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Microsoft Demonstrates ‘Cortana’ Personal Assistant Machine Learning

One of the highlights at Build developer conference last week was Cortana, Microsoft’s Bing-powered answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now for Windows Phone 8.1.

Despite a few glitches, Cortana – named after the holographic AI character in the popular “Halo” video game series – was a crowd-pleaser during a 2 April keynote session at the developer conference in San Francisco. Generally speaking, Cortana deftly handled queries, scheduled app-related tasks and applied machine-learning technology to deliver in-context suggestions.

Cortana’s answers and suggestions get better as it grows more familiar with the user, courtesy of Microsoft’s search platform. “Powered by Bing, Cortana is the only digital assistant that gets to know you, builds a relationship that you can trust, and gets better over time by asking questions based on your behaviour and checking in with you before she assumes you’re interested in something,” said Microsoft corporate vice president Joe Belfiore in a company blog post.

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