08-07-2014 06:08 PM
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  1. Davulsukur's Avatar
    So worth the news that other places outside the U.S are getting Cortana next week, I wondered what features people who already have the app use the most?

    Watching some WPcentral videos on Cortana, it looks like there is alot that can be done and I am very much looking forward to using it. However, is it (should that be she?) as good as it looks?
    08-02-2014 08:33 AM
  2. Joel Marambaia's Avatar
    I was using it to find places to eat, asking "places to eat near me" or "around me" but it's not working anymore, showing simple web search. Anyone have the same issue?
    08-02-2014 08:42 AM
  3. Davulsukur's Avatar
    What is the voice recognition like? Does it pick up what you are saying first time?
    08-02-2014 09:04 AM
  4. berty6294's Avatar
    I actually find myself asking her questions to solve stupid arguments I have with a family member or friend like how old or tall a celebrity is and stuff like that. She becomes really useful when I am running late for school or work and ask "what's the traffic like from here to school" and she'll pull up a map and talk to me about it. There's a lot of other things I have her do as far as reminders and answering questions or giving me directions, she is very smart.

    And unless somebody is standing right next to me yelling, she seems to be very good at voice recognition. Sometimes she will listen and immediately add in words she heard somebody around me say, but during her brief post processing she realizes that that was not me speaking and corrects herself before I have a chance to get upset! She's quite incredible
    08-02-2014 09:17 AM
  5. jomarr's Avatar
    For Jibber Jabber. Only when I'm bored. I ask the stupid questions.. I asked if I needed an umbrella when it was already raining lol. I never really fancied voice assistants. Even with Siri when I had the iPhone.
    MAHER_Central likes this.
    08-02-2014 09:22 AM
  6. Davulsukur's Avatar
    Good to hear that the voice recognition is decent but then again I suppose it had to be.
    08-02-2014 09:47 AM
  7. Joel Marambaia's Avatar
    Voice recognition works like a charm!
    08-02-2014 09:59 AM
  8. SpaceyO's Avatar
    I use the time reminders multiple times a day, quiet hours for meetings at work, etc., (Almost) hands free music control while driving. Voice recognition is excellent (hit or miss through my car's bluetooth, but I think that's the fault of the bluetooth mic, not Cortana). I also use it for typed Bing searches quite a few times a day.
    08-02-2014 11:50 AM
  9. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Remind me is pretty awesome.

    I ask questions for knowledge and searches for things I need.

    Setting interests helps as the live tile rotates through some pretty good info. Cortana has bumped my dedicated News App (NBC News) way down the Start Screen and off the initial unlock view since I don't need headlines showing twice on the same screen.

    And yep, those quite hours are nice... Don't forget your inner circle so you can be reached in an emergency.
    08-02-2014 02:04 PM
  10. BRC1711's Avatar
    I use it for some reminders and quiet hours. I don't really enjoy the idea of talking to my phone

    Posted via Windows Phone Central App
    08-02-2014 02:15 PM
  11. lawalhu's Avatar
    A digression, but related: It appears there is Cortana blackout right now.
    08-02-2014 02:23 PM
  12. robbiegod's Avatar
    From my use, its very good. Does it make mistakes? Sure, sometimes. But all in all, its very good.
    08-02-2014 05:08 PM
  13. robbiegod's Avatar
    yeah same here. I use it for location reminders (remind me when i get to work to do that thing i do), works great!

    And remind in 45 minutes to do that other thing i do.

    ​"wake me up in 20 minutes"
    08-02-2014 05:09 PM
  14. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    It's a decent news aggregator, and I use it for the weather, too.

    Naturally, I use her to search the internet as well.
    08-02-2014 05:12 PM
  15. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I use Cortana for reminders, setting new calendar events, and (most of all) to follow and keep up on the news.

    Whether I press the search button and swipe down, or use the Live Tile: I'm constantly going to my Interests to keep up what's going on in my life and the greater world around me.

    It's incredible, totally invaluable. I use it constantly.
    08-02-2014 05:17 PM
  16. SwimSwim's Avatar
    What is the voice recognition like? Does it pick up what you are saying first time?

    Windows Phone has always had (and continues to have) the best voice recognition I've come across. I'm sure Microsoft is utilizing their Kinect technology for such superb results, it's really good!!
    08-02-2014 05:21 PM
  17. MAHER_Central's Avatar
    For Jibber Jabber. Only when I'm bored. I ask the stupid questions.. I asked if I needed an umbrella when it was already raining lol. I never really fancied voice assistants. Even with Siri when I had the iPhone.
    Agree, I really AGREE !!!
    08-02-2014 05:25 PM
  18. jojoe42's Avatar
    I use Cortana mainly for the news, reminders and switching music when I'm out wearing headphones with an inline microphone :P it does struggle sometimes with my NZ accent but if I put on a (slightly racist) American accent she doesn't drop a word, even in noisy environments
    08-02-2014 05:53 PM
  19. hcrick's Avatar
    Reminders, news, traffic/travel time is what I use her for the most. Also use flight tracking and explore near by as needed.
    08-02-2014 05:58 PM
  20. AV2RY's Avatar
    Cortana is useless for me. At least she was today. I tried to find AutoZone while I drive, "give me directions to.. Or find .." She probably did everything she can but directions to the store. She once said "I can't find music starting with Q" after another try she opened Date+Time settings... I searched for it on Nokia Maps and found it right away
    08-02-2014 06:25 PM
  21. Davulsukur's Avatar
    I use Cortana mainly for the news, reminders and switching music when I'm out wearing headphones with an inline microphone :P it does struggle sometimes with my NZ accent but if I put on a (slightly racist) American accent she doesn't drop a word, even in noisy environments
    I don't think i can say "Cortana" unless i say in the voice of the master chief.
    08-03-2014 12:16 AM
  22. peacefulberry's Avatar
    I don't have a device with Cortana , but I must say a relative of mine (who shall remain anonymous lol) has used Cortana as a companion/parrot to test out their lude jokes and for her "honest" advice for random subjects. Lol.
    Bi11yBear likes this.
    08-03-2014 01:58 AM
  23. vitor_canova's Avatar
    Since in not in US many things don't work out of the box. Even Bing is in beta here.

    So usually I use Cortana for time based reminders and geofence reminders.

    Since it does not recognizes many place names due accent differences I need to set those geofences manually since it offers an option of "Here" and I can't say after where is "Here". Like supermarket.
    08-03-2014 07:19 AM
  24. David Lohrentz's Avatar
    While driving with Bluetooth headset, having texts read and responding verbally. Or just dictating texts.

    I use reminders are a lot. They will be even better when the snooze option is added to location based reminders with 8.1 update 1.

    The news function works well.

    I can't use quiet hours, since I need to be able to take emergency calls from unknown phone numbers at night, and during meetings where I don't want interruptions, quiet hours isn't restrictive enough. If I didn't need to be available for emergency calls at night, quiet hours would be awesome.
    08-03-2014 06:04 PM
  25. RumoredNow's Avatar
    ...They will be even better when the snooze option is added to location based reminders with 8.1 update 1...
    When a location based Reminder comes up just tap "Next Time" and it will come back when you reenter that location. I use it for the store where meds get filled for me and the wife. That's on 8.1 no GDR 1.

    ​Or do you mean "tell me again in 5 minutes?"
    08-03-2014 06:18 PM
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