Microsoft has hired a personal assistant company with virtual assistants to work on the new Cortana virtual assistant product.
Microsoft is building Cortana to serve as a personal service assistant for users, said Mark Russinovich, the company’s chief digital officer.
“We believe this will be a more personal experience than any other assistant currently on the market,” Russinov said during Microsoft’s I/O conference today.
“Users can do more with Cortana than just ask, or search, or respond.
Cortana will be able to answer your questions, understand your thoughts, and make decisions about your life.”
The Cortana team will work alongside the company that created the original Cortana, Microsoft Research, which is a spinoff of the Microsoft Research Labs division.
Cortana was a Microsoft Research employee for about a year.
“Cortana is built on the principles of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Data Science.
It’s designed to provide a personal digital assistant that can help you stay connected, stay on top of your life, and help you accomplish more with your life,” Russynovich said.
Cortana is the first new product from Microsoft that’s not based on Microsoft Research.
Russinoviks new assistant will work with the company in “the same way that Cortana currently does,” he said.
“It’s based on the Microsoft Knowledge Base, so it will run directly on the Azure cloud.
Cortana has been designed from the ground up to be easy to use, and we’re excited about how it will enhance the experience for users and developers alike.”
Cortana will integrate with Microsoft’s Cortana mobile app, which launched in late March and is available for Android and iOS.
Russynov said Cortana will have some of Cortana’s own customizations built into it, and will be compatible with all the existing Cortana apps that come with Windows.
The new assistant is built to do a “comprehensive range of work,” including answering your questions.
Microsoft has not yet released any details about Cortana’s design, but Russinovic said it will “provide a unique personal assistant experience that will appeal to users.”
Microsoft will also be adding Cortana to the Windows Store in the coming months.
“When we bring Cortana to Windows, it will be on the Windows desktop, not on the phone,” Russino said.
Microsoft’s first-ever Cortana assistant, Microsoft HoloLens, also uses Microsoft Research technology.
Microsoft researchers will work on HoloLens with Microsoft research, which will allow them to improve the HoloLens system and help improve the assistant.