Microsoft’s Build 2014 keynote is just about to get started, when we expect to get the company’s formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1. That means confirmation of features, including one that’s been intriguing us for months now, Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant. Seen as the company’s answer to Siri or Google Now, we’ve been hearing about it since last fall, and new evidence for the service arrived with the leak of the WP8.1 SDK. Still, we haven’t managed to actually hear Cortana speak so far, so we’re quite excited for this official news. As we wait with baited breath, one last Cortana tease comes our way, with Microsoft making a premature reference to it on the company’s Bing site.
Head on over to Bing and pull up your account settings, and you’ll now see a section for Cortana data. We’ve previously seen in leaks how Cortana would feature a “notebook” that would let you control just what sorts of, and how much personal data the service gets access to. While that notebook language doesn’t appear here, it’s clear that we’re talking about the same kind of privacy controls.
Check back with us shortly, when we’ll hopefully have a lot more news to share with you about Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1, and whatever surprises Microsoft might have in store.