Beyond voice recognition: Windows Phone’s Cortana anticipates your needs


April 17, 2014


Cortana, the world’s first truly personal digital assistant, is available soon on Windows Phone 8.1. Powered by Bing, Cortana is driven by state-of-the-art algorithms using natural language, machine learning, and contextual signals that benefit from advances incubated at Microsoft Research. This approach uses the massive clickstream-feedback loop of web search, along with additional semantics and data. This approach enables Cortana to grow in breadth of domains that cover the web: from the more common “head” queries and conversations to the less frequent “tail”—all at a personal level, empowering Cortana to provide robust personal assistance that becomes even more advanced over time.