Microsoft Cortana

Microsoft is adding new enhancements to the digital assistant Cortana. The enhanced Cortana will roll out with the Windows 10's Redstone update.

Microsoft Cortana will have some notable enhancements when Windows 10 Redstone update is rolled out. The most notable is perhaps that the digital personal assistant will include new card reminders for email. For example, if you made a promise along the lines of, “I’ll get back to you by next week” in an email; Cortana will give you a reminder of that email.

The Group Program Manager of Cortana team, Marcus Ash stated in a post: “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.”

That’s just one of the new enhancements Microsoft is adding to the Cortana digital assistant. Another is that Microsoft is making some refinements to its calendar invites. That means it will now alert users to meeting requests outside the regular times scheduled for meetings. Then you can reschedule them to better times.

Microsoft is also expected to include a floating Cortana in the Redstone update. That means that it will float, or appear, over documents like Clippy. It could also float on top of running apps in Windows. So the floating Cortana would be more mobile that the current digital assistant on the Windows 10 taskbar.

At the moment, the new enhancements to Cortana are limited to Windows 10 Insiders from the US and the UK only. However, the new digital assistant will be widely included in the Windows 10 Redstone update. Microsoft has scheduled the Redstone update for the summer.

The digital personal assistant Cortana first debuted in Windows Phone 8.1 and was initially a beta product for the US only. The virtual assistant is now a part of the Windows 10, iOS, and Android platforms; and you can use it as a search tool, manage calendars and more.

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