Microsoft is working on making Cortana seem more humanlike in terms of the responses the digital assistant gives to Windows users, according to a freshly uncovered patent.
The idea is to move away from the same canned prompts so Cortana will use a range of different greetings perhaps depending on the time of day, the location (“welcome home”), or congratulating the user if it’s their birthday, or citing observations based on things like the weather or the latest football results.
Of course, exactly how personal Cortana can get will depend on how much user data the digital assistant has at its disposal, and again, this development is one which will likely generate some frowns from those concerned about privacy with Windows 10.
At any rate, it seems like a considerably improved Cortana is on the way, particularly when you couple this revelation with the major advancements in speech recognition Microsoft has been boasting about of late. Before too long, we should be looking at much more natural interactions with the assistant across all devices. […]