What is Cortana?
Cortana is an intelligent personal assistant created by Microsoft that will help you find things on your PC, manage your calendar, track packages, find files, chat with you, and tell jokes. The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be.
Cortana is currently available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese language editions, depending on the software platform and region in which it is used
“Cortana very literally thinks like a person, but she does it at a tremendously faster speed,” said Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director at 343 Industries. “Her morality, her sense of humor and emotions are human. They’re real, and they’re ostensibly organic.”
Cortana uses Bing to provide direct answers to common questions. This is similar to Google’s Knowledge Graph. For example, you can ask questions like “Where is the lowest point on earth?” or “What is the tallest building in the world?” to get an immediate answer.
2- Set Reminders for Times, Places, and People
You can create a reminder and have Cortana remind you about something at a specific time, when you get to a specific location, or when you talk to a specific person. You can also just say something like “Remind me to take my pill at 8pm” or “Remind me to buy milk when I get to Kroger” to instantly create a reminder.
3- Check the weather
Cortana displays the current weather even if you don't press Enter. If you press Enter, Cortana also displays the five-day forecast.
4- Launch Programs
Cortana can launch programs for you. Just say “Launch Google Chrome” If you have the “Hey Cortana” voice shortcut enabled, this means you can just say “Hey Cortana, launch Google Chrome” to your PC and it will automatically open that app.
5- Just Chat
Like Siri, Cortana can “chat” about things and respond to silly questions with snappy answers. Ask Cortana a question like:
· How old are you?
· Tell me a joke.
· What's your favorite color?
· Why are we here?
You’ll find some other options I didn’t list here. For example, Cortana can play music, view sports scores and provide predictions, and offer dictionary definitions and translations for words. Microsoft will likely be adding new features to Cortana and improving the existing ones in free updates going forward.