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Author Name: Lisa Eadicicco
Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Update Cortana
The update will bring a handful of small yet useful features to Windows Phones, but more importantly, it focuses on further fine-tuning its virtual assistant, Cortana. Cortana will now support more natural language scenarios for users in the U.S., Microsoft says. When we spoke with Microsoft's Partner Program Manager Marcus Ash in April, he cited Cortana's personality as one of its key advantages. If Cortana feels more like a person, people will be more willing to share information with her, Ash explained. The more information you share, the more intelligent Cortana gets. The same goes for Cortana in the UK - Cortana is tailored to support British English spellings and will also provide information that's more locally relevant. Siri isn't contextually aware the way Cortana is, and is mostly limited to simple actions like search and controlling basic functions on your phone like text messages and alarms. Google Now, the digital assistant that comes with Android phones, is more in line with Cortana and shows you the information you need when it thinks you need it.

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