Microsoft Could Acquire Nuance For $16 Billion
Microsoft has their own digital assistant in the form of Cortana, although admittedly it doesn’t seem to enjoy the same level of mainstream popularity compared to Siri or Google Assistant. This isn’t to say that Cortana isn’t good, but it definitely could stand to be improved, which is what Microsoft is reportedly considering.
Microsoft Shuts Down Cortana For iOS And Android
Just like many other tech companies, Microsoft wanted in on the digital assistant market and launched Cortana several years ago. Suffice to say that unlike other digital assistants like Google Assistant or Alexa, Cortana has not gained the same level of traction or use, despite them having launched it on platforms like iOS and Android.
Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Recordings To China With No Security In Place
It is no secret that companies such as Microsoft have been outsourcing the analysis of recordings made through platforms such as Cortana. The analysis is meant to help the company better understand how to improve their services, although we imagine that not many people are too thrilled at the idea.
Siri Is Apparently The 'World’s Biggest' Virtual Assistant
When it comes to virtual assistants, depending on the phone and platform you use, you could be using any number of virtual assistants ranging from Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and so on. But if there was a “world’s biggest” title when it comes to digital assistants, would Siri necessarily be a name that comes to mind?
Microsoft Will Kill Off Cortana On iOS And Android In 2020
While Google Assistant and Alexa might be at the forefront of everyone’s minds when it comes to digital assistants, thanks to the rise in popularity of smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo, let’s not forget that Microsoft also has a digital assistant of their own in the form of Cortana.
Some Windows Users Are Reporting That Cortana Hogging Their PC's Resources
Google Chrome has been known to be quite a memory hog, but for some users, they have no choice but to put up with it because of Chrome’s other features and perhaps they’ve used it for too long to want to make the switch. However, what if a feature that you never used ended up being a resource hog, wouldn’t that be annoying?
Third-Party Contractors Have Been Listening To Your Xbox Recordings
Voice-activated digital assistants sound like the convenience of the future that many of us have grown up seeing in movies, but is it really? Or rather, would you be willing to sacrifice some of your privacy in favor of convenience? Unfortunately, sometimes that choice seems to be made on behalf of the user.
Microsoft Says Humans Will Continue To Transcribe Cortana And Skype Audio
Recently there have been reports about how big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have actually been taking our audio recordings made through digital assistants and having them analyzed and transcribed by outside contractors. According to the companies, this was done in a bid to improve on the overall quality and accuracy of their products.
Windows 10 Update Will Allow Access To Third-Party Digital Assistants From The Lock Screen
Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana has been around for a while now, but it is largely underused when compared to other digital assistants like Google Assistant or Alexa. If you do like using digital assistants and would like to see greater functionality in Windows 10, then an upcoming Windows 10 update could be of interest to you.
Microsoft Wants To Turn Cortana Into An Alexa Skill
Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant has been around for much longer than Amazon’s Alexa has, but yet Alexa has quickly dominated the scene, so much so that it seems that Microsoft has decided that if they can’t beat them, maybe they should join them. This is what Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella had hinted at in a report from Business Insider.
Microsoft Testing Separating Search And Cortana In Windows
Microsoft has tried putting Cortana into many places, such as Windows where the digital assistant can be found in the search bar. However it seems that Microsoft is now trying a different approach where they have announced that they will be testing out separating the features from each other.
Cortana Will Soon Stop Interrupting Users During Windows 10 Setup
It probably goes without saying that Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are currently at the top when it comes to digital assistants. Microsoft’s Cortana has been around for a while now although it never really did quite catch on, at least not in the way that Microsoft was hoping for. This is why it’s not surprising that the company might want to introduce users to Cortana any chance they get.
Smart Speaker Test Finds Google Assistant To Be The Most Accurate
There are a variety of smart speakers in the market today, although for the most part it is dominated by the likes of Amazon and Google. Both companies have the advantage of having a large number of third-party companies adopting their tech, but does that mean that they are better?
Microsoft Cortana Gets A Redesigned App For iOS & Android
iOS has Siri and Android has Google Assistant, so Microsoft’s Cortana’s existence on either platform does put it in a somewhat weird position, but it is there nonetheless or those who might prefer using Cortana for whatever reason. Now it looks like Microsoft is working on an update to the software that will give it a redesign.
Microsoft Launches Noise-Cancelling Surface Headphones
Microsoft is a company known primarily for their software such as Windows and Office, and to a certain extent hardware as well, such as with their Surface lineup of computers and tablets. However it seems that Microsoft is now branching into audio devices as the company has officially announced the Surface Headphones.
Alexa & Cortana’s Integration Begins Rolling Out
The digital assistant scene at the moment is feeling very crowded. You have Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, Cortana, and Bixby, just to name a few of the more popular ones. This has led to the fragmentation of smart home devices which can only use one digital assistant, but not anymore.
Researchers Find That Cortana Can Be Used To Hack Windows 10 PCs
Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant that they have bundled with its Windows operating system. It is designed to help users accomplish various tasks, although it also seems to suffer from a bug that could allow hackers to actually use Cortana to hack the Windows 10 PC that it is installed on.
Study Finds Google Assistant Is The Most Accurate Amongst The Competition
There are many digital assistants in the market today, and obviously not all of them were created equal and according to a recent study conducted by Stone Temple, it seems that they have found that Google Assistant is the most accurate digital assistant amongst the competition, at least as far as this year is concerned.
Cortana May Soon Arrive In Outlook For iOS And Android
Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that it wants to integrate its digital assistant Cortana with as many of its products and services as it possibly can. Perhaps that’s why it’s not surprising to hear that the company has been testing Cortana integration within the Outlook app for iOS and Android. If Microsoft is satisfied with the results that it gets from this test then it may not […]