Bing’s homepage is getting better with the help of Microsoft’s first ever voice-activated digital assistant Cortana. Microsoft has introduced a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage to help users keep track of items that are important to them such as weather, news or stocks. Users have to sign in to their Microsoft account and set up their interests in Bing settings with the help or its newly introduced voice-activated assistant.
A blog post said that “When it’s appropriate, Bing will let you know if for example your stock changes or flight is delayed. The best part? As long as you’re signed in, Bing will remember your interests and notify you, as appropriate, across a range of Bing-powered Microsoft services, such as Cortana and the Bing Sports app.”
Cortana was brought as beta in the U.S., was designed to be like a real personal assistant.
Microsoft also claims that “Cortana is the only digital assistant that gets to know you, builds a relationship that you can trust, and gets better over time by asking questions based on your behavior and checking in with you before she assumes you’re interested in something. She detects and monitors the stuff you care about, looks out for you throughout the day, and helps filter out the noise so you can focus on what matters to you. To develop Cortana, we talked to a number of real personal assistants. One technique these assistants spoke about was keeping track of the interests and preferences of their bosses in a notebook,” Belfiore said. “We thought… what a great idea! So all the stuff Cortana curates for you is stored in Cortana’s Notebook. This information enables Cortana to be proactive and helpful throughout the day.”