04-17-2014 03:49 PM
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  1. Azurus's Avatar
    I know its only beta and I'm not blaming anyone. but the way they displayed Cortana against Google Now and Siri was very impressive

    I updated to windows Phone 8.1 preview a few hours ago, I'm pretty impressed but Cortana ALMOST ALWAYS does a Bing search except for the basic commands of course which is kind of irritating
    If I am supposed to switch something on or off to get the Cortana I can mess around with when I'm bored then please let me know
    Or is it just the beta ??
    DaT Franchise and Surya Teja like this.
    04-15-2014 09:10 AM
  2. mase123987's Avatar
    Have you use Siri or Google Now? Both use web searches for MANY things.
    04-15-2014 09:13 AM
  3. Vinoth Di's Avatar
    Agreed.
    Cortana can't answer simple questions like 'who am I?', 'Who are you?', 'What's your name?'
    It is still in Beta and should get better and better in months time.
    DaT Franchise likes this.
    04-15-2014 09:41 AM
  4. SpaceyO's Avatar
    Partly just the beta, and partly cortana has to learn, both from you the user and the userbase in general. We'll see a much smarter Cortana in the weeks and months to come.
    ven07 likes this.
    04-15-2014 09:46 AM
  5. JudgeHolden's Avatar
    I told Cortana to turn off my ringer when I got to work.
    Cortana set a reminder for me, when I walked into work, titled "ringer."

    That's a step in the right direction, but there's no reason why it shouldn't be able to silence my phone rather than remind me to do it myself.
    04-15-2014 11:43 AM
  6. dcutting's Avatar
    Open Cortana from the app list and walk through her questions first and then you should be good to go.
    04-15-2014 12:00 PM
  7. narv's Avatar
    I am curious since you said you just updated... if you ask her what the weather is, does she tell you or do a bing search? There was an error yesterday that may still be out there that caused cortana to bing search EVERYTHING except for stuff like "call someone".. ask her to tell you a joke, if she doesn't and she bing searches it you may have that bug... otherwise you may be expecting too much :p... but yes.. beta.. though that will get old soon, haha.
    04-15-2014 12:06 PM
  8. DaT Franchise's Avatar
    I have done all the suggested things including a factory reset and still its pretty much a voice activated web search. She still can't tell me her name, tell me my name, tell me where I am, home, work, favorite places, no voice greeting from search key or live tile. Yes she can set reminders (toast notification really??) no chit chat, a few witty responses well the same response starting to sound like a broken record.

    I know she's bata but she doesn't even live up to her bata hype we all have seen. I am in north Florida using a att branded 1520 so that's not the issue. Just strange she works so well for some people and not at all for most.

    Any more tricks to get her to work?
    04-15-2014 12:16 PM
  9. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Idk what you're doing wrong but she is rather chatty with me lol
    I have done all the suggested things including a factory reset and still its pretty much a voice activated web search. She still can't tell me her name, tell me my name, tell me where I am, home, work, favorite places, no voice greeting from search key or live tile. Yes she can set reminders (toast notification really??) no chit chat, a few witty responses well the same response starting to sound like a broken record.

    I know she's bata but she doesn't even live up to her bata hype we all have seen. I am in north Florida using a att branded 1520 so that's not the issue. Just strange she works so well for some people and not at all for most.

    Any more tricks to get her to work?
    Himanshu Chowdhary likes this.
    04-15-2014 12:20 PM
  10. Azurus's Avatar
    I am curious since you said you just updated... if you ask her what the weather is, does she tell you or do a bing search? There was an error yesterday that may still be out there that caused cortana to bing search EVERYTHING except for stuff like "call someone".. ask her to tell you a joke, if she doesn't and she bing searches it you may have that bug... otherwise you may be expecting too much :p... but yes.. beta.. though that will get old soon, haha.
    No Cortana is fine in that aspect she does bring up the weather but I honestly want to mess around with her but she isn't interacting with me at all :c I feel unloved :c
    04-15-2014 12:40 PM
  11. berty6294's Avatar
    I haven't figured out how to get her to check the traffic for me. I commute to class an hour away and it would be helpful if she would answer haha
    04-15-2014 12:52 PM
  12. TheKingsEighth's Avatar
    I haven't figured out how to get her to check the traffic for me. I commute to class an hour away and it would be helpful if she would answer haha
    Make sure you have some locations set up under the places section of the notebook. I have my work and home location entered in and I can ask her "what's the traffic like on the way home?" and she lets me know.
    04-15-2014 02:24 PM
  13. majortom1981's Avatar
    Cortana tells me the weather. It also updated me with a freeze warning for my area. It did ask me to add in my flight info . I can also turn my wifi on and off through voice command also. I haven't tried anything else yet.

    Make sure you add her as a live tile on the start screen. then click on the live tile and run through the wizard.
    04-15-2014 02:45 PM
  14. Graelock's Avatar
    Partly just the beta, and partly cortana has to learn, both from you the user and the userbase in general. We'll see a much smarter Cortana in the weeks and months to come.
    True she relies on cloud processing for some things, so even small server side improvements and updates should make a difference. The whole assistant feature is speculated to be in Beta well into 2015 as well. Can't be to hastey and make calls and accusations right off the get go. If this was the exact condition she was in, come the end of the year, then I'd be worried.
    04-15-2014 02:54 PM
  15. Azurus's Avatar
    Cortana tells me the weather. It also updated me with a freeze warning for my area. It did ask me to add in my flight info . I can also turn my wifi on and off through voice command also. I haven't tried anything else yet.

    Make sure you add her as a live tile on the start screen. then click on the live tile and run through the wizard.
    The problem is there is no wizard,
    1. Cortana absorbs the internet
    2. Cortana asks me for my name
    And that's it
    Am I missing something ?
    04-15-2014 02:54 PM
  16. txkimmers's Avatar
    I can also turn my wifi on and off through voice command also.
    Works for bluetooth this way as well.
    04-15-2014 02:54 PM
  17. Brian Holmgren's Avatar
    Agreed.
    Cortana can't answer simple questions like 'who am I?', 'Who are you?', 'What's your name?'
    It is still in Beta and should get better and better in months time.
    Quotes from Cortana
    Who am I -> Web search
    Who are you ->
    - How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
    - I'm your personal assistant. You can tell me the things that interest you and I'll keep it in my Notebook. That way I can make suggestions and keep you up to date.
    - In short, I am your personal assistant. I try to make things easier to do on your phone.
    What's your name ->
    - Cortana
    - I'm Cortana
    - My name is Cortana.
    - You probably know it already, no? I'm Cortana

    So she has no problems telling me who she is, also she sings.

    Sing for me ->
    - Here's one I know: [sings] Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon!
    - [sings] Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do.
    04-15-2014 02:55 PM
  18. Brian Holmgren's Avatar
    The problem is there is no wizard,
    1. Cortana absorbs the internet
    2. Cortana asks me for my name
    And that's it
    Am I missing something ?
    When you open Cortana she shows try "***" all of which you can try and she will answer, also you have "see more" which you can click on and it will shows you "Here are some things I can help you do" and list things like Phone, Messaging, Reminder, Alarm, and more and also apps that supports Cortana, if you click on one of these you will see "Here are some ideas" and a list of things you can ask Cortana, either to answer or to do for you.
    04-15-2014 03:00 PM
  19. Arya Satya's Avatar
    No Cortana is fine in that aspect she does bring up the weather but I honestly want to mess around with her but she isn't interacting with me at all :c I feel unloved :c
    Same here man. I'm a bit disappointed with her lack of 'witty answer' and personality
    04-15-2014 03:09 PM
  20. Rein's Avatar
    Phew! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a borked Cortana. Hopefully they update her so that she'll be more than a glorified search engine.
    04-15-2014 03:17 PM
  21. koolakhoo's Avatar
    no music icon near the setting icon of cortana
    04-15-2014 03:17 PM
  22. Brian Holmgren's Avatar
    Same here man. I'm a bit disappointed with her lack of 'witty answer' and personality
    What about "Tell me a joke" -> "I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me." or the answer "What do you do when you see a spaceman? Park in it, man!" or do you prefer this Cortana joke? "The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense". A last one: "Two antennas got married. The ceremony dragged on, but the reception was excellent."

    Or her answers to:
    "Who made you" -> "If I knew that, I'd have self awareness. And that might be dangerous."
    "Who's your daddy" -> "Technically speaking, that'd be Bill Gates. No big deal."
    "Are you better than Google Now" -> "My name is a lot less bossy." or "Not to brag, but apparently I'm going to help save the universe in about 500 years."
    04-15-2014 03:21 PM
  23. blehblehbleh's Avatar
    04-15-2014 03:31 PM
  24. Arya Satya's Avatar
    What about "Tell me a joke" -> "I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me." or the answer "What do you do when you see a spaceman? Park in it, man!" or do you prefer this Cortana joke? "The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense". A last one: "Two antennas got married. The ceremony dragged on, but the reception was excellent."

    Or her answers to:
    "Who made you" -> "If I knew that, I'd have self awareness. And that might be dangerous."
    "Who's your daddy" -> "Technically speaking, that'd be Bill Gates. No big deal."
    "Are you better than Google Now" -> "My name is a lot less bossy." or "Not to brag, but apparently I'm going to help save the universe in about 500 years."
    I guess it has to do on server side? Example, I tried to ask something like 'what do you think of Bing'. She does web search.
    04-15-2014 03:36 PM
  25. Ekon's Avatar
    Cortana works great for me. I haven't had not one error. She replies to everything I ask and only Bing searches when I intend her to.. Or.. It.. It's alot of fun. All her witty responses are great. I say beam me up Scotty every five minutes. I've been showing it off ever since I updated and about to show off some more right now.
    04-15-2014 03:39 PM
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