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How can Cortana improve her talking skills?

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  1. Conversation mode please.

    Ok, you may have done this already but one of the key dis-associative elements I've found in using digital assistants is the continual requirement to say a key phrase "Hey Cortana!", "Hey Google" or whatever. Can we have a voice activated "conversation mode" whereby Cortana assumes that every statement/question is directed at it until a further terminating voice command is issued or a phonecall is initiated/received? Example:

    User: "Hey Cortana, go to chat mode"
    Cortana: "Ok, talk to me"
    User: "what's the time?"
    Cortana: "its 1:58pm"
    User: "do I have any appointments this afternoon?"
    Cortana: "There's nothing in the calendar" …

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    • Cortana should talk instead of giving options

      Scenario-A ( current )

      1- text message arrives
      2- Cortana(giving options): You got a text from xx , READ IT or IGNORE-IT
      3- User: Rea-d-it / Ig-no-re. (it's tiring to speak these words)

      Scenario-A (alternate)
      2- Cortana(talking): You got a text from xx, want me to read it.
      3- User: Yes / Yes please / Yes dear / No / Not now / Do not disturb /
      Shut Up or something else.
      4- then Cortana can TALK on further options (if applicable)

      19 votes
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      • Make Cortana the main interface of an operating system on PC's

        Make an option in the operating system where Cortana is the main interface of an operating system on the PC. You should be able to turn it on and off via voice command and Cortana should be able to understand your commands better as well as have a conversation with you. Give Cortana a user customizable avatar (kind of like how we can customize windows with themes). Allow third parties to also provide customization options. The avatar option should also be able to be turned on or off.

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        • Cortana should talk back at the same pace the user speaks to her

          I discussed this idea on reddit and people seem to like it. Please vote and contribute your ideas and lets bring it to the developers of Cortana.

          "I guess you guys have seen the new AI, Hound by Sound Hound. To be honest, it is way more impressive than Cortana in terms of complexity of questions it can handle ( at least as seen in the video) .

          But what I noticed about Hound is that, it talks really really fast...something I don't like at all. But I don't care about Hound since Cortana is what matters to me, I…

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          • We train dog using sounds, noises and gestures: how do we train Cortana to recognise this shortcut language

            Allow for adding non-language sounds, noises, etc, and assign some meaning or context to that audio gesture, that would translate into wording or phrases. In training dogs and I make a "I hear you guys doing something and I want you to let me know it is not bad or you are OK"; how do I add that to Cortana?

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              • Cancel a text message

                When I'm dictating a text message and Cortana says "Send, add more or try again?", I would like to be able to say "Cancel" or "Forget it". Sometimes I can't get Cortana to understand a key word in the text and I just want to give up and cancel the process. Currently I get stuck in the "try again" loop, which is very distracting while I'm driving.

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                • Cortana should read a selected text when I tell her

                  I want Cortana to read a selected text when I tell her. This would not be limited to Edge only, but usable across browsers, text editors etc ...

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                  • You are chief

                    Keeps calling me chief no matter what name i set in the notebook

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                    • 12 votes
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                      • Cortana icon should change from round to her human formfrom her head to waist, shar should be able to do gestures and talk with expressions

                        Cortana in human form will be interesting instead of the circled icon Cortana color should change according to the start theme colors. Cortana should do gestures and talk with facial expressions and feelings and emotions. With that she will look more like a personal assistant.

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                          • Access Hardware settings

                            Hey Cortana turn down the ringer volume 2 or Hey Cortana turn up the screen brightness 3 or Hey cortana turn on the Bluetooth or wifi, etc.. Take a picture, turn off location

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                            • multiple personality settings

                              I would like Cortana to have settings like sarcasm or overly happy or angry or Zen and an option to switch between or randomly select said responses

                              21 votes
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                              • quiet hours

                                When I activate quiet hours when I am into a meeting Cortana should also automatically mute the app sounds also. It is sharing when in the middle of a meeting Cortana says "you have got a message from Mr. Xxx. Shall I read it or ignore it?

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                                • Cortana should recognize the address of my contacts

                                  I should be able to tell "Hey Cortana. Take me to NAME house" and she should recognize the address from the contact to take me there.

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                                  • Remind me about gift cards/coupons

                                    I can (and do) manually go in and add reminders for gift cards I need to remember to use. When I went to local Target, Cortana finally got me to use the card I'd had for months. But I should be able to take a picture of any card I get and have Cortana keep track of that card, and remind me any time I'm at any Target, not just one specific location. Bonus points for keeping track of the balance on the card! Another bonus for keeping track of coupons or deals that have expiration dates and reminding me…

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                                    • Visual Studio Online integration

                                      How about an integration with Visual Studio Online? I would love to be able to say "Hay Cortana, report a bug ..." or "Create an issue for ... and assign it to me".

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                                      • Any help?

                                        For Windows 10, Cortana always minimize if you switch task and uses other program. I would like Cortana to still be up and running and not minimizing unless I want to. Is there already a way to do that? If not, can it be added on the next update?

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                                        • Make it bit funny

                                          If someone asks cortana "will you marry me" make cortana reply that "you are like my best friend" trust me that will win the internet :')

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