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NJ Mike
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1/29/2016 | 8:39:44 AM
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@Brian.Dean - The part with the reminder not reminding me on time brings back memories of Apple Maps.  About the time Apple Maps come out, I had bought an iPhone.  Because of those kinks in it, I used Google Maps instead.  I never used Apple Maps because I lacked confidence in its accuracy and I was happy with Google Maps.  My point here - sure it is new, but it has to be better than what is out there for people to switch.

And for the lack of "Hey Cortana" - that was removed from Android by design.  I sort of understand their reasoning, as I experienced the "problem" this created.  Right after I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10® I was trying out Cortana.  "Hey Cortana" triggered Cortana on both my laptop, and my cell phone which was sitting nearby.  A bit of an inconvenience, but not really.  In fact, I find the voice command more useful on my phone than laptop.

I like the idea of Cortana for Android, as it may help my smartphone work with my laptop, even if I don't have a Windows phone.  But it has to work (remind me on time) and be convenient to use (voice triggered on my phone).
Brian.Dean
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1/27/2016 | 6:44:28 PM
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@NJ Mike, I agree the two points that you mentioned hold a lot of weight and a personal digital assistant will be graded by users through the ease at which these functionalities are completed.

Cortana is relatively new, Google Now and Siri have been around since 2012, and Cortana was released in 2014. Maybe, Cortana requires a little time before the developers manage to fix the issues.
NJ Mike
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1/26/2016 | 9:24:09 AM
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It would be great except for two things:

1) It don't work.  I have tried setting reminders and I've been reminded anywhere from 15 minutes before to a half hour after the time I needed to be reminded.  When I want to be reminded at 3:00 for something, I don't mean 3:15.

2) No "Hey Cortana".  Without the ability to activate it with my voice, why use it?  It's easier to say "OK Google" then to find the darn icon.  Not sure why they "added" that "feature".
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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12/9/2015 | 11:19:31 PM
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Agreed, it is a great move by Microsoft and it is beneficial for Microsoft as well as consumers.

Personal digital assistants have a lot of potential. It might be comparable to the level of functionality that a search engine provides if not greater. However, if it had remained (still remains up to an extent) that a consumer's choice of Google Now, Cortana or Siri is dependent upon the hardware they purchase then, it will limit competition, innovation and the future potential of personal digital assistants.
danielcawrey
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12/9/2015 | 6:21:20 PM
Smart
This is a smart move by Microsoft. They are really no longer a platform company, though in enterprises they do offer compelling server tools. Even there, the movement to open source is pretty clear.

The proprietary battle has ended, and this means putting Microsoft products wherever they will be seen by the most eyeballs. That's the key metric now. 


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