I’ve been testing out Cortana, the talking digital assistant that’s an integral part of Windows 10, while I work on an in-depth guide to the new operating system. I gotta say, I’m just a little nuts about her. I’ll call her a she because she speaks in a female voice and she is named after a female AI in the video game Halo. Why? Well there are a lot of reasons. But here are three of them:

She opens programs.

Once I have her set up, all I have to do is say “Hey Cortana, open Word.” or “Hey Cortana, open Facebook and she’ll open up those apps for me just like that.

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She makes appointments and reminders.

Just tell her to add something to your calendar or set a reminder and she’ll walk you through naming the event and setting the time and place. There’s no typing required. Just tell her what you want.

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She’ll set the reminder.

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She writes and sends e-mails.

Need to send an e-mail while you’re in the middle of something else? Just say, “Hey Cortana, I want to send an e-mail.”  She’ll ask about the recipient and the subject. Then all you need to do is tell what to write in the e-mail. Confirm that you are happy with the content and then tell her to send it. It’s that easy.

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This is just a preview of the things Cortana can do. I really think you’re going to be amazed when you get to check this feature out in Windows 10. I’ll get back to working on my guide and discovering all the awesome things Cortana can do.

~ Cynthia