Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Siri rival Cortana virtual assistant to hit Windows Phone 8.1

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is gearing up to release the Cortana virtual assistant rival on Windows Phone 8.1, according to leaked screenshots from The Verge. Microsoft did not use the holographic female avatar Cortana from Halo as the visual for the software. Instead Microsoft is going to use a small animated circle.

Cortana will have the ability to suggest action items to the user. It will also have the ability to extract information from e-mails like flight departure times and shipping statuses.

Cortana will have a Notebook that shows the information that the digital assistant has access to. You can select and deselect the apps from these settings. You will be able to set up a nickname for yourself with Cortana as well.

Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana is expected to arrive this spring.

[Image Credit: The Verge]