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Here’s how to enable or turn on Hey Cortana voice command in Windows 10 on your PC. Step by step instructions for this along with screenshots are detailed here.

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Here’s how to control your Android phone using a Windows 10 PC with Cortana voice assistant. Step by step instructions for this are detailed below.

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Microsoft Cortana voice assistant APK download for Android has leaked online and is available for everyone to try. You can download it for your Android device right here.

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Microsoft has officially confirmed that it will be bringing its famed voice assistant – Cortana – to Android and the iOS platform.

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Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant has been the subject of rave reviews since first emerging with Windows Phone 8.1, and having begun life as a mobile-based service, will be an integral part of the software giant’s wider ecosystem with Windows 10. As the company continues to ready its forthcoming edition of Windows, it has now been revealed that Cortana will be headed to both iOS and Android in the near future, and given the numerous capabilities of Cortana and the improvements that’ll no doubt arrive during the coming months, it’s a move that actually makes a great deal of sense.

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In the lead-up to today’s big Microsoft keynote event, it was strongly suspected that Cortana, the company’s voice assistant software, would be spreading its wings beyond the confines of Windows Phone and reaching a broader audience with the Windows 10 upgrade. Now, the software maker has confirmed this to be the case, and the much-lauded feature should serve as another enticement to those considering the eventual upgrade.

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As tech consumers, we’ve something of an affinity to voice assistants, particularly new ones. The massive fuss made when Apple dropped Siri a couple of years ago was equaled by the fanfare surrounding Windows Phone 8.1’s Cortana, and while Microsoft’s effort is naturally a more refined, well-rounded and personable feature than Siri was at launch, Cortana remains a work in progress. In fact, right now, Microsoft is attempting to spread Cortana beyond the confines of Windows Phone and onto the other major segments of its ecosystem, and a new Windows 9 screenshot offers a sneak peek of how it may eventually take shape on the desktop and tablet.

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For some reason, the tech world spends more time parodying voice assistants than actually using them, and just like when Siri and Google Now first arrived, we got a little excited about Microsoft’s Cortana earlier on this year at BUILD. Certainly, the software giant is every enthusiastic about the software, which is based on the virtual voice of the character from Halo, and with the HTC One M8 confirmed as releasing on Windows Phone, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to take a swipe at Apple and Siri once more.

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The concept of personal assistants has been around for a long, long time, and they indeed make one’s job a lot easier by sharing a hefty amount of your workload, maintaining schedules, prioritizing stuff, keeping track of projects and whatnot. With advancements in technology, a lot of that responsibility has shifted to our smartphones, further supported by the fact that not everyone can afford (or is entitled to) a personal assistant. Apple took the concept to the virtual world with its implementation of Siri, followed closely by Google Now and now, Microsoft’s Cortana for Windows Phone, with the latter being the highlight these days.

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Microsoft’s next major operating system release, set to be named Windows 9, might not be ready to hit the shelves until next year, but reports have already started surfacing with respect to what it will curtail. According to sources close to the matter, the next iteration of Windows will include Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, embedded deeply within the operating system.

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Since being announced at this year’s BUILD developers’ conference, the tech world has remained fascinated by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1. Given that Cortana, the company’s first mobile voice assistant, has commanded the lion’s share of attention since rolling out with WP8.1, it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that in today’s update to the mobile software, it’s once again the center of attention. As well as offering some improvements to the current Cortana set-up, the feature is now rolling out across several new markets as a result of the bump, and with a number of general tweaks to Windows Phone 8.1 across the board, this is a pretty significant enhancement.

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When Microsoft took the wraps off Windows Phone 8.1 just a couple of months ago, many users rejoiced at the broad range of features that had been introduced. Everything that we expected of the announcement turned out to be true, but even though we really ought to be focusing our attentions on core features like, for example, the new notifications infrastructure, the Cortana voice assistant has commanded a large portion of attention. Just like when Apple introduced Siri, we don’t seem to be able to get enough of these personable, digital voice recognition features, and in a new ad to promote Windows Phone 8.1, the software giant has pitted the Lumia 635 and Cortana up against the iPhone 5s and Siri.

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