Microsoft's Digital Assistant Cortana Spied on Windows 9
New leaks reveal that one of Windows Phone 8.1's standout features, Cortana, is on the "threshold" of appearing on Microsoft's next desktop operating system.The Windows 9 leaks keep piling up. New screenshots of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 9 operating system have surfaced online, lending pixel-based proof to rumors that the company's digital assistant is making the leap from Windows Phone. WinFuture, a German technology Website, published another batch of Windows 9 (Technical Preview Build 9834) images that contain multiple references to Cortana, Microsoft's voice-enabled assistant. Cortana, named after the AI character featured in the company's popular Halo game series, is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri and Google Now. The new images seemingly show a sample entry in the preview software's reminder application, appropriately dubbed Remind Me. One reminder makes mention of checking out Cortana. Accompanying the note are reminder options that call to mind Cortana's time-, location- and person-based notifications. Microsoft first officially unveiled Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 during the software giant's annual Build developer conference in April. During a live, on-stage demonstration, the technology impressed with its ability to connect multiple data points and sources for genuinely useful alerts, guidance and reminders.
Powered, in part, by Microsoft's Bing search technology, Cortana can suggest that a user leave her office early to avoid being late for an off-site meeting when traffic conditions take a turn for the worse. Users can also set reminders, triggers and other actions when they are in the vicinity of a designated location or when certain contacts call.