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Microsoft brings Cortana for Android and iOS to the UK

     
5:45 pm on Dec 8, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has said it's bringing Cortana for Android to the UK this week, with the iOS version coming to the App Store in a "few weeks." Microsft also said it had given Cortana a makeover based upon user feedback in the U.S.

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4:00 am on Dec 10, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I removed Cortana from my Win10 desktop OS. Looks like I'll remove it on my 2 Android devises if this is bundled in a system update. I've never appreciated these types of things. I feel it's an "un-natural" act to talk to devices. I'm more comfortable inputting with my hands not my voice.

At first I thought Cortana was just a gimmick to compete with Siri, but I now see voice command as something people really like (just not me.) Voice commands have been added to many apps including navigation & music players, Google Home & Amazon Echo, gaming...
2:11 pm on Dec 10, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I'm not a fan of voice commands either - but it may be that I'm getting old - on the other hand it may be that there are an increasing number of twonks who are just too lazy to lift a finger (literally in this case). Now thought control would be good :)) I could get a lot more work done if that was in place.
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Now thought control would be good :)) I could get a lot...
I could get in a lot of trouble.
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I used to use speech-to-text a great deal in the past, and it was perfect for dumping my thoughts and writing natural language articles. When I got a new main machine I didn't update the program as it had become relatively costly to licence, and it was slowly getting used less and less in any case.

I have not used speech-to-text on my phone much at all, which is the most useful place to employ it. There's a balance to be struck between moving the phone away from one position to speak into the microphone and typing a simple query. If you don't get the answer you're expecting it's a new search required. Typing on a smartphone screen is much more difficult than simply speaking a query into an "assistant" on the phone, yet I don't do it much at all. It doesn't help much if you're in a noisy office or busy place and the text to speech is not as good as it could be.

I'll be giving it a try more frequently to see how it holds up, and will run some comparisons between speech input and typing.