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Cortana

CortanaFor Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana is the personal assistant that helps users with questions, setting appointments, and finding destinations. The U.S. version of Cortana is voiced by the same woman who did the AI character in the Halo video game series; Jen Taylor.

Cortana is available as a beta version for Windows Phone 8.1 users in the United States, China, and the UK. As of August 2014, users in Australia, Canada, and India could opt-in for the beta version, but only the American English version.

Microsoft is planning to make Cortana available for all Windows Phone users in late 2014 or early 2015 and has included Cortana in Windows 10 and the Xbox One gaming system.

Also see: Beta version, Microsoft, Phone terms, Siri