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  1. Microsoft details the new Cortana experience coming to Outlook for iOS app Microsoft today revealed the details about the new Cortana experience coming to Outlook for iOS users in the coming weeks. Here’s how you can access Cortana in Outlook app: New Ask Cortana microphone icon will be available when you press new event and message buttons on your Outlook Inbox and Calendar screens. Here’s how Cortana can help you in Outlook app: Cortana can help schedule new events and customize the event details on the scree
  2. Update rolls out “Hey Cortana” wake word to more Windows 10 users Microsoft disabled “Hey, Cortana” wake word support in the Windows 10 May 2020 update, but in November confirmed it was coming back. In the end, this rolled out very slowly, but today HTNovo reports that in the recent update to the Cortana app, taking it to version 2.2011.11613.0, the feature is now much more widely available. To enable it you first have to select it in the Cortana app settings: This will then direct you to the Voice Activation settings in Windows 10, which w
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can make your life easier and more efficient — if you know how to really take advantage of it. Microsoft Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana is one of the major additions to Windows 10 — and it’s a winner. Turn it on and Cortana alerts you to upcoming meetings; searches your PC and the web; tells you about the weather, news, and sports; and a lot more. To help you get the most out of Cortana, I’ve put together some of my favorite tips
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. “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
  13. 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
  14. Microsoft drops Cortana consumer skills in new Windows 10 update Refocusing on productivity Cortana on Windows 10 is getting some changes, Microsoft announced today, as the company shifts focus for what it wants its personal assistant to be. The new Cortana will emphasize productivity features, like helping to manage your schedule, adding to-do items, or sending emails. As part of that shift, Microsoft is removing some of the older consumer-facing functionality like the ability to control music, manage a smart ho
  15. Cortana could be renamed to Microsoft 365 Assistant, integrate with Teams Last week, we heard that Cortana was getting many of its consumer-facing features stripped out, as Microsoft shifts the assistant's focus towards productivity. In line with that vision, Brad Sams of Petri has reported that Microsoft is now referring to Cortana as the Microsoft 365 Assistant internally, and that name could end up becoming official. Cortana's current name comes from a character in the videogame franchise Halo, and seeing as the digital assistant has less and less to do
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  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. 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
  25. 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.
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