Leaked screenshots reveal Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant for Home windows Telephone
We already know that Microsoft is about to turn into the final main participant to launch a digital assistant, however previews of what “Cortana” will appear to be have been virtually non-existent. Now, because of leaked screenshots from The Verge, we’re getting our first take a look at what to anticipate when the corporate’s Siri rival makes its public debut with the launch of Home windows Telephone eight.1. Confirming earlier studies, Microsoft has opted for a round animated icon as its main UI factor, which can use the identical spotlight colour you’ve got chosen in your Home windows Telephone gadget. That icon will reportedly leap concerning the display because it asks you questions and responds to your requests.
Cortana can be tweaked to personalize greetings, permitting you to vary your identify or set a nickname for when it offers alerts, gives ideas or shows reminders. Microsoft seems to be taking a number of pages out of Apple’s and Google’s playbooks, which is additional evidenced by the inclusion of a setting that may index your emails so as to monitor flights and different providers — identical to Google Now. It isn’t clear whether or not Microsoft will add extra providers to its assistant earlier than Home windows Telephone eight.1 makes its strategy to units, or if it should even stick to the Cortana codename, however we might solely should wait a month till we discover out for positive.