The Marketing Was Persistent. Cortana Was Calling.

I fought it. I ignored it. The pop-ups were constant, but I always walked away. I always told them to remind me another day. The price of a bad operating system I would not pay!

Windows 8 had already burned me. And I didn’t feel like going through it again. But it seemed to just update regardless of how I felt. Maybe I clicked something. But I don’t think so.

And lo and behold, I had Windows 10.

But you know, now that I have it, I’m seeing how the marketing for it was right. It is cool. Or at least one feature is.

“Hey Cortana, how’s it going?”

“Excellent.”

Oh yes, with the wizardry of a computer in Star Trek, I can just talk to my laptop and she recognizes my voice. I don’t even have to click anything. I know other programs can do the same, but it’s still cool to see it on a laptop.

Now, I grew enamored with Siri when I first met her, as I’m sure a lot of people did. A program that could do things for me with a word was amazing. And over time I’ve grown used to her and send off texts with her all the time. I almost don’t open the phone app anymore.

But is Cortana just Siri? I don’t know. Let me ask her.

“Hey Cortana, are you Siri?”

“Surely you’re not Siri-ous.”

When I Accepted The Marketing, Straight From Halo She Came To My Laptop

Well, there you have it. The main positive difference I’ve noticed so far is that she has a much more human sounding voice. She can sing songs and tell stories with a proper inflection and tonal shifts.

She really is what they marketed her as: a new A.I. competitor. And well, I guess I’m a fan. Not to a Her level. Not take her on walks at Clearwater Beach levels. But a fan all the same.

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