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Cortana leak shows a few details on Microsoft's answer to Google Now

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday March 03, 2014.

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One of the marquee features from Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 is the rumored voice search assistant, Cortana, which is expected to have some the context-aware features that make Google Now so attractive. That tidbit comes to us courtesy of Tom Warren of The Verge, who tends to be spot-on when it comes to Windows Phone matters.

Warren says that he has spoken with people familiar with Cortana and learned that the voice search app will replace Bing. The dedicated search key on Windows Phone 8 takes users to a Bing web search, but version 8.1 will launch directly into Cortana. From there, users will be able to do standard voice search features like locate a business or ask a general question. It will also have a Notebook that stores location data, user data, contact information, flights, and emails. The data contained in the Notebook will lead to reminders and suggestions, similar to Google Now. Users will be able to disable some features like email monitoring.

Cortana will reportedly be able to change someone's name, so the app can call some "The Great and Magnificent Andrew" when interacting with the device. More details about Cortana are likely to leak i the run-up to the Windows Phone 8.1 reveal at Build April 2.

source: The Verge

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