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  1. Microsoft announces that new features are coming to Cortana Microsoft is kicking off its Ignite 2020 conference today, and there's a lot that's new. For one thing, there are new Cortana features, something that we don't hear much about anymore. The new features are coming to Teams, Outlook, and Windows 10. Some are existing features that are rolling out more broadly. For example, in Outlook, the new Play My Emails feature is now coming to Australia, Canada, the UK, and India in the coming months. For Outlook on iOS in the U.S., users are getting t
  2. “Hey Cortana” wake word working once again on Windows 10, says Microsoft Microsoft has updated their support documentation to suggest the “Hey Cortana” wake word will work once again on Windows 10. The page, updated on the 19th, notes: Note: The wake word has been re-enabled in the latest version of Cortana in Windows. If you’re on Windows 10, May 2020 Update, be sure that you’ve updated to build 19041.329 or later to use the wake word with Cortana. For earlier builds, you can still click on the microphone button to use
  3. Microsoft is shutting down Cortana on multiple devices, including iOS and Android Microsoft is pivoting to a more productivity-focused smart assistant in 2021 Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is rethinking its Cortana assistant, announcing that it will shut down the current iOS and Android apps, end Cortana support for the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker, and remove the original Cortana functionality from the first-generation Surface Headphones starting in 2021. Thes
  4. Even Cortana now bypasses the Store One of the big reasons so separate Cortana from the Windows 10 operating system as a Store app was so it could get updates faster. The app has just had an update to version 2.2007.9736.0 and ironically one of the elements of the app is that it is now possible to update the app without even visiting the Store. Just like the new Edge, you can now update the Cortana app simply by visiting its About page (under the ellipses hamburger menu), at which point it will check for, download and install new updates.
  5. Here is how you can fix the “Cortana is not available” issue in Windows 10 May 2020 Update(version 2004) Microsoft’s Cortana is currently the least popular digital voice assistant and the fact that it failed to live up to the expectation made Microsoft reshape its strategy in this space multiple times, but none of its strategies proved to be successful so far. While Microsoft has been struggling to make Cortana a viable digital assistant, some Windows 10 users running the latest May 2020 Update(version 2004) are not being able to
  6. New Cortana loses Beta tag in Microsoft Store Microsoft is getting ready roll out the updated Cortana digital assistant with Windows 10 2004, and the app has now lost the Beta tag in the Microsoft Store. It has also gained a series of new screenshots: The description reads: Cortana, your personal productivity assistant, helps you stay on top of what matters and save time finding what you need. Simply type or speak requests in natu
  7. Cortana Beta update adds a 'Hardware' section for managing Cortana devices Source: WindowsCentral Microsoft decoupled Cortana from the OS, launching a new Cortana app in beta with Windows 10 20H1 build 18945 in July 2019. The app provides a more conversational UI and can be updated independently since it is no longer tied to the OS. The Redmond giant also clipped Cortana’s wings in terms of its abilities when it announced that it is killing off smart home capabilities and third-party skills. Now, a new update to the Cortana Beta app is bringing back
  8. The Cortana app will soon let you manage Alexa devices and Surface Headphones When Microsoft separated Cortana from Microsoft Search, the initial response from the critics was that Microsoft will no longer add useful features to Cortana and, therefore, it’ll eventually meet the same fate as Windows Phone. That’s clearly not the case, or at least that’s what it looks like after seeing Microsoft’s latest efforts to make Cortana more capable as well as unique. In the course of the last few months, Microsoft has added a few useful new features and the company will continue to do
  9. One of the changes that Microsoft is believed to be working on for Windows 10 19H1 is separating Cortana and the Windows Search in the taskbar. In the current stable builds of Windows 10, Cortana and Search share the same UI, so you’re more or less forced to use the digital assistant even for simple things like searching for a while. While this at some level makes sense, as it kind of makes Cortana a feature that you can’t avoid on the desktop, not everyone likes it, so Microsoft is planning to let users separate the two in the upcoming Windows 10 feature update. The software giant is
  10. Cortana has become a somewhat unwelcome feature in Windows 10, and Microsoft has been making increasing moves to distance themselves from their own voice assistant. The latest is disabling the Cortana voice-over when setting up Windows 10 for the first time in an enterprise setting. The changelog for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18309 notes: It appears the feature will still be available for Home users. The cacophony of PCs being set up automatically all reciting the same Cortana phrases has been a running joke this last year. Experience the
  11. Microsoft loves to make software, sell it as a service, re-org the company and make employees change buildings. According to those with direct knowledge of the company’s plans, Microsoft is shuffling the deck once again. This time around, it’s Harry Shum’s AI org that is being moved about with some speculating that he may be leaving the company. But what is for certain is that Cortana is no longer under the company’s AI org and is now nested inside of Office. For some time, the Office team has been pressuring Shum to move Cortana over to their unit, especially after it
  12. The signs all suggest that Microsoft is going to cut its losses in the digital assistant market. Smart move. Michael Homnick “Say goodbye, Cortana.” That might be what Microsoft is contemplating saying to its struggling digital assistant. Cortana, or at least Cortana as we know it today, could end up on the Microsoft scrap pile, next to Windows Phone. To which I say, “Good for you, Microsoft. You just might be starting to learn.” Cortana, as I said, has been struggling. It hasn’t reached the mobile ubiquity of Apple’s assistant, Sir
  13. The next VP to leave Microsoft is the current head of Cortana, Javier Soltero, according to multiple reports. The departure is part of an ongoing internal shakeup at Microsoft that has seen execs including 20-year vet Terry Myerson leave the company. Soltero joined Microsoft at the end of 2014 when the company bought out Acompli, the mobile email startup he co-founded. From there, he transitioned to become the head of Outlook Mobile and eventually took charge of the entire Outlook division. Later, Soltero joined the Office team before being appointed to head up Cortana
  14. Last year, Microsoft started testing Microsoft To-Do integration in Cortanawith Windows Insiders. This feature is now rolling out to everyone in the following regions: Australia, India, US, and UK. With this integration, you can just ask Cortana to remind you to work on that presentation at noon, Cortana will automatically add it to your tasks in Microsoft To-Do, and notify you as soon as the clock hits 12. You can open the Planned list or Tasks list in Microsoft To-Do anytime to find your reminders from across Cortana and Microsoft To-Do. Here’s how to setup this new fea
  15. Microsoft introduced the personal assistant Cortana in 2015 when it released the Windows 10 operating system (and even earlier on Windows Phone). Just like Microsoft tried to get a fast start with Windows 10 by offering it for free, it attempted to push Cortana by integrating it deeply into the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft merged search with Cortana so that any user who used search was exposed to the personal assistant at the same time at first. Windows 10 users could use Cortana for a variety of tasks, e.g. for answering questions, set reminders, or to contro
  16. How to install Cortana on a Raspberry Pi with Windows 10 IoT Core Setting up Cortana on the Raspberry Piusing Windows 10 IoT Core is relatively easy. Once you have everything you need, you can get Cortana up and running in as little as 30 minutes. Here’s a list of what you need. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ SanDisk 32GB microSD card (<40 Mbps) The Nokia MD-12 would a be a perfect accessory for this project. You need be able to hear Cortana and Cortana needs to hear you. So any kind of Bluetooth speaker with a microphone will work or ev
  17. Microsoft is rolling out a Cortana update with new design on Windows 10 It looks like a new server-side update is rolling out to Cortana in Windows 10 October 2018 Update with noticable changes. The latest server-side update to Cortana revamps the homepage interface to bring it in line with the changes that have been tested by Microsoft in preview builds of Windows 10 19H1. Microsoft insists Cortana is here to stay and updates are r
  18. Cortana gets a significant update for Windows 10 20H1 PCs Microsoft has been slowly cutting back on the features supported by their voice assistant, Cortana, including removing its integration from Android handsets and taking away support for basic features such as setting timers. It seems the company has now started the phase of building it back up again, with ALumia reporting that Microsoft has released a significant update for Cortana Beta, taking it to version 2.1912.18729.0, which introduces a number of new features.
  19. Microsoft is killing off its Cortana mobile apps everywhere except the U.S. next year If you're a fan of Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant and you live outside of the U.S., you're in for some bad news, although that should frankly be no surprise. The company is ending support for the Cortana mobile app on iOS and Android as of January 31, as noted in a support document published this week. The support document is from the UK, as Microsoft isn't killing the app if you're in the United States. Indeed, the page also notes that Cortana is being re
  20. Microsoft's new Cortana app for Windows 10 gets productivity-focused updates Microsoft is working on a new Cortana app for Windows 10, and it's been in testing with Insiders in the 20H1 development branch for some time now. Today, Microsoft shared a blog post detailing some new changes coming to this new Cortana experience, specifically for users in the Fast ring. The updates are aimed at boosting productivity, which is part of Microsoft's vision for Cortana, positioning it as an assistant for productivity. Some of the changes were already known of, like th
  21. If you've fallen and you can't get up, your smart assistant is probably not the best way to ask for help. A new study from the University of Alberta, published Tuesday in the medical journal The BMJ, tested smart assistants Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant on their ability to respond helpfully to first aid questions. While Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa way outperformed Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana, the results as a whole were underwhelming. The researchers asked all of the smart assistants 123 questions on 39 first aid topics such as
  22. Microsoft patent has Cortana providing insights on your messages Microsoft has filed another patent (via Windows United) on making Cortana easier and more natural to use. This one is about being more intelligent with messages. The image above pretty much lays out what this is all about. The voice assistant is saying that the user has an email from their boss, an email to check in for a flight, and a message requesting the resume. In doing so, the voice assistant is summarizing each of the messages, rather than reading through the whole thing. It's also intel
  23. Microsoft confirms Cortana for iOS and Android killed off everywhere except USA, reveals when Surface Buds are coming Speaking to VentureBeat, Microsoft’s Andrew Shuman, the successor to Javier Soltero and Corporate Vice President for Cortana, confirmed that Cortana for iOS and Android would be withdrawn from all international markets except USA. Microsoft has previously announced that the app will no longer be supported in only 8 countries, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, and the U.K. Microsoft said the US would be an exception for two reasons – one to
  24. Cortana now available as an app in Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users Cortana beta app is now available for download from Microsoft Store. Microsoft’s digital assistant was baked into Windows 10 OS right from the start. Due to this tight integration, Cortana got major updates only when Windows 10 OS got major updates. It looks like Microsoft has now finally decided to release Cortana as a standalone app in Microsoft Store. This move w
  25. Microsoft patented an automated quick task system that works alongside Cortana Soon, it will be faster and more efficient to respond to schedule-based task requests on your Microsoft device. A recently published patent by Microsoft describes an automated, audio channel quick task system, that focuses on streamlining communication and feedback processes. Here’s what it will look like: “You received an e-mail from Jan. If you have an opening in your schedule tomorrow, she would like to meet to discuss the ABC project. You and Jan have an opening in your calendars from
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