In response to our article on Cortana commands, Keith asks:  “While on the subject is there any way to change her name. I have no idea how to pronounce Cortana.. Cortaina… However you say it.”


No, you can’t change her name. She’s very important to Microsoft. Cortana is named after a character in the popular and highly profitable Halo games. Cortana is an artificial intelligence who helps save the galaxy.  While she’ll call you whatever you like, you’ll have to call her Cortana. Cortana is pronounced like “cortex” – kor-tah-nah  – similar to names like Rhianna and Brianna.

While no one wants to mispronounce their new assistant’s name, I think you probably have a pretty decent range in which she’ll recognize that you’re talking to her.

~ Cynthia