Cortana’s full grammar library revealed

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The Verge has posted some more information on Cortana, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 voice  assistant.

According to the Verge Cortana will replace the built-in Bing search feature, and will present itself as a circular animated icon with the hue of your selected Windows Phone accent color, that will animate when it’s speaking or thinking, and bounce around or frown with “emotion” depending on the queries involved.

The service will feature a “Notebook” which will collect information relevant to users such as location data, behaviours, personal information, reminders, and contact information and allow them to remove and control the information, thereby allowing users to preserve and control their privacy.

Cortana will then use this information to provide answers to search queries by voice or text, and provide suggestions, alerts, and reminders, such as if it sees an email that contain phrases like “let’s meet tomorrow at 8PM” it will ask if you’d like to set up reminders or calendar entries. Cortana can also provide guidance on weather, stocks, directions, appointments, and music that’s contextual based on location and other data.

WPLovers have managed to find the full Cortana grammar library in the Windows Phone 8.1 emulator, and shows the device to be pretty capable,  answering  questions as diverse as “How far is the Grand Canyon?” to “What am I doing next week?”

See that library after the break.

“Call Mom”

“Call on speakerphone”

“Call at home”

“Call , mobile”

“Call ”

“Text ”

“Message Dad”

“Text on my way”

“Put dentist appointment on my calendar tomorrow”

“Change my 3 PM appointment to 4”

“What do I have next?”

“Add surfing at the beach for Saturday”

“When calls, remind me to say congratulations”

“Remind me to buy fresh fruit tomorrow”

“Remind me to water the plants when I get home”

“Next time I’m at the grocery store, remind me to buy eggs”

“Remind me to pick up the dry cleaning when I leave work”

“Take a note”

“Note: left my car on level 4”

“Take a note: find birdwatching book for Dad’s birthday”

“Wake me up at 6 AM”

“Set an alarm for 5:45 AM”

“Turn on my 3 PM alarm”

“Wake me up in 20 minutes”

“Play ”

“Put on ”

“Play ”

“Start playing ”

“Show me a map of 123 Main Street”

“How far to the Grand Canyon?”

“Is there a Starbucks near me?”

“What’s traffic like on the way to work?”

“Is it hot in Rio de Janeiro?”

“Will it rain this weekend?”

“Do I need an umbrella?”

“What’s the weather right now?”

“What’s the forecast for next week?”

“Show me today’s headlines”

“What’s the latest news about the President?”

“What are the top stories?”

“Who is the tallest woman in the world?”

“Who is the president of Finland?”

“Show me events nearby”

“Convert 60 dollars to yen”

“How are the US markets doing?”

“What’s the value of Microsoft stock?”

“Find recipes for clam chowder”

“Look for breakfast burrito recipes”

“How many calories in a cucumber?”

“How many carbs in a blueberry muffin?”

“Find Angry Birds apps”

“Wake me up at 7 AM”

“Wake me up in 20 minutes”

“Schedule camping for Friday through Sunday”

“Put dancing on my calendar from 6 to 7 PM”

“What am I doing next week?”

“What do I have this afternoon?”

“Move my next meeting out by 30 minutes”

“How did the Asian markets do?”

“Find recipes for ants on a log”

“Look for butternut squash recipes”

“Get me cat videos”

“Find a library”

“Get me directions to Times Square”

“Show me highly rated restaurants nearby”

“Find cheap restaurants that are open right now”

“Find nearby bars”

“Will MOMA be open on Monday?”

“Where am I?”

“Remind me to pick up the dry cleaning”

“Remind me to water the plants when I get home”

“Next time I’m at Home Depot, remind me to pick up paint samples”

“Is it cold in Moscow right now?”

“Will it be sunny in Paris tomorrow?”

“Is it going to rain this week?”

“Do I need a coat?”


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