BY | September 16, 2013

This is going to be very enticing news for many of us. Apple Siri vs Microsoft Cortana is set to begin as personal assistant app for Windows Phone 8 OS is being readied for launch.

Microsoft is reportedly working on its Apple Siri and Google Now rival to pack in the next edition of Windows Phone. In fact, we were given a clue about this service through an unknown Cortana app in the screenshots of an early Windows Phone build leak back in June. It means we are most likely to get a Microsoft voice assistant app in the new edition of Windows Phone update, possibly WP 8 Blue late this year.

More details are now coming out about the Cortana voice assistant app. It is heard that the service is not going to feature only in Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but all flavors of Windows including the PC OS, tablets as well as Microsoft’s gaming device, the Xbox One. The “z” in the name of the app in the formerly leaked screenshots reportedly stood to indicate that it was a test build.

The Cortana app is now to make its official entry to the Microsoft mobile OS through the upcoming and long-touted Windows Phone Blue update. It is still not sure when the update would emerge out, some claim it might happen this fall, while some think it would arrive early next year only.

By the way, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer has almost confirmed a feature like an exclusive voice assistant app in the name of a “service-enabled shell” that would connect a family of devices, maybe WP phones, Windows tablets, Windows PCs and Xbox One and more.

“Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world. Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding seamlessly to what people ask for, and even anticipating what they need before they ask for it,” Microsoft CEO says referring to a service that looks identical to Apple Siri.

RELATED

HDFC Bank denies report of JM Financial merger   Mumbai: After posting its lowest ever net profit in any quarter in the 4th quarter, the company seems to be perturbed by a news report that the JM Financial stock was set to merge with Mumbai based...

RBI for 2-stage authentication due to online banking frauds   The number of online frauds is going up pretty fast. Almost on a daily basis dozens of such frauds are reported to the police and banks.   The criminals are becoming hi-tech and they are cleverly...

ATM

Sony Xperia M2 Dual with 4.8-inch display, 8MP camera @ Rs 21990   For Rs 21,990 you can lay your hands on Xperia M2 Dual smartphone. This mid-range mobile has been launched by Sony keeping in mind the Indian market.     The dual-SIM variant of the...

QRxPharma’s Moxduo painkiller rejected twice by FDA   QRxPharma went down and down at stock market immediately after it became known that the FDA has refused to backs its painkiller combination.   The hammering was the worst in the last seven...

HTC open to buying Nokia’s Chennai plant, Microsoft silent   Is Taiwanese tech giant HTC set to charter a new course by entering the Indian smartphone market? A top company official has said that it is ready to buy Nokia’s troubled Chennai...

Rupee at its lowest against US dollar in last one month   Mumbai: Indian Rupee has hit its lowest point against US dollar in the last one month. At the time of writing this news piece Indian Rupee was at 60.78.   The Indian currency was trading even lower...