Cortana has come a long way from a simple, voice-recognizing joke teller, to a powerful virtual assistant that can do a lot of work for you, and make your life easier. Microsoft is constantly working on the new features and possibilities of its virtual assistant, which has a potential to become a regular part of our everyday lives.
Recently, Marcus Ash, a Group Program Manager of Cortana, announced via official blog post that the development team is currently testing some new Cortana features. These new features will begin to roll out to Windows Insiders shortly, and eventually to all Windows 10 users.
Improved Appointments and Calendar Management in Cortana
The first announced addition is Cortana’s ability to set reminders based on your emails. Cortana will analyze your emails, and it will recognize if you made a promise to do something in the email. When Cortana recognizes a promise, it will set an appointment to remind you to do that.
“People often make promises to do things in email but may forget about them as the days go by and emails pile up. Microsoft Research (MSR) was pursuing an intriguing and powerful idea around this challenge—automatically recognizing when people make commitments to one another in email messages and providing reminders. We collaborated very closely with MSR to bring this new ability to Cortana to help people better keep track of their commitments.”
This feature won’t (yet) work with web-based email clients, as Cortana will only work with Outlook and Mail apps in Windows 10. So, if you don’t want Cortana to remind you about a particular promise you made, you’ll probably used a web-based version of your email client.
Second announced Cortana addition is improved Calendar management. Cortana will analyze your Windows 10 Calendar app for all appointed meetings, and it will give you some additional info about the meeting and your availability for that meeting, like ‘This is a late meeting,’ ‘This is an early meeting,’ or ‘This meeting has conflicts,’ in case you appointed two meetings for the same time.
Microsoft also stated that Cortana will become even better, and more functional in the future, and we absolutely believe them. Even now you can do a lot of stuff with Cortana, like booking a plane, calling a taxi, listening to music, and in the future, Cortana will probably be able to make you a sandwich.
We can only wait and see what Microsoft will prepare next for its personal assistant, and we won’t have to wait too long.