND language to US/English to use Cortana. Since there are at least three different language settings in WP (phone language, speech language, keyboard language), I'm curious to know which of those language settings need to be set to English for Cortana to work. I suppose that speech language needs to be set to English - that's kind of obvious. But what about phone (UI) language? I'd love to be able to use Cortana without having to have the phone UI in English (for example: region US, speech language English, phone language German)
    04-12-2014 03:47 PM
  14. Talderon's Avatar
    Thanks!
    I've thought you have to set the region AND language to US/English to use Cortana. Since there are at least three different language settings in WP (phone language, speech language, keyboard language), I'm curious to know which of those language settings need to be set to English for Cortana to work. I suppose that speech language needs to be set to English - that's kind of obvious. But what about phone (UI) language? I'd love to be able to use Cortana without having to have the phone UI in English (for example: region US, speech language English, phone language German)
    When you open Settings, you will find Region. There you have to set to US and English. Otherwise, the rest can stay as-is.
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    04-12-2014 04:10 PM
  15. flyingsolid's Avatar
    Is it valid to think about the quiet mode with inner circle as bedside mode and custom contact notifications or do/will these settings work deeper into Cortana?
    04-12-2014 05:48 PM
  16. Talderon's Avatar
    Is it valid to think about the quiet mode with inner circle as bedside mode and custom contact notifications or do/will these settings work deeper into Cortana?
    These two settings require Cortana to function, so if you are in an area with no Cortana, you will not see these features.

    Right now, this is just the tip of the iceberg with these kinds of features for Cortana. More will come that will allow you to make sure your mobile device can be customized to your way of life.

    I guess you can think of it as bedside mode, however, it already goes past that. If you have Quiet Hours linked to your calendar, you can set it up so that every time you are marked busy on your calendar, Quiet Hours will turn on. So for those that have a lot of meetings and appointments, this is great because you don't have to worry about silencing your phone.

    You can also speak to Cortana to have her enable/disable Quiet Hours and other settings (BT, Airplane Mode, WiFi and all that).
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    04-12-2014 06:01 PM
  17. Neo Nuke's Avatar
    Right now, her offline functionality is really... well... it's barely there. For v1, the online services and features were the key to getting her off the ground. As time goes on, her offline functions should expand and allows us to user her even further.
    I hope offline use cases still include the ability to launch apps with voice like we do now with TellMe or how we have our messages read out to us with the ability to reply. A lot of replacements in windows phone become steps backward in basic functionalities as in the Xbox Music versus Zune for syncing and music collection organization. I know we can no longer jump into bing vision for QR codes and such. I think it is lenses now. Can you elaborate or put us at ease about these features ?
    Last edited by Neo Nuke; 04-12-2014 at 06:20 PM. Reason: spelling
    04-12-2014 06:19 PM
  18. Talderon's Avatar
    I hope offline use cases still include the ability to launch apps with voice like we do now with TellMe or how we have our messages read out to us with the ability to reply. A lot of replacements in windows phone become steps backward in basic functionalities as in the Xbox Music versus Zune for syncing and music collection organization. I know we can no longer jump into bing vision for QR codes and such. I think it is lenses now. Can you elaborate or put us at ease about these features ?
    I played around with her some and things like Launching Apps by Voice Command works without data. Her speech recognition is still awesome without an online connection. I will test the texting and all that later, but pretty much anything you need to do locally on the device SHOULD work. I know there are a couple exceptions (like search) since it tries Web first and dies.

    Keeping in mind that mine is still an early build (they stopped updating internal builds a week or so ago in preparation for the Dev Preview rollout). There are still some teams that are using special builds for other testing, but I am not on that stuff. :( I do know that the Core is RTM, just stuff outside of Core (Cortana for example) were not RTM.
    04-12-2014 06:44 PM
  19. jlangner's Avatar
    Thanks for info. What about settings like who is brother, sister, etc, where are those set, or are they just nicknames you set in inner circle?
    04-12-2014 07:26 PM
  20. Talderon's Avatar
    Thanks for info. What about settings like who is brother, sister, etc, where are those set, or are they just nicknames you set in inner circle?
    Those are nicknames you set in either Inner Circle or in the Contact Details.

    Difference is, Inner Circle can have up to 3 nicknames, where those not in there can only have one. Not to mention that Inner Circle is used with Quiet Hours at this time.
    04-12-2014 07:28 PM
  21. Reebs Reebs's Avatar
    Thanks for taking the time again!

    Sent from my RM-893_nam_tmous_201 using Tapatalk
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    04-12-2014 07:47 PM
  22. anon(8555314)'s Avatar
    Question about Bing Search history--how important is this for Cortana learning about one's interests? Will Cortana on WP utilize search history made on windows 8 devices? I had been using a Bing bot to rack up bing rewards, but recently cleared my bing history and stopped using bing bot in anticipation of Cortana, but perhaps this is a false assumption. My thought was that all the random searching by the bing bot would throw cortana off the rails, but maybe that is irrelevant.
    04-12-2014 08:08 PM
  23. Talderon's Avatar
    Question about Bing Search history--how important is this for Cortana learning about one's interests? Will Cortana on WP utilize search history made on windows 8 devices? I had been using a Bing bot to rack up bing rewards, but recently cleared my bing history and stopped using bing bot in anticipation of Cortana, but perhaps this is a false assumption. My thought was that all the random searching by the bing bot would throw cortana off the rails, but maybe that is irrelevant.
    Honestly, I have not even looked into that. I will have to give it a whirl and see what I can come up with. I'll work on this tomorrow, almost time to go home from work!!! :D
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    04-12-2014 08:10 PM
  24. Reebs Reebs's Avatar
    Talderon, question regarding long pressing the Windows button. What does it do now? I'm assuming Tell Me isn't active anymore. What does it do now?
    04-12-2014 08:16 PM
  25. Talderon's Avatar
    Talderon, question regarding long pressing the Windows button. What does it do now? I'm assuming Tell Me isn't active anymore. What does it do now?
    Long Press HOME button does not do anything.

    Long Press the Search button and you will be put into Cortana with the Mic on waiting for a verbal query.
    Reebs Reebs likes this.
    04-12-2014 08:17 PM
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