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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

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Launch Cortana

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

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Sign In

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

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Try setting a reminder

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

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Cortana is here to help across your devices

Cortana is available for Windows, Android and iOS devices.1 Because your life isn’t limited to one device, neither is she. Set a reminder on your PC and have it pop up on your smartphone – or vice versa. With integration of Office 365 and your phone’s notifications, she’s there when you need her.

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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 3PM 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 grocery store, so Cortana can remind you to pick up milk the next time you are at the store.

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Photo reminders

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

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Cortana makes it quick and easy to make a list and keep track of the things you need to remember. For example, add all of the ingredients for dinner, work to-dos, DIY projects at home or reading lists for a weekend of relaxing.

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Integration with more than a thousand 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, get you an Uber and so much more.

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1 Compatible with Android 4.0 and above, iOS 8 and above, and Windows phone. Must have the Cortana app installed.