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Cortana, the voice assistant arrives with Windows Phone 8.1

From Microsoft they emphasize that Cortana largely uses Bing technology to be able to offer better results in searches and in the information that it must show to the users of its mobile terminals. In fact, Cortana hopes to take advantage of the experience of other attendees and the ability of the Internet to offer more information and resources to the user, while taking advantage of the user’s personal information stored on the Windows Phone device to anticipate our preferences and show us the most related to our searches.

It will have its own Live Tile within the system and will replace the Windows Phone search function, but it will also be able to take notes, send reminders, know the places we frequent (our home and work), and it will even have a “Notebook” with the interests of the user, including your “inner circle” of favorites You can also read our mail, with our permission, and track our trips and flights.

“Cortana is the first truly personal digital assistant”, they proclaim from the company, insisting on the possibility of speaking naturally to the device, instead of using predefined phrases.

The update will take place soon. Stephen Elop, who was Nokia’s CEO and soon to be Microsoft’s future head of devices when the acquisition is complete, noted that Windows Phone 8.1 will be coming to all Lumia devices this summer.

Microsoft has also improved the Windows Phone keyboard, which features auto-correction for more efficient typing, and has added the Explorer 11 browser, with its reading mode and private browsing option. Everything will come with the update of the mobile operating system.

Along with Cortana, Microsoft has also announced new versions of Windows Phone 8.1, as well as Windows 8.1 Update. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of a new start menu for current users of the Windows 7 version, similar to Windows 8, which will be released as a free update.