It may be over a week before official release, but Cortana is ready to meet you on Android, for impatient users who want to get a taste of the beta version. The app was recently leaked and made available for Android users to test.
If you missed the news on Microsoft’s plans along with Windows 10, Cortana is a digital personal assistance that will function with voice commands, similar to Apple’s Siri or Google Now. She will provide users with information per their request, memorize their preferences and provide with knowledge she believes they need.
In order to set up the Cortana app, the steps are simple. Log into your Microsoft account, which by this point most people would have, and agree to the terms and conditions for downloading the app. You will be required to pick a name you want your assistant to address you by, which could be a vast area for creativity, and then she’s all set and ready for work.
Cortana will have access to the user’s contacts, calendar, GPS location, search history and many more other details in order to get the software’s prime performance. Or, for some of the more paranoid users, in order to know and spy on most aspects of your life. Whichever option sounds better is the right reason.
Voice recognition systems seem to be gaining popularity in the past couple of years, with many developers creating their own version of the software. It eases the user’s tasks and Cortana is claimed to be doing just that.
The program is apparently very flexible with its commands, varying on how a user can make a call, look up locations or set notes in their calendar. Microsoft has admitted that the software is not perfect, as it has encountered some issues with searches for general information, but that is to be expected for a beta version.
Cortana will have the same functions and features on Windows 10 as it does on Android, with perhaps a few tweaks here and there. For example, the desktop version of the app will require opening from the screen, while a simple “Hey, Cortana.” will activate her on your phone.
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