1. jleebiker's Avatar
    OR Microsoft better not rest on their laurels. They need to keep making forward progress and be leading the way in this aspect.

    My fear is that Microsoft will say "We've got a win with Cortana. Moving on..." I hope they continue to support her and help her to be the leading edge that she is.

    Google Now gets smarter for real-world scenarios | IT News
    ​(Sounds familiar right?)
    Guytronic likes this.
    05-07-2014 12:05 PM
  2. jmshub's Avatar
    Microsoft, Apple, and Google are all going to be really fighting to make their personal assistant smarter and more useful than their competitors. This may be the biggest area of growth in mobile OS design over the next year or so.
    05-07-2014 12:36 PM
  3. Guytronic's Avatar
    Stephen Hawking would be proud

    Interesting stuff!
    I will keep following.
    05-07-2014 12:44 PM
  4. Splacknuk's Avatar
    I was thinking the same thing... I showed off Cortana this weekend with the whole "Next time I'm at Krogers, remind me to get milk" scenario. The group was pretty impressed that it could be ANY Krogers, and not just the grocery store near me.

    You know it's only a matter of time before the others do this as well. Of course, with Apple, you'll have to buy a new phone to get that feature (and they all will).
    05-07-2014 01:14 PM
  5. Chregu's Avatar
    I don't have Cortana. I can't activate it. And even when, it would be only available in English. And it's in beta.

    Google and Apple have a lot of time to improve their services and make them available internationally. Microsoft is always very US focused.
    05-07-2014 01:21 PM
  6. Zulfigar's Avatar
    I don't have Cortana. I can't activate it. And even when, it would be only available in English. And it's in beta.

    Google and Apple have a lot of time to improve their services and make them available internationally. Microsoft is always very US focused.
    You have to start somewhere, something like this doesn't come out in one night. Sorry.
    Kram Sacul likes this.
    05-07-2014 01:28 PM
  7. Chregu's Avatar
    You have to start somewhere, something like this doesn't come out in one night. Sorry.
    I don't know how great Cortana is, as I was never able to use it. All I say is that Cortana won't have any impact anywhere except of the US and to some extent Great Britain (for users without an 8X blocking US as language), as just nobody can use it.

    People will not even notice this flattery as nobody knew it was there and they have no reference point for comparison.

    Just as an example, everybody thinks Apple invented the smartphone, while I was using Windows Mobile for the longest time before.

    Also, when looking at the terribe state of Bing in about every country except the US, I don't expect to see Cortana being great abroad anytime soon.

    I'm just making a point here, Cortana might be awesome, and I hear it is. I believe it is. I just don't think that many people will care in the long run.
    05-07-2014 01:34 PM
  8. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    The benefit Google has is Google IS an extension of the NSA.
    Their business is to snoop on your data.

    Glad to have Cortana and not have to bow down to Google anymore. LOL
    Not that Microsoft probably doesn't have some ties to government spying, but Google exploded out of nowhere because of funding from spy agencies. No better way to copy and data mine the American's (and the world) than to give them something they will willingly use.
    vitor.rf likes this.
    05-07-2014 03:00 PM
  9. matty032's Avatar
    The benefit Google has is Google IS an extension of the NSA.
    Their business is to snoop on your data.

    Glad to have Cortana and not have to bow down to Google anymore. LOL
    Not that Microsoft probably doesn't have some ties to government spying, but Google exploded out of nowhere because of funding from spy agencies. No better way to copy and data mine the American's (and the world) than to give them something they will willingly use.
    True Dat!
    05-08-2014 03:16 PM
  10. Wall iPhone's Avatar
    I don't have Cortana. I can't activate it. And even when, it would be only available in English. And it's in beta.

    Google and Apple have a lot of time to improve their services and make them available internationally. Microsoft is always very US focused.
    Why is this such a big problem for everyone? Microsoft mentioned 15 languages will be supported on RELEASE, its still in BETA. Siri was released years ago, and still doesn't support more languages. Google Now, still only support English.
    And to use Siri Apple forced their costumers to buy a new phone, although the iPhone 4 could use Siri, before Apple bought them. Cortana is available on every phone, cheap or expensive.
    Last edited by Wall iPhone; 05-10-2014 at 02:59 AM.
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    05-10-2014 02:29 AM
  11. Chregu's Avatar
    Why is this such a big problem for everyone? Microsoft mentioned 15 languages will be supported on RELEASE, its still in BETA. Siri was released years ago, and still doesn't support more languages. Google Now, still only support English.
    And to use Siri Apple forced their costumers to buy a new phone, although the iPhone 4 could use Siri, before Apple bought them. Cortana is available on every phone, cheap or expensive.
    Siri does know German ;-)

    And anyway, that they will release Cortana at one point is not the point of the thread. It's about the competition being potentially faster (or more recognized).
    05-10-2014 07:46 AM
  12. Wall iPhone's Avatar
    But you are bashing a beta, its not released yet. And from the comparisons I have seen Cortana actually seem to work better in beta and do more, then both Google Now and Siri. Microsoft has been in the voice control business for about 15-20 years, they are in noway behind the competition.
    05-10-2014 11:09 AM
  13. Chregu's Avatar
    But you are bashing a beta, its not released yet. And from the comparisons I have seen Cortana actually seem to work better in beta and do more, then both Google Now and Siri. Microsoft has been in the voice control business for about 15-20 years, they are in noway behind the competition.
    I'm not bashing anything. I think Cortana is a good product, even in beta. I'd love to have it.

    In the context of this thread the quality doesn't matter though. You don't have to defend it, nobody is saying anything against it. It's about how the public will think about the futures that Cortana has and the competition doesn't have yet, but most likely will have soon.

    You actually give the competition all the more reasons to claim features for themselves with your argumentation. "Well, it wasn't even released, so they didn't have the features before us, it was us who did it!" ;-)

    And I really hope you didn't create an account to argue about something there's nothing to argue about.
    05-10-2014 11:32 AM

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