Microsoft unveils virtual assistant Cortana for Windows handsets

Technology giant Microsoft has unveiled virtual assistant- Cortana for Windows Phone handsets.

Cortana is female voice-controlled application. It uses Microsofts search engine Bing and data stored on the handsets to make personalised recommendations and carry out tasks.

It is named after AI system in the firm’s Halo video game franchise.

Initially, it will be made available in US, then in UK and China and finally other markets as part of a wider Windows Phone 8.1 system software update.

It should be noted that Apple and Google already offer comparable facilities on their iOS and Android platforms.

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