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March 30, 2016

Cortana will soon make suggestions throughout your day

by John_A

Cortana has come a long way since it debuted nearly two years ago. As time goes by, Microsoft’s virtual assistant keeps getting smarter, with features like helping you scan emails to keep track of deadlines. It’s also expanded its reach to Android and iOS, the two most popular mobile platforms in the world. Now, via the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Cortana will start making proactive suggestions to help you throughout your day.

For example, it can offer to order lunch or arrange a taxi pick-up for you, using information from personal calendars. Cortana’s also going to be able to automatically add receipts to your expense reports, as well as use a combination of geolocation and historical data to bring up details about the places you’ve been to in the past. Marcus Ash, a member of Microsoft’s Cortana team, demoed this during the Build 2016 keynote by asking the virtual assistant: “What toy store did I go to last year at Build?”

Cortana will be available on your lockscreen, too, letting you access its features without having to unlock your desktop or laptop. And now Microsoft’s making it easy to find apps that work well with its smart assistant, thanks to a section in the Windows Store dubbed Cortana Collection.


Get all the news from today’s Microsoft Build keynote right here, and follow along with our liveblog!

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