Windows Phone 8.1 will have its own personal voice assistant named Cortana which is said to be a mix of Siri & Google now. A few things have leaked about Cortana via the developer SDK  but nothing showing what Cortana will look like. Despite this there is lot of hype around it & one cay say that Cortana is equally hyped as Windows Phone 8.1.

Tom Warren from TheVerge has today posted a pic of Cortana over Twitter and this is what it is claimed to look like.

Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1

Following things were leaked about Cortana earlier

  • Cortana will replace the built-in Bing Search feature as your personal assistant
  • It will appear in the form of a circular animated icon (matching with the accent color)
  • It will animate while speaking, can bounce and throw emotions at you based on situations involved
  • Cortana will be powered by Bing, Foursquare and similar services at the back to give it an edge
  • Cortana will be controlled/guided by a Notebook feature at the core which will also act as a privacy control
  • Notebook will allow Cortana access information’s such as Location data, behaviours, personal data, contact information etc.
  • Cortana will learn things about user with time & can store this info to Notebook (after asking you). Any such information can be edited & deleted.
  • Cortana will use this info to address to users queries by voice or by text, will provide suggestions, reminders etc.
  • Cortana can greet you by name, will ask you if you need help and can answers to your questions.
  • It can pick-up lines from Messages & e-Mails as in from ‘Let’s meet on Sunday’ and would ask you if you would like to set a calendar entry for Sunday.
  • Cortana can assist you with contextual details on Weather, Stocks, Directions, Music etc based on your Locations and other details.
  • Cortana will also be able to manage ‘Quiet Hours’ (do not disturb feature), a new feature incoming with WP8.1. Quiet Hours will basically mute your notifications in the said period and Cortana will be able to manage it for you.