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Monday 22 September 2014

Virtual assistant showcased for Windows phone

Published 02/04/2014 | 20:31

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 02:  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrates Cortana, a new digital personal assistant function for Windows phones, as he delivers a keynote address during the 2014 Microsoft Build developer conference on April 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Satya Nadella delivered the opening keynote to kick off the 2014 Microsoft Build developer conference which runs through April 4.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrates Cortana, a new digital personal assistant function for Windows phones (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Microsoft is showcasing a new virtual assistant as part of an upcoming update for Windows phones.

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The assistant, named Cortana, tries to be chatty like Siri on Apple's iPhones and iPads while anticipating information you might want, like Google Now on Android devices.

Cortana will warn you of conflicts when you add items to your calendar and it will remind you to ask about the new dog your sister just got the next time you communicate with her, whether that's by phone, chat or email.

It will offer to remind you of upcoming travel by scanning your email.

Microsoft unveiled Cortana on Wednesday.

It also announced a new action centre for the Windows Phone system as a hub for app notifications and information such as remaining battery life. 

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