When Apple unveiled Siri, it was hailed as one of the best voice-based personal assistants. The crown remains with Siri to this day. Now, it is being reported that Microsoft is readying a voice-based personal assistant of its own called ‘Cortana.’
With Cortana, Microsoft is readying a service that will not be static, but alive and growing. The aim of the company is to build a personal assistant that can not only respond promptly to your functions but also learn over time and continue improving the experience.
In July, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer issued a memo which read, “Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world. Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding seamlessly to what people ask for, and even anticipating what they need before they ask for it.”
Reports suggest, this was his reference to Cortana. According to ZDNet, “Cortana will be more than just an app that lets users interact with their phones more naturally using voice commands. Cortana is core to the makeover of the entire “shell” — the core services and experience — of the future versions of Windows Phone, Windows and the Xbox One operating systems, from what I’ve heard from my contacts.”
For now, Cortana is in the works and it will take Microsoft a year or more to bring it to the public. However, if Microsoft is indeed able to live up to its claims, cited above, it may finally have someone that could out-do Siri.