We may have some extremely exciting news coming to us very shortly. According to sources, Cortana, the long rumored voice assistant that Microsoft is rumored to be developing for all Windows and Xbox devices, is said to be coming to us this spring, at least in preview form.
“While we’ve heard several times before that Microsoft is working on a voice assistant for Windows Phone, we haven’t seen any proof of it. Details keep coming up about the capabilities of the alleged voice assistant, including the ability to unlock the device using voice controls or the always listening mode, but as I said before, it’s all blind firing. According to a MSFTNerd, Cortana will make its first official appearance in April, and will launch as beta on Lumia devices for US developers.
The same leaker also mentioned the voice of Cortana will be played by Jen Taylor, the same celebrity who’s best known for her voice as Cortana in various Halo games, Zoey in Left 4 Dead, and a bunch of other games. Coming over to its launch in April, it’s a possibility as BUILD conference will take place in San Francisco where the Redmond giant is also expected to unveil the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 operating system”
While Windows Phone 8 is long due for a serious update, it’s very possible that Microsoft could delay a major change to the OS until the “Threshold” (a.k.a. Windows 9) series of updates comes in the Spring of next year. I don’t think I need to remind you that this is just a rumor and there’s no way to confirm the validity of these claims. It’s exciting to think about, though.
Still unknown, is whether the codename “Cortana” will be retained for retail. The source indicates it will be a Bing search assistant, claiming that you can activate it by voice by saying “Bing, tell me…” and then your question. If this is the case, why would Jen Taylor be voicing it? Needless to say, there are some inconsistencies in this rumor.