Windows Phone’s Cortana assistant now predicts NFL football games
Windows Phone’s Cortana assistant raised some eyebrows during the World Cup, when it accurately predicted all but one of the knockout matches (that Germany-Brazil upset caught nearly everyone off-guard). Microsoft was clearly happy with that result, as it’s now applying those oracle-like abilities to NFL football games. Ask Cortana (or Bing on the web) who’s likely to win an upcoming match and you’ll quickly get a favorite. You sadly won’t be told why that team will emerge victorious, although the Bing crew notes that the decision is based on a combination of stats, previous match-ups, and subtler criteria like stadium conditions. It’ll be a long while before we know whether Cortana is as good at predicting American football as it is the international kind, but you can at least get her prognostications right away.