Cortana to be more "assistive than assistant" says Microsoft executive

With the virtual personal assistant market currently led by Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft has new plans for Cortana. That’s according to Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Cortana Javier Soltero, who says that Cortana will become more assistive than assistant. By that, he means that Microsoft plans on embedding Cortana inside multiple devices where it can be useful by completing tasks or acting proactively for users.

Soltero said during an interview with ZDNet, that Microsoft might have missed out on the thriving smart speaker market. The executive said that the software giant …


Microsoft's Cortana is finally on top! For businesses at least

A company called Spiceworks has surveyed over 500 companies in Europe and North America regarding digital assistant usage in the workplace. AI-powered assistants have become commonplace across many of our devices. They exist on our smartphones, smartwatches, computers, individual apps and even live inside their own speakers. They can control everything from our phone, to our lights or air conditioning and even our PC’s. It is no wonder that businesses may be interested in utilizing these digital helpers to streamline the workflow of their employees. 

So who came out …

Cortana beta subscribers receive new features on Android

Those who have joined the beta program for Cortana on Android are receiving a new feature. Cortana is now able to read incoming messages aloud. Now that Cortana will also be able to send messages and make calls, it makes the app feel a bit more complete. The feature is enabled by default and works when your Android device is connected via Bluetooth to your car audio system or another audio device. There is also the option to have it enabled only when using a wired headset (if you still have a headphone jack). For those who do not need it, he feature can be disabled by the user in the …

Cortana on Microsoft Launcher sees new beta features

Microsoft Launcher is currently ranked sixth in the free personalization category of the Google Play Store. The app is free to download and has some great features, especially when it comes to integration within the Microsoft ecosystem. It also has some decent options to customize your home screen. The most recent addition to the launcher is Cortana integration. The app is capable of placing Cortana voice commands both on your home screen as well as the feed that appears on the launcher when you swipe right. The launcher version of Cortana may not offer as many features as the dedicated app, …

Cortana will soon get a major new feature on Android smartphones

It looks like Microsoft’s Cortana has been further improved with one mandatory feature that all personal digital assistants should include at launch: the option to call and text by voice.

The new feature is coming to the beta version of the app for the moment, but Microsoft makes it available to all Android devices in just a couple of weeks if testing goes smooth. 

In case you’re wondering what support for calling and texting via Cortana voice input means, you can think of it like hands-free calling and texting. If you’re using the beta version of Cortana …

Microsoft reportedly bringing Cortana integration to Outlook for Android and iOS

Shortly after Microsoft’s Outlook for Android and iOS boss Javier Soltero moved to leading the Cortana team, new reports claim the Redmond-based company plans to bring the digital assistant to the email app.

Apparently, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans told The Verge that Cortana integration on Outlook for Android and iOS is now being tested internally, and if results are positive, then the feature will be part of a beta program before going public.

The report also mentions Cortana integration will allow Outlook users on Android and iOS to take advantage of voice control features …

Deal: Grab the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Microsoft's Cortana at half price

It looks like both Harman Kardon and Microsoft are looking to get rid of the relatively new Invoke smart speaker powered by Cortana. The device made its debut on the market late last year, but it has already been the subject of some deep price drops.

Back in November, the Invoke went on sale for half off, even though it was launched on the market less than a month prior to that. If you missed the opportunity to grab the smart speaker when its price was reduced by 50%, you’ll be pleased to know the same deal is available once again.

Harman Cardon’s Invoke smart speaker is on sale at …

Microsoft Launcher for Android now includes Cortana integration

The Microsoft Launcher for Android has received an update that adds Cortana integration to version 4.6 of the app. The update also allows you to add the Daily Bing Wallpaper to your home screen or lock screen, or both. You can also choose which contacts to put on your people card, and place widgets into the dock. Lastly, you can also pin a searched app or contact to the home screen.

The Microsoft Launcher allows you to change the wallpaper on your phone, or use theme colors or icon packs. Take a picture on your phone and it will show up on your Windows PC. With the app, you can set up a …

Cortana comes to the Apple iPad with an optimized UI that fits the larger screen sizes

Not every iOS user is in love with Siri. Some have installed other virtual assistants including Google Assistant, Alexa and Cortana. Speaking of the latter, Cortana for iOS has been updated and now offers Apple iPad users a design made “exclusively” for Apple’s line of tablets. The UI matches the look of the Apple iPhone version of the app, but is made to fit the 7.9-inch to 12.9-inch displays that come with the iOS powered slates.

In addition, the changelist for the app points out that Cortana now opens 20% faster. That means you won’t have to wait long to have your inquiry answered, or …

Deal: Buy Microsoft's Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana at half price

Microsoft fans rejoice, as the company is running a great promotion on the recently launched Harman Kardon Cortana-enabled speaker, the Invoke.

Although previous rumors suggested the speaker may be available on the market for no more than $150, the Invoke hit the shelves weeks ago for no less than $200.

The good news is Microsoft now offers the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker at half price. It’s now available on Microsoft’s online store for just $99.95, exactly $100 cheaper than the retail price.

Also, customers get to choose between Graphite and Pearl …