The great thing about today’s approach to mobile voice assistants is that the service lies in the cloud, and as such, can be updated periodically with more features. We’ve seen both Google and Apple be quite aggressive with the updates they’ve provided to Google Voice Search and Siri respectively, and now Microsoft takes an extra step. The company has just launched new updates to Cortana, and if you haven’t noticed, here are a few new tricks.
You can now ask Cortana how old Bill Gates is, and the service will respond verbally, something that has made Google’s Voice Search famous for years. You can also ask the service “Where am I,” and the service will respond with information on your location, and some additional extras. Another cool update is that instead of following in Google’s footsteps and only giving you flight information on the date that you have to travel, you can select how far into the future you want Cortana to snatch this information for you.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are some additional features included in this update. If you haven’t taken advantage of these, take some time to do so today. We have to praise Microsoft for pushing the bar of its mobile assistant at a faster pace than its competition has.