Microsoft’s Cortana is going to be a privacy-friendly personal assistant

Microsoft CortanaMicrosoft is all set for launching their Siri like personal assistant called Cortana. But unlike most of the other personal assistants, Microsoft is trying very hard to make Cortana stand out from the crowd. According to latest reports Cortana will be a privacy friendly voice assistant and will give importance to your personal privacy settings. In short the application will ask you the types of information you want to share with the assistant.

Microsoft decision could be the result of Google Now’s privacy issues which came under fire not too long ago. Google Now was subjected to a lot of criticism saying it didn’t respect the user privacy. Tom Warren from The Verge says Microssoft’s biggest challenge would be to make sure that it work flawlessly like Siri without having to depend on a list of preset commands. Microsoft is planning to launch it for the Windows based PC, smartphones, XBOX One and tablets. This will make sure that Cortana will stay one step ahead of Siri by becoming an all-purpose voice assistant.

[quote_box_center]“Central to Microsoft’s vision for Cortana is a Notebook feature that will allow Windows Phone users to control exactly what information is shared with the digital assistant,” Warren writes. “Notebook will allow the Cortana digital assistant to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information. We’re told it’s designed as a privacy feature to ensure Cortana doesn’t freely access information without a level of user control. While Cortana will learn things about users, it won’t store them in the Notebook without asking you, and any information that’s stored can be edited or deleted.”[/quote_box_center]

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