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Well, that didn't take long: The first video of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 has leaked just a day after the first images of the feature were also leaked.

Posted by UnleashThePhones, the video shows the general appearance of Cortana as well as many of its capabilities. One aspect not revealed, however, is what Cortana will sound like. A recent rumor indicated Jen Taylor, the voice actress behind the Halo franchise's Cortana character that the digital assistant is named after, will lend her skills to the feature.

As seen in the video, Microsoft describes Cortana as "a personal assistant on your phone, ready to help with reminders, suggestions, tasks and lots more." Cortana will require a Microsoft Account to function, and it will warn users before it collects information such as locations, contacts and email for its intelligent learning habits.

Users can set "quiet hours" for Cortana, which will stop notifications from being sent. An "inner circle" can be created to allow certain contacts to bypass quiet hours, however, or a busy message can be sent in response. The video also shows how Cortana will learn a user's habits by allowing him or her to select the two "most enjoyable parts of your everyday evening." It will also learn a user's food choices by asking the two most important aspects of food, such as "what's healthiest" or "what's most delicious."

The video doesn't show any sort of vocal prompt to request Cortana's help; instead, users will just press a button to use the digital assistant with natural language. As indicated by recent reports, a long press of the search button will also activate Cortana.

Microsoft is expected to formally unveil Cortana alongside the rest of Windows Phone 8.1 at its Build 2014 conference next month.
Doesn't show much, I wish it had voice already frown.gif
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They would call it Cortana... tongue.gif
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Can you really blame them?
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They would call it Cortana... tongue.gif

There was debate about if it was actually going to be called Cortana at release, this leak seems to imply they are biggrin.gif

I really like what MS is doing with this update smile.gif
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I will be livid if WP8 devices won't be allowed to update.
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They would call it Cortana... tongue.gif
There best selling game was halo, smartphones are more for entertainment rather than business, windows phones use xbox as their software package names, cortana is an awesome voice actor, and was a virtual ai in the game series, so it's a very valid name, and in the future we will have holographic cortana dancing around on our phone and our electronic glasses
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They would call it Cortana... tongue.gif

they will regret that decision soon enough. smile.gif
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I will be livid if WP8 devices won't be allowed to update.

Agreed. Don't let us down Mr. Softy thumb.gif
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I will be livid if WP8 devices won't be allowed to update.

I'm pretty sure what will happen is 1GB+ RAM devices will get the update and anything less will not. I base this on the seeming need to clear 520/521 stock while the 525's only real advancement is the 1GB of RAM.
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No all WP8 devices will be able to update to WP8.1 unless carriers have issues. In that case, you can always download the developer preview which is effectively the final release.

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