Meet Cortana,

your very own personal assistant

Discover everything Cortana can do for you

  • Provide updates

    Provide updates

    Cortana keeps an eye on what matters to you

    Based on your life and what you like, Cortana keeps you in the know. She’ll tell you about upcoming events, concerts, and sporting events, let you know what your day looks like, find the latest news you care about, and show you how your investments are doing.

  • Give you reminders

    Give you reminders

    Forget about forgetting with Cortana

    Cortana is the best digital assistant for reminders. Create reminders based on location and time, so she can help you remember to pick up milk when you’re at the store. Or set reminders based on people, so she can remind you to wish your dad a happy birthday when he calls.

  • Complete tasks

    Complete tasks

    Need help? All you have to do is ask.

    There’s not much Cortana can’t do. Ask her to set an alarm, open an app, set up a meeting, call someone, send an email, get directions, play music, take notes, set a reminder, search for a file, adjust settings, send a text message -- and much, much more.

  • Search for you

    Search for you

    Go from searching to doing in a snap

    Using Cortana is the fastest, easiest way to search for stuff on your device, the cloud, and the web. Just ask her to search for the latest news, the status of a flight, or when daylight savings time is. You can also ask her to find the PowerPoint deck you edited last night, the photos on OneDrive you took in New York, or the Word doc called Spring Budget that you saved last month and now can’t find.

As you get to know Cortana, she gets to know you

It’s all in Cortana’s notebook.

Cortana learns about you over time based on the information you provide in the notebook, becoming more useful every day. She can suggest things like books to read or movies to see based on what you like. She can even detect things like flight or shipping confirmations in your email and offer to track them for you. But as smart as she is, you control what Cortana knows through the notebook. And you can edit or delete what’s in it whenever you want.

A Windows phone and laptop, both with Cortana up on the screen
A Windows phone with Cortana on the screen

Cortana knows a lot, including how to have fun

Need a good chuckle or have some time to kill? Cortana can even help with that. Ask her to sing you a song, tell you a joke, or do an impression. She has answers to hundreds of questions, and some will definitely surprise you. Cortana can also play games, like the Movie Game. But just so you know, she’s really good.