Windows Phone: Microsoft’s Cortana learn German
Windows phones are talkative: Microsoft Voice Command function Cortana is also available in German now. For now, though only a preview version. But that can only be done when they use a lot.
Microsoft took its time. Eight months after the company’s voice controlled assistant Cortana introduced for the first time, the Group announced on Friday finally to a German -language version. As of Friday evening, and German users of Windows Phone smartphones can appeal to their mobile phone as a human being.
Cortana, named after a character from the console game’ Halo’, is Microsoft’s counterpart to Apple’s Siri. Although there were on Windows phones have long speech recognition, but largely confined himself to convert speech to text, so it was a kind of dictation. Cortana is, however, as Siri, rather an assistant function that you simply controlled by voice commands.
Just like Apple is one but here is not limited to pre- commands, but should be able to speak with the digital assistant as with a real person, Microsoft promises. In a short test that actually worked well. Above all, the software was able to understand and correctly process, but also to recognize relationships not only commands.
So you can, for example, about the weather in Berlin ask, whereupon the weather forecast for the capital is displayed on the phone. In the subsequent question’? And in Hamburg’, Cortana immediately presented the corresponding data of the port city. The same works with Apple’s Siri course as well. Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 1020 in review: Just about photographing the smartphone super camera Windows Update: Microsoft introduces a language assistant for mobile phones Nokia Lumia 1520 review: high-tech flounder in large format
In this way, should be able to do many everyday things with Cortana by being verbally brushing his cell phone instead herumzutippen on the screen. This allows some memories, text messages and appointments interjected. Considered In the latter in Cortana, if the time in question may already have other appointments in the calendar, and points out possible conflicts.
The Assistant character of Cortana is underscored by the fact that the software indicates, for example, upcoming appointments and the user is looking together the latest news from the network that match their preferences. They rely on the one hand, preferences, you can select the phone manually. In addition, they should be able to learn from the usage of the user and so predict more and more accurate over time, which could interest him.
‘ Cortana is doing an internship’
Anyway itself Cortana is still in a learning phase. The newly released version does not have an alpha state, that is sort of a pre – preliminary software. Try it may still change. The conditions are a smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1 and a developer account that you can create for free from Microsoft.
As part of the set up for several months alpha phase to Cortana and speech recognition are constantly being improved by the use of the tester. Notes to the software can be sent online to Microsoft.
Microsoft executives Christian Maier said in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, it was necessary because other European languages are more complex than English. One could say, Cortana’m doing an internship.
Following the alpha test Microsoft will offer a public beta version, which can then be used by anyone, even without developer account. When it finally a final version is without alpha or beta additive is not yet in sight.