Cortana, Microsoft’s digital voice assistant, has by far been the company’s most notable product in the past couple of years. It was unveiled with much fanfare a few months back.

And while there have been clear signs that Cortana is coming to the desktop, none are clearer than this old video posted on Microsoft Research that shows that the company was thinking about this technology, even before Windows 8 hit the market.

This short video shows Louise, the first incarnation of Cortana, in action on a Windows 8 tablet.

The clip is dated February 2011, which is easily more than a year before Redmond launched its modern operating system, and subsequently released the original lineup of Surface tablets.

A selection from the official description:

“Project Louise is an ongoing, multiyear prototyping effort to build an automated personal assistant. This demo highlights the Louise Personal Assistant serving as a conversational natural user interface (NUI): multi-modal speech+touch.”

Although not by any means lengthy, it does show that Louise had very much the same powers on a tablet as the current version has on Windows Phone, including the option of swiping down from the top of the screen.

The remarkable thing is that all this is from at least three years back.

Nothing has been confirmed so far, but this much is certain that the service is all ready to debut on PCs, probably with Windows 9 next year. Microsoft might even opt to share more details on this next week at the 2014 edition of its WPC Conference.

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  1. Mike Greenway / July 11, 2014 at 10:38 am /Reply

    To be correct shouldn’t the headline say, Old Microsoft Video Shows Cortana’s Predecessor Running On Windows 8?

  2. Interesting. I would expect that Cortana as been in the works for awhile, but always nice to see a video pop up and show the history.

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