Microsoft Bing and Cortana teams today blogged about the improvements they are delivering in Cortana experience on Windows Phone. Thanks to Bing’s massive investments towards indexing the real world combined with speech recognition, entity understanding, and stream processing which makes these new improvements possible. Read the new features below.
Daily Glance: Evenings Added
Every morning, Cortana shows you a daily glance of all the information you need to start your day. Starting today, Cortana will show you travel time to home and upcoming items on your calendar so you’re sure to be on time for that dinner date or know to go to bed early for that 7 a.m. meeting. To ensure you’re getting the most from this feature be sure and update Cortana with your home and office addresses.
Like a good assistant, Cortana gets to know things that you like and suggests similar things you might enjoy. Cortana now infers artists that you might like and notifies you when they are playing in your area. Based on searches you make on Windows phone, Windows 8 devices and Bing.com, Cortana can infer who you like listening to and lets you know if they are performing within 100 miles of your home. With these timely recommendations, you can make sure you don’t miss your favorite acts. To activate, go to the notebook, select Music and then select Concert Watch. Of course you can simply ask Cortana about concerts. “When is Justin Timberlake performing in Chicago” or “What are Justin Timberlake’s tour dates”?
Chat Cards: Flights
If you’ve ever had to drop off or pick up someone from the airport, chances are you’ve looked up the flight times a few times. If you look up a flight twice within a week on Bing.com or Cortana, she will infer that this may be an important flight and ask you if should keep tabs on it. Once you confirm, the flight will be added as an interest inside Cortana’s notebook and updates will be visible on the Bing.com homepage carousel as well as in Cortana. This feature is available in the US.
Recommendations: Best Apps for Your Location
Based on your location, Cortana can now recommend apps that are relevant and helpful based on where you are. Let’s say you’re in Anaheim. Cortana would suggest downloading the Disney Expedition App. In case you already have the app, Cortana lets you know it’srelevant to where you happen to be. If you don’t respond to an app recommendation after it is shown a few times Cortana will pick up on the hint and stop showing it to you. The hyperlocal card is active for both US and UK.