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Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Microsoft has been working hard to expand its presence on devices, including its recent announcement of 20 additional Android device partners that will bundle the maker’s productivity apps. This evening as the Lenovo Tech World event kicks off, it has been announced Microsoft has teamed up with Lenovo for a joint effort involving Cortana and its own REACHit software. By mixing the two, Cortana is able to facilitate more extensive access to data for Lenovo users, leveraging REACHit’s ability to hunt for data across a bunch of big-name cloud services and any Lenovo tablet/PC running Windows 10.

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Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Sounds like Siri is in for some competition. Over on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that its own voice-powered assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Android platform. It seems that Microsoft is gearing up to have Cortana graduate from Windows-exclusivity, and exist as a cross-platform app on non-Windows devices. We were only treated to a few quick glimpses of the app in a video, but the voice assistant appears to work much like it does on the Windows Phones of today.

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Windows 10 Build 10074: Aero Glass, more Cortana, Spotlight

Windows 10 Build 10074: Aero Glass, more Cortana, Spotlight

If you hadn't had your fill of Windows 10 news yet, then maybe you have room to spare for word of Microsoft's latest build now going out to Windows Insiders. Number 10074 pretty much sums up all the leaks, improvements, and announcements that have been accumulating over the past weeks, finally culminating in the massive round of revelations at BUILD this week. The changes for this latest iteration of Windows 10 is quite massive, but there are, of course, a few highlights to be mentioned.

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Cortana’s new Windows 10 features at BUILD 2015

Cortana’s new Windows 10 features at BUILD 2015

This week Microsoft is bringing light to a number of new features for Cortana in Windows 10. We're at BUILD 2015 and hearing all about what this new system will deliver to desktop systems, tablets, and phones as well. "Our goal is to make Windows 10 the most attractive development platform ever," said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Windows Chief, going on to suggest that developers can "integrate Cortana into [their] apps ... add natural user interactions to your apps like pen or speech, and turn your apps into holograms."

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Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo is one company that definitely doesn't have "quit" in its vocabulary. Predating but practically overthrown by Google and perhaps to some extent even Bing, Yahoo is always in search of new ways to generate income but without budging on its true calling. Under CEO Marissa Mayer, the company is hedging its bets on search. But it won't be taking on Google directly, though of course it will do that as well. Instead, it is training its guns on Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Yes, Yahoo will once again be entering the personal assistant arena. This time perhaps for real.

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Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Apple may have been the first to bring a voice-powered digital assistant to smartphones with Siri, but Microsoft followed up in a big way with its own Cortana. Named after the AI companion from the Halo video game series, Cortana has been available on a number of Windows Phone models, and is expected to play a big part in the forthcoming Windows 10. Obviously, being a Microsoft creation, Cortana has been limited to Windows devices. That is, until a couple of hackers managed to bring her to Android.

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Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Virtual, personal assistants seem to be the rave these days on mobile, from the big ones like Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and most recently BlackBerry Assistant, to the little known apps and services scattered throughout app markets. So it isn't surprising that we're hearing about another one called Sirius, a not so subtle play on Siri perhaps, but this software, and we can't call it product yet, hailing from the University of Michigan is a bit different. For one, it is open source software. And quite surprisingly, it has the financial support of Google.

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Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, is a cornerstone of the company’s move toward a more universal OS that spans screens. Whether it be phone, tablet, or desktop, we’ve seen Cortana become integral in Microsoft’s push forward. The company has also been making their other services like Office available to other platforms, like iOS. Now, it seems Microsoft is ready to take Cortana outside of the Windows platform as well. A new report says Microsoft will spin Cortana off into a standalone app, which they’ll make available for both iOS and Android.

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Spartan browser, Cortana play nice in leaked Windows 10 vid

Spartan browser, Cortana play nice in leaked Windows 10 vid

In Windows 10, Microsoft will be breaking from the past. Somewhat. And at least when it comes to web browsers. It will still ship with Internet Explorer "for legacy reasons", but it wants people to know that it is working on the next big thing, presently codenamed "Spartan". Unlike the bloat that is usually associated with IE, Spartan is absolutely minimal. It doesn't even have visible window borders! But more than just its looks, Spartan has a few talents to show, including a special friendship with Cortana.

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Siri, Cortana saves voice commands, passes to 3rd parties

Siri, Cortana saves voice commands, passes to 3rd parties

The recent privacy scandal that Samsung's Smart TVs have brought the issue of privacy and security with such voice-controlled features into the spotlight. But if you thought that Samsung was alone in this behavior, you'd be dead wrong. Perhaps it isn't common knowledge yet that smart assistants like Siri, Google Now, or even Cortana do keep your commands for some time for the purpose of improving services. But the duration of that storage as well as its reach is probably not so known. Until now.

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