Now fans of Halo series will be able to hear Cortana’s voice on their Windows mobile devices. Cortana is the new voice-assistant feature brought by Microsoft on Windows Mobile that is based on the fictional artificially intelligent (AI) character with the same name, Cortana, in the Halo game series. Jen Taylor, who gave voice for the original character, will be giving voice to Microsoft Cortana in Windows Mobile as well.
Microsoft is going to launch this feature first in beta on Lumia in April this year. This beta version will be available for the US developers and soon it will be available for the rest of the world. Not only that, this service will expand its availability to the Bing app for iPhone in the US this year in the fall. In fact, the improvements for speech recognition have already started to migrate in the Bing Translator app for Windows. The technology will also be extended to Windows users and American Xbox One in 2015.
Microsoft Cortana is the competitor of Apple’s Siri and Google Now. With Cortana, Microsoft displays its hard work towards voice recognition, simultaneous translation research and artificial intelligence. However, unlike its competitors Microsoft is planning to extend its services beyond the mobile devices.
The curtain over Microsoft Cortana was first raised in the last year. With tremendous hard work put in this feature, Microsoft is expecting Cortana to become an integral part of the future device interface by Microsoft. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned in a memo that,
“Cortana-like technology will play a key role in a future “service-enabled shell.” Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world, broker information among our services to bring them together on our devices in ways that will enable richer and deeper app experiences.”
The app is certainly going to make a stir among mobile geeks.