Windows Phone 8 Cortana voice assistant rumored for this April

Windows Phone 8 Cortana voice assistant rumored for this April

Soon Windows Phone 8.1 users may get the chance Master Chief, in their head at least, when the Cortana voice assistant arrives to Nokia Lumia devices this April.

Infamous MS insider, MSFT reports that Microsoft’s rival Siri voice companion, Cortana will launch into beta this April on Lumia for US developers. What’s more, Jen Talyor, the voice of Cortana in the Halo videogame series, will lend her vocals as the smartphone assistant.

We don’t know if Cortana will be her sassy self on phones, but this April release lines up with the expected Windows Phone 8.1 update. Soon after it’s supposedly going to come wrapped into the iPhone Bing app this fall in the US.

Xbox One and Windows 8.1 PC users will get Cortana next in 2015 with Threshold. After that it seems the voice assistant will reach other English speaking shores for the remainder of 2015 year and into 2016.

In the interim, MSFTnerd says speech recognition improvements have already shipped out in the Bing Translator app for Windows.

Kinect intelligence

The Cortana voice assistant made her first appearance last September as a rumored app, but this is the first time we’ve heard it was coming to anything other than Windows phones.

On mobiles Cortana is reported to be a faster way of changing settings. The assistant could also be smart enough to anticipate appointments and automatically map out the route for users.

These features could be easily replicated and useful on Windows 8.1 computers, but who knows what sort of smarter Kinect integration Microsoft has cooking up for Xbox One.

Even with insider information, were going to take these rumors with a grain of salt until we can hear Cortana on our Windows phones.

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