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Microsoft unveils voice assistant Cortana to rival Apple's Siri
 
 
 
Microsoft unveils voice assistant Cortana to rival Apple\'s Siri

SAN FRANCISCO- Microsoft Corp today formally announced it has developed a voice activated phone assistant feature called Cortana, a direct rival to Apple Inc's Siri.


The feature has been rumored for some months and a test version was demonstrated by Joe Belfiore, a Windows Phone executive, at Microsoft's annual developer conference in San Francisco.


The Cortana service, which can take verbal instructions to search the Web, set alarms, make calls and a host of other actions, is still in beta testing, said Belfiore, but will soon be a standard feature on Windows phones.


Belfiore announced that the latest version of Microsoft's smartphone software, called Windows Phone 8.1, will be rolled out to consumers as a downloadable upgrade in the next few months and new phones running the software will be in stores by late April or early May.

 
 
 
 
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