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Is Cortana really a good personal assistant?

Updated on November 24, 2015
Cortana, A personal windows assistant.
Cortana, A personal windows assistant.

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I am not a user of Siri (iPhone assistant) but having a personal assistant, I need some feature in Cortana (Windows 10 assistant) that are missing. It is just my personal opinion.

There is no new thing in WIndows 10 for me, Edge isn't surprising thing and look is just okay. I installed Window 10 with one reason and that is to check how Cortana works, how she answers my questions and she works with Windows 10.

After using Cortana, I am missing something that I want in Cortana very soon.

Cortana Offline Mode

We know Cortana works with Internet, we say a command and she sends that command to her data base to get the answer and when she gets it she replies and that is the problem that Cortana doesn't work without Internet connection. Why would I need Internet connection when I want Cortana to play a song from my PC?


Microsoft should allow users to download Cortana's database so that Cortana works offline. I would be really amazing.

"Hey Cortana" too long

In normal life we put nick names on people to call them because it is easy to say and isn't stupid, in Windows 10 if we want to call Cortana we would have to say "Hey Cortana" but what if you want her help again and again, would you call her "Hey Cortana" all the time? its just stupid.


Instead of calling her "Hey Cortana" I want to call her with name of one word, like "Cortana" or any nick name that I want to apply on her. Currently there is no such feature to add our own nick name on Cortana but I need it.

Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers

Cortana's answers

Microsoft has added many possible answers in Cortana to make it funny, like if you ask (Who is better, Windows or Mac) but I am not going to waste my time to ask such questions, I want her productive and more serious than just funny but it is okay.


I want her to answer any questions in her own Window and doesn't use third party app such as EDGE. It usually happens when she doesn't have answer of a question, she would through you to webpage with search result so you can find related information yourself, if that is the case than I can do this myself, I don't need her to write something for me.

Integration with Third Party Application
Integration with Third Party Application

Integration with Third Party Application

This is also an issue for me if I am using Cortana. The new browser in Windows 10 Edge is not am impressive as people were thinking and I am one of them, I don't use it but Cortana does.

When you want Cortana to find information about specific word from the web page, you must be using EDGE otherwise there is no option to do so, also if you are asking something to Cortana and she doesn't have an answer, she would through you to search result of BING on EDGE even if another browser is set to default.


I want Cortana should support other popular browsers such as Chrome or Mozila so that I can use her.

Notification & Suggestions
Notification & Suggestions

Notifications & Suggestions

Notifications means all the notifications and updates from social media, news, sports or from any source that are important to me and suggestions means something that I am missing like Google does when you write in search bar.


Current world is bound to social media "Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus etc..." and all the time we needs updates from their. Twitter already is doing their job by sending SMS but if I have an assistant then I want her to give me all the updates from Social Media sites. I also want her to update my status, tweet or post something so I don't need to write while I am doing something els.

Suggestion means when I am trying to find something and forgetting its name than Cortana pops up a massage suggesting if I am missing this or not. Google does the same job with search results but I want Cortana to do same with local computer.

Cortana! play with me

Cortana does answers some funny questions, tell jokes and so on, this is cool but can they make it more cooler, what if Cortana plays a game with us?


Every game has CPU user and Real user but I want that CPU user could commend, say while playing like a real user. If it is too complicated to add such feature than at least they can make some games specially for Cortana to play with her.

I shared these feedback thinking as user using on daily bases, I need assistant who can help me when I am working, watching, listening, playing or browsing and if I am getting all the features in Cortana than it is complete solution for me BUT WAIT I might might another feature in coming times because mind doesn't stop.

You might need different features in Cortana to help you with what you do at personal computer so will lead to new ideas. Don't sit back and share what you have in your minds for Cortana.

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