Summary : A dumbed down version of Google Now
It’s no big news that Microsoft is trying their best to break into the smartphone market for a very long time now. Of course, they do realize that the majority of the market is dominated by Android and iOS and it’s not really easy to interest their users in Window phones overnight. This is why the company has been slowly releasing apps on both the Play and App Store in hopes to persuade users to jump ship by showcasing what the Windows platform has to offer. Cortana is the latest app that has been released in this regard.
Cortana as you may already know is Microsoft’s version of a personal assistant, much like Apple’s Siri and Google Now. The app allows users to set reminders, sync PC to the phone, access information, take notes or have a conversation with Master Chief’s personal AI assistant all by using voice commands.
The app itself is not a big deal for any person who has ever used Siri or Google Now as Cortana quite simply lacks a lot of functionality that the previous two offer. Of course, the app has just been released and has a lot of improvement but I personally for one was a bit disappointed as Cortana was unable to perform quite a lot tasks such as sending a text via voice or having the universal “Ok Cortana” functionality that you have come to expect by using any Windows 10 device.
If all of these shortcomings weren’t enough, the fact that the app is compatible with only a handful of devices also doesn’t help its case either. All in all, Cortana still has a long way to go and right now is nothing more than a novelty item you can download just to test what a dumbed down version of Siri or Google Now would look like.
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