Is this the revenge of Clippy? Microsoft has a new closed beta in the Windows Phone Store.
The app, called Work Assist, seems to be designed to help with Office tasks, and is Cortana enabled, supporting voice commands both in and outside the app.
The app can be seen, but not installed, in the Windows Phone Store here.
Update: Mary Jo Foley has some more information about the app.
Her contacts confirmed that the Work Assistant application is being developed by Microsoft’s Digital Life + Work group, which is part of the Applications and Services Group (ASG) run by Qi Lu. Julie Larson-Green, Chief Experience Officer of ASG, is believed to be spearheading the Work Assistant effort, and Gates has been involved.
In an AMA on Reddit he said he was helping Microsoft work on a new "Personal Agent" project, saying:
"One project I am working on with Microsoft is the Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to. The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model – the agent will help solve this. It will work across all your devices."
Thanks Alex from Moviltoday.com for the tip.