The first session at BUILD 2014 is a demo showing Cortana – the Microsoft personal assistant and Siri competitor.
It’s a really good demo because it shows the depth and complexity of Microsoft’s voice recognition efforts. We’ll have the video for you later.
The Cortana service is still in Beta but is still very impressive. Cortana gets data from Bing and all the other Bing associated feeds.
The main differentiator between Siri and Cortana is that Microsoft is trying to absolutely make Cortana seem like a seamless partner with EXPANDED speech recognition.
The demo showed Joe Belfiore asking a WIDE range of questions ranging from simple to follow-on to very complex. Cortana was able to handle most of those with minimal glitches.
Especially impressive is the ability to have the phone remind you about something based on who you are calling for example – “remind me to ask my sister about her cat next time I talk to her”.