Weekly Spotlight - Cortana

Your BYF team is back with its weekly spotlight to project you in the future with ... Cortana !

Cortana is not only your Windows device's personal assistant who reponds to “Who’s your daddy? ” with “Technically speaking, that’d be Bill Gates. No big deal.”.

She is way more than that, she has a story.

Everything started with the Halo universe.

In the Halo franchise, Cortana, a hologram living 2552, is the smartest AI who has ever existed. She shows both outstanding intellectual and emotional skills and, as Chief's partner, is vowed to protect humankind. As the Halo legend evolves, Cortana gets more complex, becoming arguably more human than the humans.

Cortana would tell you this herself. “I am named after Cortana, the AI from Halo. Or since she’s from 500 years in the future, she may have named herself after me.”

It's this sassy confidence and witty side of her personality that Windows Phone team took care of maintaining for this first version of an AI.

If you want to know more about Cortana's story, check this great article! http://news.microsoft.com/stories/people/cortana.html

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