The good thing about Cortana, Microsoft’s digital voice assistant, is that it has been confirmed to receive updates twice a month. The bad thing, we might not always know that the service was updated.
Thing is that Cortana is dynamically updated, which means it is silently refreshed with new features whenever Redmond decides to push them live. And there are signs that the company has initiated roll out of a new update to the voice assistant.
Interestingly, there is no way to tell whether these changes will be rolled out to all users, or just a limited number for testing purposes.
Windows Phone 8.1 is still in developer preview state, after all.
But some fine folks have been seen some improvements that Microsoft might have delivered to Cortana earlier this week. First up, is that the layout for news has been modified, and there is new quiz option at the bottom of today view that allows Cortana to learn your personal habits even more.
You can also import your Stock watch list from Bing Finance.
And there are new animations on the Live Tile, including weather icons. The service also verbally replies to select queries, and it speaks back your name when asked “What is my name?”
Finally, Microsoft also seems to have included a new “Give Cortana Feedback” link at the bottom of today view to allow for a faster and easier way for users to provide feedback on the service. Which should come in real handy, before it officially goes live in all markets.
Do let us know in the comments if you are seeing any of these changes, and more.