Although officials announced that Cortana won’t be officially available for Xbox One until next year, game testers for this console have come up with a way around this obstacle. Cortana comes to Xbox One sooner than anticipated, as testers got hold of the dashboard beta early access feature.
So for all the gamers out there who prefer the comfort of an Xbox wireless controller, here is how to get Cortana up and running on your PC. You have to hit the Xbox button twice to bring up the guide menu. Scroll left to enter the settings menu. Then you must press the Up button once until the words in the menu are not highlighted anymore. Now, all you need is a micro USB cable to tie your controller to the console. Enjoy having your own personal virtual assistant!
The only down side of this is the fact that some of the functions may not be available and the interface may not work as smoothly as it does on a windows phone or PC, because this is still an early access version. Also, every time you wish to use Cortana, you will have to do the same procedure as before.
For those who don’t know, Cortana is a personal virtual assistant that was developed by Microsoft and released an year ago. The first version of Cortana was only compatible with windows phone 8.1, Denim version. The digital assistant was inspired by the Halo franchise, where Cortana was the clever A.I that provided information on the run for Master Chief.
Starting this year, Microsoft decided to add Cortana to the new Windows 10 OS, designed for laptops and tablets. Also, as a little incentive, Microsoft decided to expand Cortana’s functionality in order to fully integrate her in Windows 10.
As a true personal assistant, you can use Cortana to virtually do anything you like. For example, if you want to write down an email, why trouble yourself with opening all sorts of applications? You only have to push the search button to make Cortana listen to you. Dictate the content of the email to her and say “send”. Shazam! Cortana sent your email in a blink of an eye.
Want to listen to your favorite song? No problem! Say the name of the song from your favorite playlist and Cortana will play it for you. Use her for google searches, address searches, ask her to recommend you good diners, to make appointments, to set alarms or to take notes.
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