Cortana is a name that many of you will recognise as the recurring AI companion in the Halo series.
Microsoft are eager to make use of the name, but not just for their games; it's been reported that Cortana is also the name of Microsoft's Siri-like assistant. At least it's not Clippy...
Microsoft Turning Cortana Into A Real Program
Apple's Siri and Google's Now services are both assistants that help you get the information you want, when you want it. Featuring voice recognition and intelligent thinking, the two programs were strong selling points of iOS and Android.
Microsoft are aiming to muscle in on the dominance, hoping to use Cortana in the same vein; as an intelligent assistant. Cortana will be built into future versions of Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox One from the ground up, allowing her to pull in information from all of Microsoft's services to help you.
There's no word yet on if we'll see the same voice actor playing the AI, or even if we'll see that familiar face on your Xbox's or smartphones. No official announcement has been made yet, but more information is expected soon.
So, what to you think of this increase in helpful AI's? Do you like Cortana, or would you prefer to have other famous gaming personalities, like GlaDOS? Tell us below!