Microsoft Cortana, the Redmond, Washington company’s personal assistant, has received a significant update today. Version 3.0 of the assistant brings a completely revamped user interface, music and podcast integration, and improved results when using voice interactions.
The user interface is now a much more modern and sleek design, eliminating the old blue dominant UI. The app looks much lighter and brighter when you compare it to the old version. It also has been significantly decluttered in the process.
Discover allows you to see a quick but comprehensive list of things you can ask Cortana. This will help new users to Microsoft Cortana sort out what it can do for you as you interact with it.
Perhaps one of the best new features is the music and podcast integration. Cortana now supports services like Spotify, iHeart Radio and TuneIn to find music and podcasts to enjoy while using the assistant.
Along side, the new conversational experience will allow you to setup reminders, create calendar events and other personalized things all by voice command. This requires that you have your Microsoft or Office 365 account linked to Cortana. Also, if you want, you can use voice commands to join Skype or Microsoft Team calls from Cortana now too.
Overall this is a significant and much needed update to Microsoft Cortana. If you are heavily vested in the Microsoft ecosystem or simply like Microsoft’s assistant over Apple’s Siri, you will be pleased with this update.
If you want to give it a try, you can download Cortana for free from the App Store.