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Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant

Cortana is designed to help you get things done. Ready on day one to provide answers and complete basic tasks, Cortana learns over time to become more useful every day. Count on Cortana to stay on top of reminders and work across your devices.

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Getting Started

Cortana launch screen

Launch Cortana

Select the Cortana search box on the task bar to get started.

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Sign In

For a personalised experience, sign in with your Microsoft account by selecting “Cortana can do much more”.

Cortana reminder screen

Try setting a reminder

Just type “Remind me to…” or say “Hey Cortana remind me…” to get started.

Discover what Cortana can do for you

Cortana is great at reminders and helping you keep your commitments. She can remind you to do things based on time, places or even people. You can also add a photo to your reminder as an easy visual cue.

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Time-based reminders

Set a reminder with a specific time or day, such as 3 p.m. or every Monday, so Cortana can remind you exactly when you need to know.

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Location-based reminders

Set a reminder with a location, such as the supermarket, so Cortana can remind you to pick up milk the next time you are shopping.

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Photo reminders

Add a photo to your reminders, like your child’s favourite game, so you are reminded about it the next time you’re shopping.

Cortana-enabled apps

Cortana has a team of experts – more than a thousand apps and services that she partners with to help you get things done. Cortana can order lunch when you are pressed for time.

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