Cortana to Help Windows Users Keep Their Word on Promises in Email
The new Cortana Suggested Reminders feature is aimed at helping Windows 10 users follow up on the promises they make via email.Microsoft wants to make broken promises and the workplace conflicts they cause a thing of the past. A year ago, the Redmond, Wash. software giant previewed a new feature for Cortana that would help Windows 10 users honor the commitments they make via email. This week, the general public can finally take the technology, dubbed Cortana Suggested Reminders, for a spin. The feature requires that users add their Outlook.com or Office 365 work or school email accounts to the Cortana notebook under Connected Services. Once enabled, Microsoft's virtual assistant will keep tabs on those accounts in the background, helping users keep their word when they promise to do something. "Using machine learning technology developed in partnership with Microsoft Research, Cortana automatically recognizes when you make a commitment in email messages and will proactively suggest a reminder to you to follow through at just the right time," explained Marcus Ash, partner group program manager at Microsoft Cortana. After encountering this type of email, Cortana will automatically save the pertinent details in a new suggested reminder.
"If you've specified a deadline in the email, Cortana will ping you before it's due and save it in the action center," added Ash. Other suggested reminders will be in the Cortana home. No need to copy her on the email or change how you do things today, she will adapt to you."