Who loves their virtual assistant? Do you use Siri? How bout Google? I enjoy trhe little trick questions now and then but are they really that helpful or relevant?

If we were in the ideal South Africa where WiFI was freely available everywhere or heck even bradband was as cheap as the rest of the world then yes I would use the heck out of my assistant! Hoping for future improvements on our growing economy and our strugle forward to become a first world country...blah blah blah

So back to the topic on hand, we are all (well most of us) familliar with Siri, but have you heard of Cortana?

Microsoft has recently entered the battle of the virtual assistants; it seems each one is focused on becoming better than the others, but how does Cortana compare to Siri and Google Now and is she any better?

Meet Cortana
Cortana is your personal assistant on your Windows Phone. She's there to help make things easier for you and keep you up to date on the things that matter to you.

What do you need help with?

What do you need help with?

Whether it’s to keep you looped in with your world or help you manage your everyday life, Cortana is there for you.

Some of Cortana's great features:

Quiet Hours:

Sometimes you just don't want to be disturbed. Unless, of course, it's really, really important or you're waiting to hear from someone. Cortana can manage quiet hours for your Windows Phone 8.1 when you'd prefer to be left alone. When it's on, any phone calls you get will go straight to voicemail, and all notifications will be silent (unless you've told Cortana you'd like to hear from the people in your your inner circle.)

She asks you questions:

Cortana is not like the other virtual assistants, why? Because she asks you questions too. As soon as you start Cortana up she will ask you some questions that are actually quite personal, but don’t get too flattered she is simply asking you these questions so your search results are more suited to you.

Reminders:
You can set reminders with Google Now and Siri, but Cortana lets you set reminders for when you’re communicating with someone. You can set Cortana to remind you to ask your boss for a raise next time you speak to him on the phone.

Third-party apps:
Cortana is a true digital assistant; she is a gateway to many different apps! Whether you want to check out someone’s profile on Facebook or tweet something on Twitter, just ask and Cortana will make it happen.

Unlike the other virtual assistants, Siri and Google Now, Cortana has a funky “personality” which makes her more of a helper than just something to ask for directions. Siri, Google Now or Cortana? Soon we will really see which the best virtual assistant for your phone is.

Am I the only one seeing the movie Her becoming a reality?!

Her Samantha OS


Do you have a Windows phone? Let us know what you think of her? Should we and Siri be jealous?

You can read more about Cortana here.

Cheers for now!
Rita Kraft
Weable Technologies

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Rita Kraft