Microsoft's Answer to Siri and Google Now is Cortana

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Pruneface

I would much rather have CABAL from the Tiberian Sun franchise.
The dude sounds like Bane.

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d3v

Cortana is hot.

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smoledman

This is going to rock since Microsoft has promised that they will not deliver anything BUT something revolutionary!

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CWhyNot

Let's hope it works better, and is less annoying, than Bob.

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Volleynova

Cortana's Halo 4 model is absolutely gorgeous, I am very happy with her design.

I only hope she makes it for Halo V because I want to see the next iteration of her. :)

It's good Microsoft is using Cortana for their phones, it's a very popular and well known character persona and attractive to the younger and older crowd alike.

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jbitzer

Yeah, my 65 year old parents were so pissed that siri didn't match a video game character they never heard of....

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Innomasta

Spent at least a thousand hours collectively on the halo series.. til 4 came out. Now it's a sellout

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nHeroGo

Aha! I used to play Halo2 before they made it an non-PC game. Bummer. I liked it. Anyway. I have an iPad and no speech impediment, but it never understands anything I say. Before I realized that there was a physical off-switch on the device and no other way of turning it off, I had a huge argument with Siri, because she cannot turn off. Maybe that is suppose to be a funny joke among Apple-engineers, but it was irritating as hell. I asked it to do one thing, and it did not know how. Haven't used the Siri-feature since - what's the point? It's a joke.

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MaximumMike

Ummmmm..... Halo 2 was a console port to PC, not the other way around.

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jbitzer

Um, the Halo series was originally slated to be a PC game.

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MaximumMike

Don't know about what happened in development, but Halo 1 was an X-box exclusive when it launched. And even Halo 2 launched on the X-box first and then some time later on the PC. Good thing for them, because it wasn't even in the same universe as FPS's on the PC at the time. I can't see how it could have garnered any success at all on the PC, without first building a rabid fan base on the console.

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jbitzer

Learn your history, noob :) Halo was to be an RTS on PC, it was a futuristic follow up to the Myth series.

Xbox didn't exist. PS1 was the console of choice, and the video Game industry was still suffering from the crash of the 80's. PC gaming and console Games had the exact opposite proportion of floor space at Babbage's (the company that became Gamestop).

Everyone knows Halo 1 was an Xbox exclusive when it launched. It was still shit though.

Quake 3 was 2 years old when Halo released, unreal tournament was out, there were games like soldier of fortune, with multiple hit boxes, and body damage, jedi knight, the first rainbow six introduced team direction and tactical movement, starseige tribes, with its goal oriented team play, vehicles the halo series stole the control scheme for, and jetpacks halo reach copied, Thief which brought about stealth play, the spec ops series, counter strike, Half Life, No one lives forever, etc, so yeah, it was in a far shittier universe than PC FPS of the time.

Like playing the fisher price version of a video game.

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MaximumMike

That's interesting. But I was never interested enough in Halo to find out how it was developed. And I certainly had better things to do than pay attention to every game in development that never surfaced. It's a good thing the game wound up an FPS and not an RTS though. There's no way they could have possibly pulled off a compelling RTS. And at the time Halo released Total Annihilation was still king of the roost, even if it was old. I think I would have contemplated suicide if I had to listen to a zillon morons go on about how awesome of an RTS Halo was. The people who followed Command and Conquer were bad enough.

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jbitzer

The myth games were actually pretty popular, until Myth 2 was released with some virus/glitch on the disc that would wreck your hard drive.

They were more tactical focused strategy games than build crap and go get resources. And when Halo was first teased online, people were going crazy. yeah, for a strategy game. It was a different world back then.

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MaximumMike

Yes, it was very different. Good RTS's are hard to come by now.

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jbitzer

That's because at the time everyone was jumping on the RTS craze because of starcraft. Just like they jump on and make crappy COD clones today. They flooded the market with strategy, most weren't good, and it sort of killed the genre.

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MaximumMike

Maybe blasphemy, but I would argue that StarCraft wasn't good.

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jbitzer

You're right of course, but it sold crazy good.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

They should have used the paper clip, instead.

The Microsoft adoration is getting thick around here lately.

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vrmlbasic

Will this "go emo" on you, and cause annoying graphical overlays to pop up on your phone? Will it start babbling through your phone's speakers?

After Halo 3 I have concerns about this lol.

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MaximumMike

After Halo 1 I realized why console games suck. There was no Halo 2, much less 3. Plenty of other real games to play without wasting time on that piece of junk franchise.

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sirnotapearing

the next question is how long tell it's ported to desktop

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vrmlbasic

Right after the whole Halo franchise makes it to the desktop... ;)

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MaximumMike

Why port a crappy console shooter to a PC environment with real FPS games? It's akin to buying a $5 headset at radio shack and running home to plug it into your premium $5,000 home theatre system. Why would you want to plug a piece of crap into an amazing system capable of so much more?

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vrmlbasic

Because shooters with campaign coop (which M$ foolishly stripped out for PC) and plot, even to the level of games like Halo, are rarer than hen's teeth.

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lordfirefox

Microsoft didn't port Halo 1 to the PC so they didn't strip out co-op. that was Gearbox. They did the port. It looks good but the lack of co-op was inexcusable. Halo 2 was ported by Microsoft and it didn't look nearly as good and it ran like crap. And then there was the whole "Vista Only" thing.

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MaximumMike

Well, I guess I've never cared about coop in FPS games. It's not really my bag of tea. I like to do the story lines by myself and at my own pace. But that's just me. I can certainly appreciate that other people want that feature even though it doesn't appeal to me. But if Microsoft stripped that element out of the port to PC, then it makes even less sense to port it to PC, imho.

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jako800

Why do people still play Indy and Retro games with such horrible graphical quality? Because they are fun. It's not all about the graphical quality. Some, simply enjoy the Halo Universe/Story line.

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MaximumMike

Well, I could buy that line of logic if Halo were in any way more fun than the zillion other FPS's which are infinitely better on the PC... but it's not. It's a cheap console knockoff of a real PC game that somehow managed enough console fanfare to win itself a rather pathetic appearance on the PC.

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jbitzer

I always likened the Halo series to Eddie Murphy's old comedy routine about how women control men with sex. And it isn't by giving it to them. They withold it, until the moment they finally give in, and the guy thinks it's the best sex ever. You give a man who hasn't eaten in six months a cracker, and he's going to think it's the best meal he's ever had: "What is this, a Saltine? NO NO NO, this must be a Ritz, this cracker is delicious!" Etc, only with fouler language.

Anyway, halo is the cracker. When compared to all the other shit on consoles, it's prime rib. When compared to PC shooters, it's like swanson hungry man chopped, processed beef substance, that has been thrown up by someone else and served to you.

Halo is like Fisher Price's "My first FPS"

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MaximumMike

Haha, nuff said.

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Baer

I have had two Windows phones and both of them have had voice activated questions Etc and they work well. Perhaps they have improved it and now given it a name but it has always been there and worked reasonably well.

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dgrmouse

If it's anything like its competition, it will provide a lot more than just dictation support. It is shocking how much interesting and useful stuff Google Now can provide you if it has access to your e-mail and GPS data. It details everything from tracking the status of packages that've been shipped to you to electronic boarding passes and terminal numbers for upcoming flights and GPS directions to wherever it thinks you're likely to be going soon. It does it all without a lot of formal setup or training, and it's pretty remarkable - to the extent that it heightens your awareness of how dangerously simple it is to build up a profile on someone.

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gmvolk

I must be using Google Now wrong then because I only seem to see weather and sometimes upcoming local events. To me it seems like an easier way to search than by opening browser and going to google.

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jgottberg

lol!! I thought Apple had a lock on adjectives that have no hope of ever living up to such high expectations!

"Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud ......."

"Magical" - Really?

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jako800

I knew they would get in to the virtual assistant game sooner or later. Well then, I guess Cortana lives once more. Now I hope they use her voice.

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devin3627

its Adon from turok 2 seeds of evil!