Here's Microsoft's Siri-like "Cortana" in action

Leaked video shows off Microsoft's heavily rumored personal digital assistant.

Microsoft's heavily rumored Siri-like personal digital assistant "Cortana" remains officially unannounced, but the evidence for its existence continues to mount.

UnleashThePhones.com has posted an extended video showing off what appears to be Cortana. It's the first time we've seen the service in action. Unfortunately, it lacks a speaking voice believed to be performed by none other than Cortana actor Jen Taylor.

Cortana is Microsoft's rival to Apple's Siri and Google Now. As gamers will no doubt know, it takes its name (or potentially code-name) from the holographic artificial intelligence character Cortana from the Halo series.

The Cortana service for Windows Phone will reportedly be able to learn and adapt, allowing it to address you by your name or a nickname. You'll also reportedly be able to ask Cortana to perform tasks for you like "wake me at 7 a.m." to set an alarm.

GameSpot sister site CNET reports that Cortana will be an opt-in service, so you won't have to use it if you don't want to. Unsurprisingly, you'll need a Microsoft Account to use Cortana, which will officially replace Bing, according to the report.

Cortana is expected to launch as part of Windows 8.1 in late March or early April. Support for other Microsoft devices like Windows computers and Xbox consoles could come later.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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75 comments
Netmeister
Netmeister

If the voice ends up being Jen Taylor, I think I may just EXPLODE!!

nicecall
nicecall

make her naked or we won't use it microsoft

poopmasterer
poopmasterer

Oh God! Whats next? An assistant from Nintendo named Navi!

*dun dun tiss*

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Well, that video was a waste of my time. And not even one word spoken!

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Now if only smartphones could project holographic images...

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

at some point these digital assistants need to offer customizable voice options.

i'd love to have my phone tell me "good morning Dave" in the same voice as Jeff Goldblum's laptop from Independence Day

deadpen
deadpen

will this app be like siri where it is completely a waste of time to ask her anything for an entire week each month? 

bourne714
bourne714

That video sucked.  I was hoping cortana was going to start freaking out do to her rampancy. lol

teller76567
teller76567

Lmao how is that better then Siri i love my iphone i love my Siri, Microsoft's Cortana is just a joke. An creepy as all hell.

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

Forget Cortana, Deep Winter is where its at.

mattress805
mattress805

Caption reads under the above picture; "Cortana exclaims, ' Oh weary Xbone owner. Place all your valuables In my palm. Including your testicles. And ye shall witness the amazing power of the Cloud and voice commands'". Lol

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Wait, a video of a voice, without the voice? I'm lost for words.

saw3624
saw3624

Waste of time, this "video."  I was interested to hear the voice, but no such luck.

enoslives7
enoslives7

LMFAO.

Make room in the bargain bin next to the Zune, Kin, Windows Phone, Origami, and xBone.

lomar07
lomar07

Dafuq! since when Cortana became deaf?

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

Is this really a leak? There's a name and face of the person who "leak" the video on his youtube channel... 

adambomb007
adambomb007

Windows phone is actually really good, just not as 'cool' as iphone. I have android but I would definitely get a windows phone over iphone any day.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Have her say "good morning chief" when you turn on the phone and I'll buy 30

blackothh
blackothh

a little late to the party guys........

atopp399
atopp399

 Hard to get excited for something that has been around on more poplar devices for a long time.  Even Google and Samsung have decent voice control.

kingnothing47
kingnothing47

It sounds fun until you land a date with a respectable girl and it pisses her off "I AM A TESTAMENT TO ALL YOUR SINS! USER HAS VISITED REDTUBE, XNXX, PORNHUB, XHAMSTER....."

daviz88
daviz88

boooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARKHAM KNIGHT is the news of the week

Riddick123
Riddick123

Does anyone here actually own a Windows phone?

jyml8582
jyml8582

@DeadrisingX1  Wow if I read your comment first I wouldn't have wasted my time watching that video either. Learned absolutely nothing from it.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@Spartan_418  I'd buy a Harry Carrey voiceover by Will Farrel. 

"Hey!  Hey there!  *insert rest of message here*"

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

@enoslives7 Xbone isn't quite flopping and Windows Phone is actually gaining market share. Not everything Microsoft does is doomed to fail.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

@Riddick123  

yeah it's simple and gets the job done 


i only wanted a durable phone, but i admit there is not many good games to chose from the crappy M$ store 



bigrob007
bigrob007

@Riddick123 I GOT THE NOKIA 1520, I love it. 6 inch screen, quad core cpu, five day battery life, by far the best piece of mobile hardware ive ever had.

cvantu
cvantu

@Riddick123 Windows Phone continues to grow as more carriers are picking it up. It's actually a very nice phone. I have very little complaints with it. The OS runs extremely smooth, it's easily organized, and has great integration with Facebook (which works for me considering one of my friends broke his phone, but he can still keep in contact easily).

JPL1982
JPL1982

@Riddick123
I love my Windows Phone, there's a lot of Xbox Live enabled games, it's fun to earn achievements over differents platforms (Xbox One, Xbox 360, GFWL, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8)

mattress805
mattress805

Everytime I hear the phrase "windows phone" or the name of Microsoft's crappy tablet. I chuckle.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@bigrob007 @Riddick123  I have two iPhones (4S and a 5) but I'd grab a Windows Phone just for the XBL achievements on mobile games and yet-better xbox integration… no android phones for me, yuck...