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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:54 PM   #26
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Could this summary of The Verge's review be a little less confusing by replacing "Windows 8.1" with "Windows Phone 8.1?"

They really are two different products and of course criticism that they're so close as to be easily confused is valid.

Adding Cortana to Windows 8.1 would probably interest some, alienate others, but I haven't read where it's been officially suggested.
Thanks for pointing that out, it should have said Windows Phone 8.1 in that spot and is now fixed.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:55 PM   #27
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Interface looks cooler . Msft trying to shake things up the new CEO is getting sht done!!!
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:55 PM   #28
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Cortana is nice, but I would be totally stoked for GLaDOS.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:55 PM   #29
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at least they didn't copy apple like crazy with their mobile os.
This. I actually found new respect for Microsoft for at least trying to do something original this time, and the idea of tiles, while takes getting used to, is kinda catching stream in certain scenarios. I still prefer iOS, but Microsoft at least tried something original
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:56 PM   #30
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I knew this Windows phone thing was a bad idea...
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:56 PM   #31
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This is really cool and I like the "notebook" concept! Way to go MS.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:57 PM   #32
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Siri is fine on my iPad but she kept coming up on my iPhone 5S by accident with Touch ID so had to turn her off.

Does anyone know how to turn off voice control? (Not Siri.. the one with the blue screen)
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:57 PM   #33
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Not gonna lie. It all looks pretty solid.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:57 PM   #34
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So Cortana can be told not to check our emails and all. But Microsoft as a whole has full rights to check our email.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:59 PM   #35
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I just wish they'd get rid of Siri all together. I was probably one of the first people to turn it off on the iphone 4S.
Agreed. I played with Siri as has my wife. We found it an amusing thing but not actually useful in any way. Maybe it's that I just don't want to tell my system to do something. Maybe it's because when I ask it a question it without fail gives me the wrong answer. Maybe because when we say something it invariably misunderstands what we are saying (and we have midwestern accents, not a thick southern drawl, or Quebecois twang, or New York accent). Maybe because typing, even on an iPhone is far quicker and more accurate that trying to fight with Siri. Maybe because when I'm in a public place I don't want everyone around to know what I'm searching for/entering into my iPhone. Maybe it's because we just found it to be too much of a 'cool' gimmick over something actually useful.

So sure Google and not MS has something similar. If I end up with one of those systems I'll turn their version off too.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 02:59 PM   #36
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i'm an apple guy but it's hard not to have a crush on cortana. if they could make her appear...yum.

nice move on their part...with this and with the free windows. finally...someone is thinking over there. at least they didn't copy apple like crazy with their mobile os.
Yup. As a matter of fact, their mobile OS feels good, smooth, easy to use and learn, and it's quite customizable. A pity that there aren't as many apps yet (compared to what can be found in iOS's and Android's ecosystem), but I had the chance to use a windows phone for 11 days, and it really was a pleasure, I can't deny it.
And it IS different from iOS, not a bad copy like Android.
And it's much better than Android.
In terms of quality for mobile OS, the obvious two choices, in my opinion, are iOS and windows phone (I haven't yet tried Ubuntu and Mozilla's OSs).

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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:00 PM   #37
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Windows Phone 8.1 not Windows 8.1 . Typos in the article.

Edit: Oops. Too late.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:00 PM   #38
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Apple could respond licensing GLaDOS as digital assistant...
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:02 PM   #39
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I'm not saying Siri is a genius name... but Cortana? Who's running Microsoft, why would they pick a name that's not easy to say?
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:03 PM   #40
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Its just a waste of space. Isn't it still in beta after all these years?
No. And I use Siri all the time, so I'm glad it's on my iPhone.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:04 PM   #41
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One thing that I've always wanted with Siri, that Microsoft has included with Cortana, is the ability to type. I've been in public so often where it would be much easier to type a question or comment to Siri.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:05 PM   #42
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it's time apple opens up siri to devs
i really dig this 'notebook' idea
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:06 PM   #43
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Agreed. I played with Siri as has my wife.
That's a great list of everything that I hate about using "assistants" like Siri. My wife uses Siri to play back her emails and texts while she's in the car. About all I use it for is calling up songs from my growing music collection. Otherwise, it's just awkward and rarely lives up to my expectations.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:07 PM   #44
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Siri is fine on my iPad but she kept coming up on my iPhone 5S by accident with Touch ID so had to turn her off.

Does anyone know how to turn off voice control? (Not Siri.. the one with the blue screen)
You don't have to press down on the button to activate Touch ID. It uses the metal ring to detect your finger and then it activates itself.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:07 PM   #45
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You don't use Siri?

I'm surprised by everyone who says they don't use or like Siri. I use it EVERY day for things like...

"Call Jennifer Collins, mobile."
"Set timer for 15 minutes."
"Fast food near me."
"Search web for Tesla Model S."
"What's the weather like tomorrow?"

I also have the "Raise to Speak" feature turned on (Settings/General/Siri) so I can just raise the phone to my ear with a deliberate gesture and Siri is activated.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:08 PM   #46
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People are making fun or too much of the name but I believe this is important the same way that making Siri fun and personable is important.

Who do you want to tell your personal data to? Who do you trust your personal info with?

Siri/Apple?

Google Now/Google?

Cortana/Microsoft?

Siri has a big headstart in this aspect.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:09 PM   #47
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Finally, Microsoft does something cool for its phone

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I'm surprised by everyone who says they don't use or like Siri. I use it EVERY day for things like...

"Call Jennifer Collins, mobile."
"Set timer for 15 minutes."
"Fast food near me."
"Search web for Tesla Model S."
"What's the weather like tomorrow?"

I also have the "Raise to Speak" feature turned on (Settings/General/Siri) so I can just raise the phone to my ear with a deliberate gesture and Siri is activated.
Cool, I didn't realize Siri could set a timer. (seriously).
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:09 PM   #48
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It's not Cortana until the interface is this.

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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:10 PM   #49
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Its just a waste of space. Isn't it still in beta after all these years?
Hmm... The combination of your comment and profile picture describes your mission I think :roll eyes:
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 03:10 PM   #50
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I'm not saying Siri is a genius name... but Cortana? Who's running Microsoft, why would they pick a name that's not easy to say?
Maybe they are pandering to a younger male crowd because virtually every male under 40 probably has played Halo by now. By the same token, I wonder how this will go over with the female demographic. Cortana's avatar is, well, a bit risque.
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