We all know that Microsoft was late in the mobile game. However, the game we’re talking of here isn’t only about creating a mobile operating system but about extending to mobile search, mobile maps, mobile apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), mobile ads, etc. Mobile devices like smartphones are increasingly becoming the primary computing devices for billions worldwide while desktops and laptops are slowly becoming obsolete. Of course, they won’t completely disappear, but they’re becoming less dominant as compared to the recent past. Microsoft used to be the leader in the desktop and laptop segments, but when it comes to mobile computing they’re struggling to establish their presence in the market.
It’s been quite some time since digital assistants hit the scene. Siri popularized the program with her iconic voice and ease of use. Apple revolutionized the concept with voice recognition and location services that allowed Siri to see where you were and remembered what you said. Responses weren’t a lifeless robotic voice, but a human one. You could change her name, her gender, her language all with the touch of a button or by telling her to. Siri kept reminders, suggested locales for eating, shopping, having fun or whatever you are looking for at the time. She could call anyone in your contact list as well as dialling any foreign number.
This post will cover Cortana which is Microsoft personal assistant in Windows 10 technical preview 9926 in depth, it’ll inform you with the ins and outs of it and how to make the most out of it and to properly control it. Before starting it’s worth noting that to have access Cortana you’ve to access Windows 10 using your Microsoft account (any email on Hotmail/outlook) and not an offline account.
Microsoft is continuing to prove to be quite a contender for longtime tech rival, Apple. Apple, on the other hand is receiving threats left and right from fellow tech companies. In the last year, we have seen considerable improvements from a variety of companies, who have all seem to have gotten on the road to perfection in terms of one…